The Quintilian Society

The Paideia Institute is proud to announce the Quintilian Society, a Legion Project initiative to revitalize the teaching and learning of Latin and ancient Greek in American high schools by supporting PhDs who choose to pursue a career in public secondary education.

The Quintilian Society exists to foster a community of teacher-scholars with advanced training in the classical languages and the humanities, to celebrate the service of classicists who have felt called to pursue a vocation as public servant, and to provide guidance and mentorship to current graduate students who are considering a career as public high school Classics teachers.

The Quintilian Society consists of members (PhD holders who are currently teaching in public high schools) and fellows (recent PhDs, contingent faculty members, or graduate students currently pursuing a PhD in Classics or related fields, and interested in a public high school teaching career).

In order to become a member of the Quintilian Society, high school teachers with PhDs in Classics (or other humanities disciplines) may apply by clicking on the application button below and filling out the application form. Members of the Society have the opportunity to participate in annual meetings organized by the Paideia Institute and exchange ideas and teaching practices with other members and fellows. The Paideia Institute also provides members of the Quintilian Society with financial support to help them attend national teachers’ conferences and other professional events.

If you wish to apply for membership in the Quintilian Society, we ask that you submit the following documents:

  • contact information of two recommenders (at least one must be a colleague);
  • full professional CV;
  • personal statement (2 pages max.), describing your career transition from academia to high school teaching.

Apply for Membership


The Quintilian Society’s fellows receive guidance and mentorship from experienced members to help them navigate the state certification process, as well as financial support from the Paideia Institute to help cover the costs of their professional development. The Society is currently accepting applications for its first class of fellows. We are looking for candidates who are about to obtain, or recently obtained, their PhD in any humanities discipline and who desire to be Classics and humanities teachers. To access the application form, please click on the button below.

If you wish to apply for a fellowship in the Quintilian Society, we ask that you submit the following documents:

  • two letters of recommendation (at least one from a faculty mentor), to be sent via email to [email protected];
  • personal statement (2 pages max.), describing your teaching experience in the academic world as well as your motivation and reasons for wanting to begin a career as a public high school teacher;
  • transcripts from your graduate institution (unofficial transcripts are acceptable);
  • if you have not yet received your PhD, a letter from a member of your department attesting to your good progress in your PhD program and anticipated timely graduation;
  • state certification preferences (please specify the state in which you would like to become a certified teacher).

Apply for Fellowship


ALL APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED. For more information on the Quintilian Society’s mission, you can read this article by Francis R. Hittinger in our online journal, In Medias Res.