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Dr. Joe Kirsch '64

J KirschProfessor Kirsch wanted to be a professor since his own undergraduate days at Butler. He was a commuter student from Indianapolis who never missed class and who dove into independent study with characteristic intensity.

In 1968, Kirsch earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois, a top-rated program that drew industry recruiters offering lucrative jobs. Kirsch instead began looking for a place where teaching was as valued as it had been at Butler. Wanting to broaden his horizons, he joined the faculty of Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. Two years later, his graduate school mentor wrote to him about an opening at Butler. He returned to Butler in 1970 as a faculty member in the chemistry department.

Kirsch has held the endowed John Hume Reade Professorship in the Sciences since fall 1993. He is his college's coordinator of the Engineering Dual Degree Program and the site director and an instructor for the AP high school teacher summer workshops held on campus. "I'm not stuck," he says. " I've had so many opportunities and a variety of things to do that keep me busy."