Long-time professor of history Bruce Kahler was awarded the Robert Mortvedt Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award at the Bethany College employee appreciation dinner Thursday, May 15. The annual award recognizes a faculty member who makes a distinct difference in the teaching climate of the college. Recipients of the award receive a $1,000 individual grant and the recipient’s department receives a $500 grant for support materials.
Kahler, professor of history and Margaret H. Mountcastle Distinguished Professor of Humanities, has taught at Bethany College for 26 years and recently announced his retirement. He served as the faculty representative to the Bethany College Board or Directors for seven years, worked for a time as assistant academic dean, and from 2008 to 2010 was co-coordinator, with his wife and Art Department Chair Caroline Kahler, of the self-study team that prepared Bethany for a successful Higher Learning Commission accreditation visit.
“Bruce Kahler has made a long and distinguished contribution to the life and learning of students and college at Bethany,” Ken Macur, provost and dean of the college, said in presenting Kahler with the award.
Before arriving at Bethany in 1988, Kahler earned his B.A. in history at Kutztown State College in Pennsylvania and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History-American Studies at Purdue University. Upon his retirement, Kahler plans to move to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where his wife teaches, and will continue his research and writing and teach part-time.