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In addition to spending 11 years of his career as department chair, Kenneth A. Gordon devoted much of his tenure as Central Missouri to helping students understand and appreciate foreign languages, literature, and cultures. He has retired as professor emeritus of modern languages.
Gordon joined the university faculty in 1981 as an assistant professor, having gained previous teaching experience at Berea City School District in Berea, Ohio; The Ohio State University, Columbus; and University of Minnesota, Morris Campus. His first assignment at CMSU was as an assistant professor in the Department of Modern Languages. He climbed the faculty ranks and became a full professor in 1993, the same year he was named department chair.
While at CMSU, Gordon taught all levels of undergraduate French language, in addition to courses that covered French conversation, culture, literature and film. He taught Spanish I and II classes and helped prepare teacher education students through the Methods of Teaching Foreign Language course.
Gordon’s education includes a doctorate from The Ohio State University, Columbus; master’s degrees from University of California at Santa Barbara and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.
Well traveled, Gordon made more than 30 trips to Canada, Mexico, Europe, South American and Cuba to conduct research, for personal study and to direct study abroad programs. His most current scholarly interests have covered topics such as Cuban history and culture, the 17th-century French libertines, Ladino language, Sephardic history and more.