Joy Kerler King, Ph.D.

Joy King

Title: Associate Professor of Classics Emerita
Company: University of Colorado
Location: Boulder, Colorado, United States

Joy Kerler King, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Classics Emerita at the University of Colorado, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the Classics, Latin, Greek, and higher education.

Drawing upon more than two decades of experience, Dr. King is a prominent educator who most recently served as an Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Colorado from 1968 until reaching emerita status in 1991. While pursuing this endeavor, she was chairman of the Classics department at the university for four years in the 1980s.  Throughout her career, she contributed a myriad of articles on Latin poetry to academic journals, as well as regularly presenting papers on literary topics at the annual meetings of her professional organizations, the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, the American Philological Association, and the Classics section of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association.  After editing “Colorado Classics: A Newsletter” from 1979 to 1988, she contributed to “Building Newsletters” in 2017.

Immediately after her retirement from teaching in 1991, Dr. King accepted the presidency of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South to plan and organize the three-day annual meeting in 1992 in Austin, Texas.  From 2004 to 2010, Dr. King was a board secretary of the Horizon West Homeowners Association and in 2017, she was the vice-president, a civic duty she enjoyed.

Dr. King holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Knox College, a Master of Arts in Latin from the University of Wisconsin, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Classics from the University of Colorado-Boulder.  As a testament to her success, she has been honored with numerous accolades, starting with being named Faculty Scholar from 1946-1947 at Knox College and election to Phi Beta Kappa honor society in 1947.  In 1974, she was awarded the Student-Alumni Teaching Award at the University of Colorado.  The Knox Scroll of Honor was given to her in 1997 on her admission to the Fifty Year Club. In her retirement year, 1991, she was presented with a festschrift in her honor, edited by her former Ph.D. student, Mary de Forest, titled “Woman’s Power, Man’s Game:  Essays on Classical Antiquity.”  The same year she received an award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education as well as the University of Colorado Service Award.  In 2015, the Classical Association of the Middle West and South presented her with an “Ovation” for life-long teaching of Latin and Greek, research in Latin poetry, and service to the profession.  Notably, Dr. King was highlighted in the 20th through 22nd editions of Who’s Who in the West.

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