Dr. Kenneth L. Alford is a professor of Church history and doctrine and Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired).
Background: After serving almost thirty years on active duty in the United States Army, he retired as a colonel in 2008. While on active military duty, Ken served in numerous assignments, including the Pentagon, eight years teaching computer science and information systems engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and four years as a professor of behavioral science and department chair at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. After serving in the England Bristol Mission, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Brigham Young University, a master of arts in international relations from the University of Southern California, a master of computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a PhD in computer science from George Mason University. He has published and presented on a wide variety of subjects during his career. Ken and his wife, Sherilee, have four children and eighteen grandchildren.
BYU Courses Taught: Foundations of the Restoration (REL C 225) -- blended and online (co-authored the REL C 225 BYU Online course), Doctrine and Covenants (REL C 324, REL C 325), Pearl of Great Price (REL A 327), Introduction to Latter-day Saint Family History (REL C 261), Directed Readings in Church History and Doctrine (Religion C 695R), and Academic Internship (History 199R)
BYU Awards and Recognition: Ephraim Hatch Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellowship (2020-2023); Honorary Life Member, Utah State Historical Society (2019—life); South Carolina Historical Association Biennial Daniel Hollis Prize (2017); Religious Education Teaching Fellowship (2015-2017); Richard Lloyd Anderson Research Award (2015); Harvey B. and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award (2013); George Q. Cannon Honoree (2010).
- [Forthcoming] William P. MacKinnon and Kenneth L. Alford, Fact, Fiction and Polygamy—A Tale of Utah War Intrigue: A.G. Browne’s ‘Ward of the Three Guardians’ (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Tanner Trust Imprint Series, 2022)
- [Forthcoming] Kenneth L. Alford, Gaye Strathearn, and Mary Jane Woodger, eds., Old Testament Insights: The Sacrifice of a Broken Heart and Contrite Spirit (American Fork, UT: Covenant Communications, 2021)
- Kenneth L. Alford, Lloyd D. Newell, and Alexander L. Baugh, eds. Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC—History, People, and Places (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book, 2021)
- Kenneth L. Alford, ed., Saints at War: The Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq (Provo, Utah: BYU Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book, 2020)
- Mary Jane Woodger, Kenneth L. Alford, and Craig K. Manscill, eds., Dreams as Revelation (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 2019)
- Vance Theodore, Kenneth L. Alford, Blake Boatright, and Roger Keller, eds., Out of Obscurity and into the Light—Latter-day Saint Military Chaplains: Development, History, and Ministry (Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 2019)
- Kenneth L. Alford, ed. Utah and the American Civil War: The Written Record (Norman, Oklahoma: Arthur H. Clark Company, an imprint of University of Oklahoma Press, 2017)
Areas of Expertise: Latter-day Saint participation in military conflicts, the American Civil War, the Utah War, the Doctrine and Covenants, the Hyrum Smith Papers, pedagogy, and strategic leadership
Research InterestsLatter-day Saint participation and service in military conflicts; the Utah War; the Civil War; pedagogy.
Teaching InterestsFoundations of the Restoration,Doctrine and Covenants, Church History, The Pearl of Great Price, Family History
Honors and Awards
- H. Ephraim Hatch Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellowship, Brigham Young University (2020 - 2023)
- South Carolina Historical Association Daniel Hollis Prize (2016-2017), South Carolina Historical Association (2016 - 2017)
- Teaching Fellowship, Religious Education, Brigham Young University (2015 - 2017)
- Richard Lloyd Anderson Research Award, Religious Education, Brigham Young University (2015 - 2015)
- Past Chair, 2012 Teaching Professor Conference, Teaching Professor Conference (2012 - 2013)
- Chair, 2012 Teaching Professor Conference, Teaching Professor Conference (2011 - 2012)
- George Q. Cannon Honoree, Brigham Young University, Office of the President (2010 - 2010)
- Defense Superior Service Medal, U.S. Department of Defense (2008 - 2008)
- Faculty Research Award, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Washington, DC (2008 - 2008)