Course Planning and Faculty Development


Each June, interested faculty gather at the Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) in Washington, D.C.* to read and discuss relevant texts on a particular subject and develop an inter-institutional courses for the following fall semester.

We invite experts in the subject areas to participate in the seminars, inform the reading of primary source materials, guide the exploration of current themes and topics in those areas, and facilitate the creation of syllabi for the fall courses. There will be two Sunoikisis seminars this summer –  Classical Traditions in Science Fiction and Ancient Science.

Classical Traditions in Science Fiction

Dates: June 5-6, 2017

Application Deadline: April 21, 2017

Consultants: Brett Rogers (University of Puget Sound), Ben Stevens (Trinity University), and Jesse Weiner (Hamilton College)

Course Director: Norman Sandridge (Howard University)

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This workshop is for faculty interested in developing and teaching a Digital Humanities course on classical traditions in science fiction. Our purpose will be to introduce participants to key primary and secondary sources in the field, to engage in a syllabus-building workshop, and to organize the building of modules for teaching the course. This course will be offered in Fall 2017, but anyone is welcome to participate (regardless of ability to participate in the fall course).

Participants may either attend in person at the Center or ‘beam in’ via Skype. The seminar begins the morning of Monday, June 5 and ends mid-day Tuesday, June 6. Tuesday afternoon will be open for additional collaborative work or use of the Center’s library. In-person participants are responsible for securing their own accommodations.

Ancient Science

Dates: June 7-June 13
Application Deadline: April 21, 2017

Course Consultant: Mark Schiefsky, Harvard University

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This seminar will be the first of a series that will focus on the field of ancient science. We hope this course and those to follow will help our programs better position themselves to benefit from the emphasis on STEM fields at a number of institutions that participate in Sunoikisis.

The consultant for Ancient Science 2017 is Mark Schiefsky, who holds a joint appointment in the Department of the History of Science and the Department of Classics at Harvard ( and who currently serves as a senior fellow at the CHS. The course-planning and faculty-development seminar this year aims to create a course in translation suited for students with or without a background in the ancient world and design ways for students of Latin and ancient Greek to read some of the texts in the original language.

The seminar will begin on Thursday, June 8, and conclude on Monday, June 12 (five days), with arrivals on Wednesday, June 7, and departures on Tuesday, June 13. As in past years, those who are actually offering the course will have priority.

*The CHS will provide housing and board. Participants or their sponsoring institutions will be responsible for the costs of travel to and from the CHS. All participants will receive a stipend of $750.


The application deadline is April 21, 2017.

Please fill out the online application form here.

Participation in each seminar will be limited. The seminar will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the following priorities:

  1. Those who will be offering the course for undergraduates at their institutions in the fall of 2016 will receive priority.
  2. Second priority will go to new faculty members, i.e., those who are emerging from graduate programs to take up their first teaching posts.
  3. Those who have never attended a seminar sponsored by Sunoikisis will receive third priority.

The CHS will stream and record the course development seminars. In addition to completing the application form, applicants should also complete the media release form.

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more details.