The Berkeley Classics Department is not only one of the largest Classics Departments in the US, but also one of the most distinguished. The Department boasts among its current faculty four winners of the Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit of the American Philological Association, our discipline's highest award for best book in the field; six winners of prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships; and two recipients of a MacArthur ("Genius") Award.
The Department has also received many honors within our own institution. Current faculty include four winners of the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award, with Kathleen McCarthy (2007) and Andrew Stewart (2009) as the most recent recipients; seven retiring members (most recently, Donald Mastronarde) have received the Berkeley Citation (the campus' highest award for distinguished faculty service); and four members have been selected to deliver Faculty Research Lectures: Tony Long (2000), Erich Gruen (2004), Leslie Kurke (2010), and Mark Griffith (2016).
Donald Mastronarde has received the Distinguished Service Award of the Society for Classical Studies (2015-2016).
Tony Long has been awarded an honorary doctorate (2015) by the University of Crete in recognition of his studies of ancient philosophy.
Dylan Sailor held a Rome Prize Fellowship in 2007-2008.
Other Noteworthy Honors
Endowed chairs are or have been held by the following members:
- John Ferrari: Melpomene Professor of Classical Languages and Literature (2016-)
- Leslie V. Kurke: Gladys Rehard Wood Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature (2012-); previously Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Arts and Humanities (2007-2012)
- Mark Griffith: Klio Professor of Classical Languages and Literature (for excellence in teaching of Greek language and literature) (2007-)
- Erich S. Gruen: Gladys Rehard Wood Professor of History and Classics Emeritus (1986-2007)
- Anthony A. Long: Irving G. Stone Professor of Literature (1991-)
- Donald J. Mastronarde: Melpomene Professor of Classical Languages and Literature (for excellence in the teaching of Greek tragedy) (2001-2016)
- Andrew F. Stewart: Nicholas C. Petris Chair in Greek Studies (2007-); previously Chancellor's Research Professor in Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology (1998-2003)
- Ronald S. Stroud: Klio Professor of Classical Languages and Literature Emeritus (for excellence in teaching of Greek history) (2001-2007)