Centre College Faculty
Charles Ken Keffer, Jr.• H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of French and German
Office: Crounse Hall—469
Ken Keffer is a professor of modern languages at Centre College, where he has taught since 1979. He has held the Stodghill Professorship in Modern Languages since its inception in 2004.
Keffer received Centre's “Rookie of the Year Award” in his first year at Centre and in 1988 and in 2010 received the David Hughes Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Keffer has spent 5 years in Europe serving as the teacher and director of Centre's residential study-abroad programs in Strasbourg and in London. He was a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in Germany for a year and has pursued advanced research at locations in France, Germany, and Spain. Keffer has published scholarly articles in French and English and an award winning book (Mellen, 2001) on Montaigne's Essays. This book was translated and published in French under the title Montaigne For Ever in 2005 (Editions Champion).
Since 2002 Keffer has devoted his “Art of Walking” courses to the study of Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Judgment. In the summer of 2012 he began reading Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time in German, French, and English, the topic of future writing and research.
Keffer holds a B.A. in French and English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in romance languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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In 2010, Keffer was named the 2010 Kentucky Professor the Year by The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more, click here.
File last updated: 9/27/13