The Department of Art History is pleased to share that Dr. Julie Van Voorhis, Associate Professor of Greek and Roman Art, has been awarded the David and Cheryl Morley ASURE Teacher-of-the-Year Award.
The College of Arts and Sciences' ASURE program (Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Experience) introduces students to hands-on research as early as possible in their academic careers, emphasizing mentorship and project-based learning. In Spring 2023, Professor Van Voorhis taught the ASURE course, ARTH-A 200: Storytelling in Ancient Greek & Roman Art, which culminated in the exhibition, Life and Legend: Storytelling and Greek Pottery, currently on view at the IU Eskenazi Museum of Art. The College shared the following statement about Professor Van Voorhis’s teaching:
"Julie has been an instructor in the ASURE program for several years, and this year she once again offered students the opportunity to do deep and meaningful research in the collections of the Eskenazi Museum of Art here on campus. Once again, her students conceptualized and mounted their own museum exhibition of a number of objects to be found in the Museum’s collections, paying special attention to the complexities of choosing and then presenting a coherent group of objects for public display. Once again, her students excelled in offering an amazing exhibition of artifacts. Students reported an almost universal love of the course and declared that they will never enter a museum (any museum) and think about its displays in the same way again. Julie has accomplished this year—as she has in her past years with the ASURE Program—the Program’s goal of transforming students in their abilities to think through complex research questions leading to a changed outlook on what critical thinking and creative engagement look like through a meaningful engagement with the liberal arts tradition.”