University of Colorado’s Diane Conlin Honored by the Archaeological Institute of America

Diane Conlin, an associate professor of classics emerita at the University of Colorado Boulder, has won the 2021 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award from the Archaeological Institute of America. Dr. Conlin, who joined the faculty at the University of Colorado in 1998, has taught both in classics and art and art history and specializes in the art, architecture and archaeology of ancient Rome. She is the author of The Artists of the Ara Pacis: The Process of Hellenization in Roman Relief Sculpture (University of North Carolina Press, 1997) and co-author of Campus Martius: The Field of Mars in the Life of Ancient Rome (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

During her tenure on the faculty, Dr. Conlin led the charge in to create a new curriculum in classical archaeology, including a new undergraduate major and a new master’s degree. She also worked with Education Abroad to introduce a new archaeological field school in Rome, where she and teams of students excavated the monumental Villa of Maxentius over the course of many summers.

Dr. Conlin said she was “thrilled and rather overwhelmed” by the award: “The greatest gifts of my career have been the opportunities to share my passion for all things ancient Rome with generations of young scholars while also learning alongside them both in the classroom and in the field.”

Dr. Conlin earned a Ph.D. at the Univerity of Michigan.

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