Mike Fontaine joined the Department of Classics in 2004. Widely known for his research in Latin literature and Roman society, Mike twice served as the Paideia Professor for the Living Latin in Rome program. This is a unique summer program that brings outstanding undergraduates from all over the world to Rome where they learn to write and speak Classical Latin amid the ancient ruins. Mike served as the Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Classics for a number of years.
Mike served with great distinction as the Acting Dean of Faculty during the spring semester in 2016. Drawing upon his experience as the Associate Dean of Faculty (2011-2015) he represented his colleagues with both grace and humor during a semester that was filled with tragedy and controversy. Sensitive to the isolation that is sometimes felt by new faculty, Mike pioneered the “Faculty Speed Meeting” program. This program stages several festive events during the year that enable faculty to meet colleagues from around the university.