Centre College honors three professors
DANVILLE, KY -- Three Centre College faculty members have been honored with their appointment to endowed professorships at the college.
Ken Keffer has been appointed NEH Professor of French and German, one of two endowed chairs created by a 1987 grant to the college from the National Endowment for the Humanities. James Morrison was named NEH Associate Professor of Classics.
John Wilson was appointed to the Elizabeth Dowling Professorship in Science. The Dowling Professorship was created by an estate gift from a Centre alumna in the class of 1907.
Keffer is professor of modern languages at Centre, where he has taught since 1979. A gifted and innovative teacher, Keffer received Centre's "Rookie of the Year Award" in his first year at Centre and in 1988 received the David Hughes Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching. Keffer has twice spent a year in France serving as the teacher and director of Centre's residential study-abroad program in Strasbourg. He was a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in Germany for a year and has pursued advanced research at locations in France, Germany and Spain.
Keffer holds a bachelor's in French and English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, a master's and doctorate in romance languages from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Morrison is associate professor of classics and has taught at Centre since 1993. He is the author of Homeric Misdirection: False Predictions in the Iliad (University of Michigan Press, 1992) as well as numerous other articles and reviews for academic journals. This year he led a travel-study program in Greece during the Centre winter term. Morrison holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College, a master's in classics from the University of Washington and a doctorate in classical studies from the University of Michigan.
Wilson is associate professor of mathematics and has taught at Centre since 1985. His research interests are focused toward using mathematics to develop more efficient and reliable methods of transmitting and storing information. Wilson holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of the South, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He completed master's and doctoral degrees from the University of North Carolina.
Centre makes many of its professorship appointments on a rotating basis. The senior NEH professorhsip held by Keffer and the Dowling Professorship are three-year appointments, whereas the junior NEH professorship held by Morrison will be of two years' duration.
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