In spring 2009, Dr. Van Steen left the Department of Classics to accept a prestigious endowed chair at the University of Florida, and Dr. Hasaki was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Following the 2010-11 academic year, Dr. Skinner retired and assumed Emerita status.
In summer 2009, the Department offered intensive 1st and 2nd year Greek for the first time. The Intensive Summer Latin Program continues to flourish, and now draws students from across the country. Michael Teske continues to make valuable contributions to undergraduate instruction in the Department, as he has done during winter and summer sessions for decades.
In 2009 Dr. Soren was named editor of Etruscan Studies. That same year, the UA Department of Classics was the birthplace of an exciting new scholarly journal: the Journal of Ancient Egypt Interconnections. JAEI focuses on all types of interconnections between ancient Egypt and other cultures in the ancient world. It is edited by Drs. Wilkinson (Editor) and Schon (Assistant Editor).
In fall 2009, as the result of a university-wide reconfiguration of colleges and programs, the Department's classical archaeologists joined a new School of Anthropology. While Anthropology is now their home Department, the classical archaeologists retain half-time appointments in the Department of Classics. All degree programs in Classics, both undergraduate and graduate, are unaffected by this new administrative configuration. The classical philologists are now part of SILLC, a newly formed School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures that is made up of the Departments of Classics, East Asian Studies, French and Italian, German Studies, and Russian and Slavic Studies, and the Programs of Africana Studies, Critical Languages, and Religious Studies. Following a national search, a Director of SILLC was selected in 2010, Dr. Alain-Philippe Durand. SILLC remains housed within the College of Humanities, and COH Dean Wildner-Bassett oversees the newly formed school.
Dr. White served as Interim Head of Classics in AY 2009-10, and was named Head for a term of 3 years in April 2010. Dr. van den Berg left the Department in 2010 to accept a position at Amherst College. Dr. Mike Lippman (Ph.D. Duke University), a Visiting Assistant Professor in AY 2009-10, was extended as a lecturer for 3 years in spring 2010. Dr. Gil Renberg served as Visiting Assistant Professor in AY 2010-11. That same semester, Dr. Vivante, who served as the Department's second Director of Graduate Studies from 2008 to 2010, and Dr. White were promoted to the rank of full professor. Dr. Christenson, who served as Basic Latin Program Director from 2008 to 2011, was promoted to full professor in the spring of 2011. Dr. Karen Acton (Ph.D. University of Michigan) and Stacey McGowen (D.Phil. Oxford University) served as Visiting Assistant Professors in AY 2011-12.
The Department continues its many outreach efforts. In fall 2009 Dr. White and Latin teaching assistants Adam Cirzan, Brennan McDavid, and Hunter Nielsen began working closely with at-risk middle school students and their teacher Jaimie Gunderson, a UA Classics alum. This exciting Latin infusion project at Pima Partnership Academy was featured on PBS's Arizona Illustrated. In AY 2010-11 Latin teaching assistants launched an extremely successful Classics and Latin outreach program at Henry Elementary School in Tucson.
The graduate program continues to grow and thrive. In 2010, new endowed prizes in the names of Jim Doidge and Sandra Rhead Jones were established. In the fall of 2010, the Department of Classics established a new M.A. Emphasis in Latin Philology. During AY 2008-9, 12 students were awarded the M.A. in Classics; in AY 2011-12, that number grew to 14 students. The graduate program received an unprecedented number of applications in spring 2012 (70). Between 2000 and 2012, M.A. recipients were offered Ph.D. acceptances and support packages from the following institutions: University of California at Berkeley, Boston University, Brown University, Bryn Mawr College, Catholic University of America, Columbia University, Cornell University, Duke University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, State University of New York at Buffalo, The Ohio State University, University of California at Los Angeles, University of California at Irvine Consortium, University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Chicago, University of Cincinnati, University of Colorado, University of Michigan, University of Missouri, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Rutgers University, University of Southern California, University of Toronto, University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin, and Yale University. Many other M.A. graduates assumed Latin and Classics secondary teaching positions, including several at nationally recognized BASIS charter schools.
Faculty continue to win major grants and fellowships. In 2011 Dr. Schon was awarded an Enduring Questions Grant ($25,000) from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop a course on the subject of cooperation. Dr. Hasaki won a Margo Tytus Visiting Scholar Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati in 2009. Dr. Christenson was awarded a 2011-12 Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship, one of the most prestigious international fellowships in Classics. In 2010 Dr. Soren won his eight Humanities Seminars Superior Teaching Award, and Dr. Austin won his second such award in 2012. In 2012, Dr. Christenson was named the year's University of Arizona Outstanding Mentor of Graduate Students by the Graduate and Professional Student Council, and in 2013 won the University of Arizona Graduate College Graduate Education Teaching and Mentoring Award.
Dr Wilkinson retired in 2012. His University of Arizona Egyptian Exepedition (UAEE) continues under the direction of Dr. Paul Creasman of the UA Laboratory of Tree Ring Research, who is currently teaching CLAS 4/500, Topics of Egyptology, in the Department. Dr. Wilkinson remains involved in the Egyptian project as its Founding Director.
During this period, Dr. Soren became a Principal Investigator of a University of Arizona/University of Florence excavation at Populonia, Tuscany, and Co-Sponsor (with Dr. Simonetta Stopponi of the University of Perugia) of UA excavations at Campo della Fiera, near Orvieto. Since 2009, Soren has accumulated ca. $100,000 in grants and contracts from the Cacioppo Foundation, Frontier Oil, Oxford University Press, and the UA (for promotion of Humanities Week).
In May 2011 Dr. White stepped down from the Headship in order to resume her duties as Professor of Classics. Dr. Steve Martinson, Professor of German Studies, was named Interim Head for AY 2011-12. Dr. Martinson was appointed Head for AY 2012-13. In December 2011 Dr. Martinson established a Graduate Student Educational and Professional Development Fund (GSEPDF), which allows current Classics M.A. students to apply for funding to support professional, educational, and outreach activities related to their graduate studies. In 2012 economic difficulties put an end to the Greek government's support of Modern Greek instruction that had amounted to an infusion of hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Department since 2002. The program will continue in AY 2012-13 under the stewardship of Professor Rip Economou. The Department hired Dr. Mark Thatcher(Ph.D. Brown University) and Dr. Philip Waddell (Ph.D. University of Missouri) as Visiting Assistant Professors for AY 2012-13. Dr. Norman Austin returned to teaching in the Department in AY 2011-12, as did Dr. Skinner in fall 2012.
The Department's Study Abroad opportunities expanded significantly. The Oriveto program, now operating year-round with an annual budget of over $400,000, is still one the university's most popluar study abroad programs. Dr. Vivante has established a summer study abroad program in Greece and Turkey, Myth and Landscape in Ancient Greece. In 2012 Dr. Hasaki established the Arizona in the Aegean Study Abroad Program.
On January 7, 2013, Emeritus Professor Norman Austin became Interim Head of the Department of Classics. The Department hired Dr. Robert Groves (Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles) and Dr. Alexandra Kennedy (Ph.D. University of Washington) as Visiting Assistant Professors for AY 2013-14. In August 2014 Dr. Karen Seat, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, became Acting Head of Classics. In spring 2015 the department conducted searches for two Hellenists; in AY 2015-16 Courtney Friesen (Ph.D. University of Minnesota), currently on the faculty at the University of Oxford, and Arum Park (Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University, will assume Assistant Professorships. Dr. Waddell has also been promoted to Assistant Professor and has begun serving as Director of Graduate Studies.