Biographical Sketch

 John Gruber-Miller, Edwin R. and Mary E. Mason Professor of Languages, 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!  

Academic History

  • 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) 24-27.
  • "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.

Courses Taught

  • 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

Faculty-Student Research

  • Cornell Summer Research Institute (with Miranda Donnellan and Joe Sterchele) to produce a teaching aid on Roman Food, create an animated version of Aulus Gellius’ “Arion and the Dolphin” in Latin, and develop a geospatial interface and new website for Imagining Ancient Corinth, 2015
  • 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 (, 2008-
  • Vice-President, American Classical League, 2015-              
  • ACL/SCS Task Force for the Revision of the Standards for Classical Language Learning Member, 2015-
  • SCS Committee on Education, 2014-
  • Member, Editorial Board, Dickinson College Commentaries, 2014-
  • CAMWS Executive Committee, member at-large, 2007-10; ex officio 2010-
  • Member, Editorial Board, Amphora, the outreach magazine of the SCS, 2008-2015
  • Member, ACL/APA Joint Task Force on Latin Teacher Preparation, charged with developing national standards for Latin teacher preparation, 2008-10

Academic Awards

  • 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

  • Chair, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, 2015-
  • Member, Writing Program Committee, 2015-
  • Program Adviser: Classical Studies Program, 1987-2014
  • Program Adviser: Archaeology, 2005-14
  • 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)
  • AMICI, Classical Association of Iowa