Geneva College



Keith Martel

Keith MartelOffice Phone: 724-847-6884

Disciplines/Field of Instruction

  • Associate Professor in Master of Arts in Higher Education
  • Associate Professor in Core Studies Department

Degrees Received

  • B.A. from Geneva College in Philosophy and Political Science, 1997
  • M.A. from Geneva College in Higher Education, 2003
  • Ph.D. from Duquesne University in Philosophy, 2011

Courses Taught

  • In our graduate program in higher education, I teach Foundations of Higher Education; Foundations of Learning and Knowledge; Comparative Higher Education; Higher Education Practicum; and Historical Foundations of Higher Education.
  • In our undergraduate Core Studies department, I teach Perspectives: Faith, Culture, Identity; Great Issues in Politics;  and Academic Faithfulness in the Young Scholars Program

Selected Presentations/Publications

  • Dissertation: “The Narrative Subject and Place," Duquesne University, 2011.
  • Review: Beyond Homelessness: Christian Faith in a Culture of Displacement, Steven Bauma-Prediger and Brian J. Walsh, Christian Scholars Review, April 2009.
  • "Descartes and the Dissolution of Aristotelian Place," West Chester University Philosophical Society, 2007.
  • "Longinus’ Peri Hypsous: Third Century Catalyst of the Je ne sais quois," May 4th Philosophy Graduate Student Conference, Kent State Ohio, 2006.
  • "Edenic Tales, the Revealing of Sexuality, and Pornographic Enframing: Toward a Heideggerian Understanding of Human Sexuality," GSIP Colloquia Series, Duquesne University, 2006.
  • "On Academic Revival," Comment Magazine, March 2006
  • "Building Monuments: Enacting Ritual, Retaining Memory," National Conference on Outdoor Leadership, San Diego State University, 2006

Current Projects

  • I am currently part of a multi-disciplinary group considering how our fields interact with and impact the old steel town in which our college is emplaced. As an environmental phenomenologist and worker in the field of higher education, I am particularly interested in the interface of learning and location—I desire to help students and practitioners understand a deeper, richer, and more robust sense of a place-based education.
  • The confluence of my interests in twentieth-century philosophy, reformational thought, and higher education has compelled me to consider the role of power and institutions. A primary concern is the history and role of governance within the realm of higher learning. This is includes an exploration of the normative structure of education through Dooeyweerd’s conception of modal aspects and the cosmonomic idea.


  • Kristie has been my friend, partner in crime, and wife for the past decade. She works at Geneva College in the Center for Faith and Practice through the CCO. She is currently working on a project regarding faith and personal aesthetics including the role of beauty and cosmetics in the Kingdom of God. She is a lot smarter than her husband. Our beautiful daughter Simone (age 8) is a voracious reader and is both curious and creative. Our son Gavin (age 5) is the most handsome and funniest person alive.


Point of Excellence

Among a recent sampling of chemistry graduates, 83% were able to work in an internship or research experience during college years, and 100% had employment in their field or were accepted into graduate school within three months of graduation.

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Upcoming Events
Geneva chaplain Rutledge Etheridge
Metheny Fieldhouse 10:10 a.m.

The Geneva Reading Series

McCartney Library 7:00 p.m.

Geneva to host National Day of Prayer breakfast
Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to campus for prayer and breakfast on Thu., May 1 at 7:30 a.m.
Celebration Weekend for the classes of ’54 and ’64
Special events for 50- and 60-year alumni are planned to coincide with Commencement.
Geneva Reading Series IV: "A New, New Hope"
The final event in the series for the 2013-14 academic year will be on Apr. 23 at 7 p.m.
Symphonic Band to present Spring Concert
The 68-member ensemble will perform on Apr. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Justin McElhattan named 2014 Serving Leader
The award will be presented at the MSOL Serving Leaders Conference on Apr. 10.