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Distinguished Faculty Achievement: Dr. John Klingemann

For Dr. John Klingemann, chair of the ASU History Department, it’s about setting a good example.
  • John Klingemann
    John Klingemann
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The 160-mile round trip from his hometown of Terlingua to and from high school in Alpine helped develop his character. He then earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Sul Ross State University and his doctorate from the University of Arizona. That included a Tinker Fellowship for Graduate Research in Latin America in 2005 and a Fulbright-García Robles Fellowship to Mexico in 2006 prior to joining the ASU faculty in 2007.

“When I left to obtain my doctorate from the University of Arizona,” Klingemann said, “I dreamed of returning to Texas to make a difference in my community and work with students who, like me once upon a time, encountered many challenges in their pursuit of an advanced degree.”

“ASU has offered me the opportunity to not only pursue my love of teaching, but also to be a mentor to so many wonderful students,” he continued. “I am often reminded of this when students demonstrate their appreciation by giving me a hug at graduation instead of the normal handshake.”

For his success in being both teacher and role model for his students, the ASU Alumni Association has selected Klingemann for the 2015 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award.     

The associate professor of history also was recently named interim chair of the Communication and Mass Media Department. He is active outside his academic departments as well, serving on various campus committees and staying involved with the ASU Multicultural Center.

Klingemann and his wife, Lorina, have three children, Felicia, Elias and Nina.