For Faculty

The museum is envisioned as a place of in-depth, interdisciplinary examination of artifacts from the ancient world, with custom designed spaces and new facilities to enhance this work.  To this end, we invite faculty from across the Hopkins community to consider ways in which the use of the museum and its artifacts can be incorporated into their courses.  Since the museum opened in the Fall of 2010, faculty from several departments have taught over one hundred courses with the museum collection or brought their students to the museum. For details of some of the undergraduate and graduate courses previously taught, please click here.

Professor Theodore Lewis (Near Eastern Studies) discusses an incantation bowl fragment with students in his Advanced Aramaic course.

Some of the projects completed through previous courses are highlighted on our Objects Stories page, including projects by Herica Valladares (Classics); Theodore Lewis (Near Eastern Studies); and Alan Shapiro (Classics).

In recent months, the museum has also welcomed faculty from the Maryland Institute College of Art, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation.

Students examine a kylix with Professor Alan Shapiro (Classics) in the course “Understanding Greek Vases”.

Working with the museum collection can take many forms, including:

  • Arranging a tour of the museum for your students, or leading a tour of the museum based on objects you would like to highlight.
  • Developing a course using objects in the museum collection.  Our collection of nearly 9000 artifacts contains many strengths and offers a variety of illustrative examples for teaching.
  • Arranging a hands-on session for your students to handle and work with museum artifacts.  Please note that this activity works best in small groups of 10-15 students at a time.
  • Creating research projects–for both students and faculty–with specific artifacts in mind.

Please contact us for more information on teaching in/with the museum collection.