Dr. Jeff Keshen joined Grenfell Campus as the vice-president in November 2017.
Before his arrival to Grenfell, he served as dean, Faculty of Arts with Mount Royal University. At the University of Ottawa, he held the position of chair, Department of History. He was also an adjunct professor in the Centre of Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary.
Dr. Keshen was the recipient of the Government of Ontario June Callwood Award for Outstanding Service in Volunteerism for his success with the establishment of the University of Ottawa's Experiential Learning Service. He was double nominee for the 3-M National Teaching Fellowship Award, and was awarded both the Ontario Leadership in Teaching Prize and University of Ottawa's Excellence in Education Prize.
Dr. Keshen holds a PhD from York University with a research concentration in the history of war and conflict. The author of five books, 11 edited books and more than 25 scholarly articles, Dr. Keshen is a historian of 20th century Canada, specializing in War and Society.
Among his works, Propaganda and Censorship in Canada's Great War was awarded the best book in non-fiction by the Writers Guild of Alberta. It was also shortlisted for the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada's Harold Adams Innis Prize for the best book in the Social Sciences. His book, Saints, Sinners and Soldiers: Canada's Second World War (translated as Saints, Salauds et Soldats: Le Canada et la Deuxième Guerre Mondiale) was shortlisted for the Raymond Klibansky Prize for the best book in the Humanities — a prize awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Federation of Canada — as well as for the C.P. Stacey Prize for the best book in Military History.
He has had great success in the development of programs that encourage leadership in young people, including programming with specific interests in vulnerable and First Nations students. Dr. Keshen has also been the driving force behind initiatives to recognize workplace excellence, promote professional development and increase employee satisfaction.