Dr. Kenneth E. Stephens

Chair, Department of Human Services kestephens@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

Certificate in Military Resiliency, Liberty University (2017)
BA in Criminology, Saint Leo University (1993)
MPA with a concentration in Advanced Justice Administration, Troy State University (1995)
MA in Pastoral Counseling, Liberty University (2014)
PhD Human Services, Walden University (2004)


Dr. Kenneth Stephens is a retired U.S. Army First Sergeant. He had a distinguished 20 years of enlisted service where he worked as a Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Operations Sergeant Major, and Threat Systems Management Operations Sergeant. After retiring, Dr. Stephens worked for the Department of Defense Threat Systems Management where he served as an Aviation Safety Officer in El Paso, Texas. He and the organization TSMO were responsible for providing authentic Soviet helicopters and fixed-wing aircrafts as an opposing threat to all branches of the military for training. Dr. Stephens has also worked for the Florida Division of Emergency as an area coordinator for disaster response. He was responsible for providing first responder disaster support to nine surrounding counties in the Central Florida area.

Dr. Stephens began his career at Southeastern in 2006, working as an adjunct professor before being hired full-time as the Coordinator of Distributed Learning for the Department of Continuing and Adult Education (DCAE). After working for DCAE for one year, Dr. Stephens moved to the Human Resource Department where he worked as the Training Operations Officer. Dr. Stephens was hired as a full time professor in 2008.

Dr. Stephens’s volunteer work includes Probation, Prison Education Ministry, and the Polk County School Mentoring program. He currently serves as Vice President of Keeping It Real Ministries, which is a youth outreach and after school program, and is a member of the Bartow Community Relations committee. Dr. Stephens is the CEO of Kensylen LLC, which provides professional and pastoral counseling to those in need.

Dr. Stephens is an Associate Pastor and enjoys fishing and gardening in his spare time. He and his wife Esylen have four children.

Brief Highlights

  • Completed ministry leadership training at his church (2009)
  • Published only known research on “Single Military Fathers and Maternal Separation Anxiety” (2004)
  • Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. (2004)
  • Awarded the Armed Forces Legion of Merit Medal (2003)