Ann Steiner becomes third don of Bonchek House
Prof. Ann Steiner will take up the position of Don of Bonchek College House on July 1. She has been a member of the faculty at F&M for more than 30 years, as a member of the Classics Department. A classical archaeologist, specializing in the study of ancient Mediterranean ceramics, her special focus is on pottery made in ancient Athens. Currently, her field work is at the Etruscan site of Poggio Colla in Tuscany, a professional excavation that serves as a field school for undergraduates. Every summer between 6 and 10 F&M students participate in excavation and research at Poggio Colla for a five-week season. Professor Steiner became interested in serving as a Don in part through working with students outside of the traditional classroom setting at Poggio Colla and seeing first hand how rich and exciting those experiences can be.
For the past decade, Professor Steiner served in the administration at F&M, most recently as Provost and Dean of the Faculty. She has been in Athens in 2013-14, carrying out research on the dining practices of officials in the fifth century Athenian democracy. She is very eager to get back into the classroom and immersed in life at Bonchek House.
She is married to Richard Bidgood, F&M Class of 1976. Dr. Bidgood was a philosophy major here at F&M and then earned a PhD in that field, but his career was in finance. He has, in recent years, taught a first year seminar at F&M and has advised the Model UN group on campus. He looks forward to getting to know Bonchekers as well.