A Classic Educator & Scholar
Buffalo, NY - Thomas M. Banchich, PhD, became the 2017 recipient of the Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award, during Spring Honors Convocation in May. The prestigious award, presented by the Alumni Association, annually recognizes one faculty member for teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to the academic world.
Banchich is professor and chair of the Classics Department and renowned for keeping the study of Greek and Roman history alive and vital at Canisius. Whether introducing non-experts to Pagans and Christians or helping upper-level students grapple with the niceties of ancient languages, Banchich is equally adept at enlivening material that might otherwise seem intimidating.
The pace and breadth of his scholarship is similarly laudable. Banchich is the author of more than 50 published articles, reviews, encyclopedia entries and book chapters that range from Aristotle and Vergil to the early Church fathers.