Dr. Paul Kemeny, Grove City College professor of biblical and religious studies, was named the 2013 Omicron Delta Kappa Professor of the Year at a ceremony in Harbison Chapel on May 2.
A native of Sparta, N.J., Kemeny earned his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University, M.A.R. and Master of Divinity from Westminster Seminary, his Master of Theology from Duke University and his Ph.D from Princeton Seminary. He joined the Grove City College faculty in the fall of 2000.
Kemeny’s area of academic interests lies in 19th and 20th century American religious history. He created a course titled “The Search for Christian America,” that was honored as Best New Course by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. “The Search for Christian America” examines efforts by American Christians to shape culture and society in accordance with their understanding of the Gospel and sheds light on the work of Jonathan Edwards, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Horace Bushnell, Francis Willard, Reinhold Niebuhr, Marin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Reed.
Kemeny most recently published an edited volume of essays titled “Faith, Freedom and Higher Education.” The book argues that Christianity can still play an important role in contemporary American higher education.
He has taught at Calvin College, the College of New Jersey and Princeton Seminary. Kemeny currently serves on the Information Technology Committee and Campus Technology Committee for the College. In addition, he is currently the co-chair for the Ethics and Character Formation Working Group for The Center for Vision & Values at the College.
Kemeny and his wife, Dr. Betsy Kemeny, who is an instructor at Slippery Rock University, have two children.
The Professor of the Year was initiated in 2000 by the Omicron Delta Kappa campus leadership honorary and is sponsored by the Grove City College Alumni Association. Past winners include: Dr. Erik Anderson (2012), Dr. Mark Graham (2011), Betsy (Boak ’77) Craig (2010), Dr. Eric Potter (2009), Dr. David Jones (2008), Larry Fleming (2007), Dr. Ralph Carlson ’62 (2006), Dr. James Bibza (2005), Richard Leo (2004), Dr. James Dixon (2003), Dr. Timothy Homan (2002), Dr. John Sparks ’66 (2001) and Dr. Gary Smith ’72 (2000).