The Charles Humphreys Award for Innovative Pedagogy

Nathalie Roy

Thomas Hendrickson
Citation & Interview

Miriam Patrick

Kevin Ballestrini
Citation & Interview


The American Classical League has established this award in memory of Charles Humphreys to recognize excellence in teaching Classics and Classical Languages. Nominees should exemplify those qualities which Charles himself brought to teaching and the profession, namely a “sparkling enthusiasm for scholarship, education, and the Humanities,” which lead to innovative teaching practices (in the classroom or delivered through other means), including interdisciplinary instruction and authentic, real life learning opportunities for all students. Furthermore, the nominee should show evidence of how he/she has influenced our profession by sharing and disseminating innovative practices for other teachers.

A nominee must be: 

1. a member of ACL 
2. currently teaching Classics at any level or in any forum
3. nominated by a professional colleague (fellow teacher or administrator at the nominee’s school, or a fellow classicist who knows the nominee well in a professional capacity, etc.) N.B. Self-nominations are allowed, but letters of recommendation by professional colleagues must still be submitted. 

Recipients of the Award will be recognized at the Annual Institute of the ACL. A plaque will be provided to the recipient at the banquet.

Nominations should be sent to the Chair of the ACL Awards Committee at

The committee reserves the right to award more than one award in a year if there are many of equal merit. Additionally, nominations that are good but did not win will remain active for up to three years and may be awarded in the future.

The deadline for nominations is February 1. A complete nomination consists of the following items:

  1. Nomination form 

  2. The nominee’s current CV

  3. Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues (fellow teacher or administrator at the nominee’s school, another classicist who knows the nominee well in a professional capacity, etc.), specifically speaking to the nominee’s innovation in the teaching of Classics and its impact on the nominee’s students, school, community, and the larger profession


Please email the CV and letters of recommendation (in PDF format, attached to a single email) to

The American Classical League

860 NW Washington Boulevard | Suite A | Hamilton, OH 45013
Phone: 513-529-7741 | Fax: 513-529-7742