Title: Professor of History, Author
Company: Temple University
Location: Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, United States
Kenneth Kusmer, Professor of History, Author at Temple University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in history education.
When Dr. Kusmer started out in college, he was studying mathematics and physics with the intent of becoming an engineer. With the influence of his father as a machinist, Dr. Kusmer wanted to work in the field but at a higher level. However, his original plans were upended when he took a few history courses and found that was where his true passion life. He switched his major to history during his sophomore year and has since remained a passionate lifelong learner of history, as well as an educator. He earned an AB from Oberlin College in 1968, an MA from Kent State University in 1970, and an MA and PhD from the University of Chicago in 1980.
Dr. Kusmer joined the faculty at Temple University in 1976 as an assistant professor. From 1981 to 1987, he taught as an associate professor. Since 1987, he has been a professor at the institution. Earlier in his career, he taught history at Cleveland State University for one year before entering the PhD program. In addition to these positions, Dr. Kusmer was a Scholar-in-Residence at the John F. Kennedy Center at Freie Universitat in the summer of 2007. He has also had the honor to serve as a Senior Fulbright Lecturer for the University of Rome in 2005, as Chair of the Graduate Council in the History Department at Temple University, History Department and Minority Recruitment Committee at Temple University, and as a Senior Fulbright Lecturer for the University of Genoa, Italy in 2001. Furthermore, Dr. Kusmer has been a Fulbright Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of Göttingen, Germany, and as a visiting associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kusmer lectured on several occasions at the Dissent in America Forum at Temple University.
The most rewarding aspect of Dr. Kusmer’s career has been watching the graduate students he taught progress in their lives and careers. Ninety percent of his PhD student advisees have received academic or significant public history jobs. His other career achievements include being a two-year elected member of the Organization of American Historians Nominating Board. He received the Louis Pelzer Award of Organization of American Historians for Best Essay by a Graduate Student from a Northern American University and was honored as the James L. Cate Fellow in History from the University of Chicago. Additionally, Dr. Kusmer is an appointed member of the Charles Martin Hall Society of Oberlin College. In 2003, the editor-in-chief of the New York Review of Books requested he write an obituary for his friend and legendary historian John Higham.
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