Faculty & Staff

The Department of Classics at GVSU offers students with inquiring minds a welcoming place where their individual gifts are recognized and nurtured by our distinguished faculty of scholar-teachers.

Department of Classics

211 Lake Huron Hall
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI  49401

(616) 331-3600 (office)
(616) 331-3775 (fax)

Department Chair

Prof. Melissa Morison
211D Lake Huron Hall

(616) 331-3231

Academic Department Coordinator

Jennie Reed
211 Lake Huron Hall

(616) 331-3600


David Crane

Assistant Professor

211G Lake Huron Hall
(616) 331-3683

Ancient philosophy / Greek literature / narratology / gender and sexuality

David Crane Profile

John Hall

Adjunct Professor

211A Lake Huron Hall
(616) 331-3073


Charles Ham

Assistant Professor

211F Lake Huron Hall
(616) 331-5057

Latin literature (especially poetry) and Roman culture / poetry and philosophy in the works of Ovid

Charles Ham Profile

Benjamin Howland

Benjamin Howland

Visiting Professor

211H Lake Huron Hall
(616) 331-3093

Spartacus / Classical Reception / Classical Exempla during American Reconstruction / Ancient Slavery / The Roman Republic / Ancient World Literature / Race and Racism in American Classical Studies 

Melissa Morison

Associate Professor and Chair

211D Lake Huron Hall
(616) 331-3231

Roman and Greek archaeology / Roman and Late Roman pottery / ceramic petrography / materiality and agency

Melissa Morison Profile

Charles Pazdernik


211E Lake Huron Hall
(616) 331-3165

Greco-Roman political and legal history / late antiquity / classical historiography

Charles Pazdernik Profile

Former Tenured Faculty

Peter Anderson

Peter Anderson

Former Department of Classics Professor

Peter Anderson Profile

Emerita/us Faculty

Diane Rayor

Professor Emerita of Classics

Greek language and literature / literary translation / women in antiquity / mythology

Diane Rayor Profile

William Levitan

Professor Emeritus (retired)

William Levitan Profile


In memoriam

Barbara Flaschenriem

Posthumous Associate Professor Emerita

Barbara Flaschenriem Profile