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Caesar Akuetey

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Caesar Akuetey

Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures - French

At Knox Since: 1994


Why did you decide to become a professor?

I believe I had the opportunity to study under wonderful professors both in
Ghana and France, and the inspiration garnered from them led me to espouse
the profession.

How would you describe academic life at Knox?
This is a place where teaching and learning really matter. Students and faculty continually learn from one another, both in and out of the classroom. This reciprocal nurturing of teaching, learning, and scholarship does not happen everywhere.

Why Knox?
I had the chance to teach in the Knox College program in Besancon in 1994, and the students I taught that year convinced me to apply to Knox College where they said there was a vacancy. I applied and the rest is history.

How would you describe academic life at Knox?
The academic year flies by so quickly here. There is so much to cover in our short three terms, but because Knox students are smart I manage to accomplish my mission each time. 

What are your current scholarly interests?
My main research focuses on the analysis of stative verbs in the Ewe language. My current venture is determining the similarity (if any) between the Haitian Creole and the Ewe language.

What would you be if you weren't a professor?
An outstanding fisherman.

What are your interests and hobbies?
Fishing, cooking, playing Scrabble.

Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, Caesar Akuetey.What are the essential qualities of a Knox student?
A Knox student wants to be challenged academically, is eager to learn, has a great imagination, and loves to discover the world and other cultures.

Can you give an example of a Knox graduate who has gone on to do interesting things?
My former students are diplomats, lawyers, doctors, and a pilot. Former student Dr. Robert St. Clair '03 is a French professor at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Do you have any advice for students who are considering studying at Knox?
Any young person who wants to study in a small liberal arts college that has its gate open to the world, enabling students to acquire meaningful and diverse experiences, should not hesitate to choose Knox College.

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