Professor of Classics; Richard and Norma Small Distinguished Professor
312 College Hall
John Gruber-Miller, Professor of Classics, teaches a range of courses in classics, Greek, and Latin and is the advisor for Cornell's interdisciplinary classical studies program. Gruber-Miller is the editor of the 2006 book When Dead Tongues Speak: Teaching Beginning Greek and Latin, published by Oxford University Press. He also serves as editor of Teaching Classical Languages, a peer-reviewed, online journal dedicated to Latin and Greek pedagogy; and he maintains two Internet educational sites: Ariadne: Resources for Athenaze and Let's Review Greek!
- PhD in Classics, The Ohio State University, 1987
- Regular Member, American School of Classical Studies in Athens, 1983-84
- MA in Classics, The Ohio State University, 1982
- Honors AB, Xavier University, 1979
- "Six Categories for Assessing the Representation of Women in Textbooks," Cloelia n.s. 4 (2014) 24-28.
- "Engaging Multiple Literacies through Remix Practices: Vergil Recomposed," Teaching Classical Languages 4.2 (2013): 141-60.
- Ariadne: Resources for Athenaze, an online textbook for beginning Greek students that offers images, audio files, oral scripts, readings, writing activities, and cultural essays.
- "Exploring Relationships: Amicitia and Familia in Cicero's de Amicitia," Classical World 103.1 (2009): 88-92.
- "Teaching Culture in Beginning Greek," CPL Online 4.1 (2008) 1-10.
- Editor, When Dead Tongues Speak: Teaching Beginning Greek and Latin (Oxford University Press 2006)
- “Developing Listening and Speaking Skills: Practical Ways to Implement the Standards with the Oxford Latin Course,” Classical Journal 101 (2005) 87-98.
- "Seven Myths about Latin Teaching," Syllecta Classica 15 (2004): 193-215.
- "How Do You Say 'MOO' in Latin: Assessing Student Learning in Beginning Latin," with Cindy Benton. CALICO Journal 18.2 (2001) 305-38.
- "Toward Fluency and Accuracy: A Reading Approach to College Latin." Latin for the 21st Century. Ed. R. LaFleur (Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley 1998) 162-75.
- Beginning Latin I-III
- Beginning Ancient Greek I-III
- Introduction to Latin Literature and Culture
- Introduction to Greek Literature and Culture
- The Age of Cicero
- The Age of Augustus
- Roman Historians
- Ancient Greek Politics, Society, and Culture
- The Greek Hero
- Tragedy and Catharsis (First Year Seminar)
- Big Screen Rome (First Year Writing Course)
- Classical Mythology
- Women in Antiquity
- Comedy: Greece and Rome to Hollywood
- Love and Sexuality in Greece and Rome
- Epic Tradition
- Junior-Senior Seminar: Ancient Slavery
- Student-Faculty Research (with Chase McAdams, Jon David Stroud), to author a grammatical, historical, and cultural commentary on Pausanias, Books 2 (Corinth) and 3 (Sparta), write cultural essays, create classroom activities, develop image database, create GoogleEarth maps, online vocabulary activities (Quizlet), 2013
- Student-Faculty Research (with Calla Holmes-Robbins), to create image database and Google maps for Imagining Greece: Pausanias’ Periegesis, image-driven vocabulary frequency database for Aeneid 1-6, research on integrating women in beginning Latin, 2012
- Student-Faculty Research (with Phillip Gallagher), to author a grammatical, historical, and cultural commentary on Pausanias, Books 5-6 (Olympia), write cultural essays, create classroom activities, develop slideshows, 2010
- Student-Faculty Research (with Emily Vinci), to author a grammatical, historical, and cultural commentary on Pausanias, Book 2 (Corinth), develop vocabulary frequency lists, write cultural essays, create classroom activities, 2009
Service to the Profession
- Editor, Teaching Classical Languages, a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to Latin and Greek pedagogy (http://www.tcl.camws.org/), 2008-
- Member, APA Committee on Education, 2014-
- Member, Editorial Board, Amphora, the outreach magazine of the APA, 2008-
- CAMWS Executive Committee, member at-large, 2007-10; ex officio 2010-
- Member, ACL/APA Joint Task Force on Latin Teacher Preparation, charged with developing national standards for Latin teacher preparation, 2008-10
- Jerry and Carole Ringer Distinguished Professor, 2011-14
- Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics at the College Level, American Philological Association, 2012
- Ovatio for distinguished service and leadership, CAMWS 2012
- Campbell McConnell Fellowship to travel to Greece and prepare materials for an intermediate Greek textbook “Imagining Greece: Pausanias’ Periegesis”
- Core Faculty Member, VRoma Project: A Virtual Community for Teaching and Learning Classics, funded by an NEH Teaching with Technology Grant.
- National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to attend a Summer Institute "New Perspectives on Classical Antiquity: Classics and the 21st Century American Curricula" at the University of Arizona. Director: Bella (Zweig) Vivante
- National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to attend a Summer Institute, "Sappho and Lady Mary Wroth," at the University of Maryland. Directors: Judith Hallett and Jane Donawerth
- Fulbright Fellowship (to attend the summer session of the American Academy at Rome and the Vergilian Society program at Cumae)
Service to the Cornell Community
- Program Advisor: Classical Studies Program
- Program Advisor: Archaeology
- Chair, Civic Engagement Advisory Committee, 2011-14
- Chair, Student Engagement and Retention Committee, 2012
- Chair, College Librarian Search, 2011
- Chair, Academic Programs Committee, 2008-10
- Chair, Committee on Administration, 2005-07
- Chair, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 2001-07
- Coordinator, Diversity/Global Perspective Reading Group, 2006-07
- Co-Director (with Michelle Mouton), Sophomore Writing Portfolio Pilot Study, 2004-05
- Chair, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, 1998-2000, 2003-04
- Co-Chair, Women's Studies Committee, 1996-99
- Chair, Humanities Multimedia Classroom Planning Committee, 1997-98
- Society for Classical Studies (SCS), formerly known as the American Philological Association (APA)
- American Classical League (ACL)
- American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
- American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
- Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)
- Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS)
- Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO)
- Iowa World Languages Association (IWLA)