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Nov. 11, 2016

Humanities faculty member to teach abroad in Greece

By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant

Dr. Dawn Gilley

Dr. Dawn Gilley

A Northwest Missouri State University faculty member will teach at the American College of Greece (AGC) through the Missouri-Greece program next spring.

Dr. Dawn Gilley, associate professor of humanities, was selected to teach at the college in Athens, Greece, Jan. 11 through May 28. She is the second faculty member from Missouri to receive the opportunity to travel to Greece through the program. 

“The opportunity to spend a full semester in Greece was just too good to pass up,” Gilley said. “My research is in ancient Greek history and, because of budget constraints, it is hard for the University to fund a full research trip for me to go abroad as well as the time in the classroom.”

Gilley will teach and conduct research in Greece. She also hopes to travel to new archaeological digs for research. She will spend weekends on the Greek island of Lesvos, working with Syrian refugees.

“My research on the reception of Alexander the Great consists of a lot of textual analysis of various first and second century BCE and CE manuscripts, some of which can only be found in Athens or Rome,” Gilley said. “Additionally, there is some new epigraphic evidence that I need to see in Athens’ National Epigraphic Museum.”

She will teach a survey of Western Civilization course and looks forward to teaching the origins of democracy in the place it was invented. She plans to publish a blog about her experience in Athens at

“There are a few places, which I teach about in my courses, that I have yet to see,” Gilley said. “As a historian, you cannot really teach about a culture and its history until you have spent some time seeing the things you teach about.” 

Gilley started teaching at Northwest in 2009. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history at Baylor University, her master’s in Greek classics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

AGC is the oldest American-accredited college in Europe and the largest private college in Greece. The Missouri-Greece program is sponsored by the Missouri Consortium for International Program and Studies (MOCON), which was established in 1982 and operates cooperative study abroad programs and international initiatives to serve all Missouri public universities.

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