Company: University of Illinois
Location: Urbana, Illinois, United States
Keith Hitchins, professor at the University of Illinois, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in academia.
With more than 60 years of professional experience, Dr. Hitchins has been a professor of East European History at the University of Illinois since 1969, having been an associate professor since 1967. Prior to obtaining these roles, he was an assistant professor of history at Rice University from 1965 to 1967. earlier in his career, he was an instructor and assistant professor at Wake Forest University from 1958 to 1965. Dr. Hitchins began his career as a student at Union College, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1952. He then joined Harvard University, completing a Master of Arts in 1953. He continued his studies with the school, earning a PhD in 1964. He also holds honorary PhDs from Babes-Bolyai University, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, 1 Decembrie 1918 University, the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Targu Mures, the West University of Timisoara, the University of Iasi, and the University of Bucharest.
Dr. Hitchins’ knowledge about the National Movements helped him get into Romanian studies and other peoples. His friends who lived in Paris told him to look into the Kurdish people. Dr. Hitchins read a lot of books about history and two grandfathers talked to him about Europe and history. He was attracted to teach because it would enable him to develop his knowledge of history, which he has done over the course of his career.
One of the high points is Dr. Hitchins’ first visit to Romania in 1960 to 1962 as it helped turn him into an expert on Romania. In addition, a high point that stands out from the rest is being elected full member of The Romanian Academy of Sciences in 1991. What made it so special was because he had been studying Romanian History, had been to Romania many times during the communist period, and had written a extensively about Romania. Dr. Hitchins is glad to have spent his career prusing history and advises others who are interesting in the field to keep investigating the field of interst and try to produce work that others want to read.
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