Professors

Dr. Laura Eidt

University of Dallas, Affiliate Assistant Professor of Modern Languages, Humanities Program Director, Faculty Advisor for Classical K-12 Curriculum

Specializing in Classical Foreign Language Teaching Methods; Bilingual Education; Grammar; Classical Literature including Children’s Literature; Poetry and Recitation

Dr. Laura Eidt received her BA in English Literature and Linguistics from the University of Hamburg (Germany) and her MA and PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been teaching in the Spanish, German, Comparative Literature, and Humanities Programs at the University of Dallas since 2006 and published on German and Spanish poetry. For many years she taught an applied foreign language pedagogy class that sent students to local area schools to teach their language to elementary children, and she was a mentor at a bilingual school in Dallas for four years. Her courses include classes on Foreign Language Pedagogy, Teaching Classical Children’s Literature, and Great Works in the Modern World. She is the faculty advisor for the Classical Curriculum team and is currently writing a Latin curriculum for K-3rd grade.

Dr. Robert Hochberg

University of Dallas, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Specializing in Teaching math classically & Number Theory for K-12 Educators

Rob Hochberg received his B.S. in mathematics from SUNY Stony Brook in 1988, Ph.D. in Mathematics from Rutgers in 1994, and M.S. in Computer Science from NC State in 2002. His research is in computational mathematics, particularly combinatorics and graph theory. He has been involved with K-12, in-service teacher education programs since 1995, and has a real interest in figuring out the best way to help people understand mathematical ideas, sprung from the belief that the general population is much more capable of learning and loving mathematics than is generally believed. He has been teaching at the University of Dallas since 2012, and is the 2020 recipient of the University’s Haggar Teaching Award.

Dr. John M. Peterson

University of Dallas Affiliate Assistant Professor of Humanities, Manager of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs, & Coordinator, Classical Education Graduate Program

Specializing in Seminar Discussion, Classical Pedagogy, Classroom Management, School Culture, 8-12 grade Humane Letters in Charter Schools, History of Liberal Arts, Classical History and Literature, and High School Government & Civics

John Peterson earned his BA in Liberal Arts in 2005 from St. John’s College in Annapolis, his MA in Politics in 2012 , and his PhD in Political Philosophy, also from UD, in 2018. He was a founding faculty member of Founders Classical Academy of Leander, TX, where for four years he taught classical literature, ancient history, rhetoric, and philosophy, and was the faculty mentor for the House of Shakespeare. At UD, he administers and teaches in the Classical Education Graduate Program. His courses include Teaching Great American Speeches, History of Liberal Arts Education, and Classical Pedagogy, Ancient & Modern.

Dr. Gregory Roper

University of Dallas, Associate Professor of English & Co-Editor, Due Santi and the University of Dallas: Un Piccolo Paradiso

Specializing in Classical Writing Instruction for grades 6-12 (and beyond), Defense of Liberal Education, Rhetoric and Argumentation

Gregory Roper, PhD graduated from the University of Dallas with a B.A. in English in 1984 and then went on to take a Master’s and PhD from the University of Virginia in 1986 and 1991. Trained as a medievalist, he has published on Middle English lyrics, the Gawain-poet, and Chaucer. His book, The Writer’s Workshop: Imitating Your Way to Better Writing, was born of his conviction that Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance ways of learning to write could be superior to the way writing was being taught today. He has become a go-to speaker and workshop leader in the teaching of writing using classical education methods, on classical liberal education. His forthcoming book, Mastering the Four Arguments, will bring Stasis Theory to the classical world, and he will follow that up with a book describing the myths of progressive education and the way liberal education is superior in form and content.