Au Revoir Jeff Kline

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December 17th, 2018

Photo of Jeff Kline and Jeffrey Mehlman

Jeff Kline (right) shares a laugh with Jeffrey Mehlman (left) at the retirement reception.

This past Friday, the Romance Studies Department gathered to say farewell to Prof. T. Jefferson Kline, a long-time member of the faculty. Jeff Kline came to the then Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures in 1979, and served as chair of the department from 1979 until 1988. In his role as chair, he oversaw the hiring of many of the faculty who are with the department to this day.

At his retirement reception, colleagues and students shared many fond memories of Jeff’s time at BU. They recollected in particular his energy and enthusiasm, as well as his passion for teaching.

Prof. Dorothy Kelly, who spoke at the reception, said:
“The one thing that most influenced my way of teaching language classes was an event organized by Jeff near the beginning of my time at BU. He invited John Rassias to give a workshop on teaching methodology, and that workshop opened the door for me to a more open and communicative language classroom, which I have tried to create ever since then.”