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During the past 37 years, Dr. Charles Keseman developed a reputation as an outstanding classroom teacher evidenced by honors such as Central’s prestigious Byler Distinguished Faculty Award and the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has retired as professor emeritus of graphics.
Dr. Keseman’s career in teaching began shortly after completing a bachelor’s degree in education from Central in 1958. He became a junior high industrial arts teacher in Raytown, where he served before returning to Central in 1960 to pursue graduate work. He earned a master’s degree in education at the university, then went on the complete his doctorate at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
After serving as a graduate assistant in the Department of Graphics, Dr. Keseman joined the faculty on a more permanent basis in 1961. He began work as an instructor, but by 1973 he achieved the rank of full professor. His only break from the classroom came in 1987 when he spent a year as full-time principal investigator for two funded curriculum grants by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Throughout the years, Dr. Keseman was an outstanding mentor to his students, providing the guidance they needed to win top awards in national contests. His own honors include becoming the first recipient of Central’s T.R. Gaines Outstanding Faculty Award in 1987.
Dr. Keseman and his wife, Esther, have two sons, Bruce and Brent, and one daughter, Anita.