Part-time teachers, or adjunct faculty as they are known at the collegiate level, can be some of higher education’s most valuable assets. Many are retired or semi-retired from business, social sciences, or education, and feel the need to share their vast experience and extensive knowledge with students. One such teacher is Ken Bivens of Greenville, who is an adjunct instructor for Kaskaskia College and Greenville College.
Bivens, who teaches business, management and advertising classes for the Greenville, Vandalia, and Trenton centers for KC, has an extensive work history from which to draw. He is a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam conflict; he worked in a supervision and human resource management position for Shell Oil; and he was a Senior Business Consultant for RWD Technologies with international experience in Japan, Russia and Canada. Bivens is able to take his training in business leadership training, information he has used with business leaders around the world, and share it with his students.
Although he does teach some online classes, especially for Greenville College, Bivens prefers to meet with his students face-to-face. “I enjoy the interaction and shared experience aspect of the classroom,” he said.
Bivens sees Kaskaskia College in a positive light. “KC is a growing, dynamic college,” he said. “Students should be assured that by earning their degree here, they will be well prepared for further education or career aspirations.”
Ken Bivens is the father of three grown daughters and four grandchildren. He enjoys golf, and describes himself as a “history and political news junkie; I read a lot about military political history.” He plans to continue to teach and share his experience with students at the college level.
For more information on the classes taught by Ken Bivens for Kaskaskia College, please contact Mary Schulze, Director of the Vandalia Campus, at 618-283-1780 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.