- Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education's 3M Teaching Fellowship (2009)
- Merit Awards for Excellence in Teaching (1997, 2003, 2008)
- Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching (2000)
- Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Teaching Award (2001)
Dr. Sarah Keefer is known for her passion for teaching. She has been described as a professor with “a passion that is contagious” who “cares about her students and wants them to succeed.” Her peers recognize her contributions to the Trent and have noted her as an admirable teacher. The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations said that among Prof. Keefer’s peers there is “a broad based admiration for her innovative pedagogical techniques and her ability to convey difficult subject matter in interesting and accessible ways.” A fellow professor was quoted saying that “by virtue of Sarah’s enthusiasm and creative teaching methods, she has made a difficult subject popular and brought all of her students into the world of her scholarship.” Among her students, Prof. Keefer is seen as a great a teacher and a role model. Described as a “warm, concerned, intelligent mentor to any and all that approach her”, Prof. Keefer is an educator who takes her commitment to her students above and beyond the classroom.
Prof. Keefer is a medievalist. She is classically trained in Latin and Greek and has an enthusiastic interest in 600 and 1100 A.D. Anglo-Saxon England. A professor in Trent’s English Department, her main area of research interest is studying the liturgy of the Anglo-Saxon Church and its influence on the culture of the period.
Prof. Keefer was educated at the University of Toronto where she received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D.