Dr. Kenneth E. Stephens

Chair, Department of Human Services kestephens@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BA in Criminology, Saint Leo University
MPA (Master of Public Administration), Troy State University
PhD in Human Services, Walden University


A native Floridian and a graduate of Bartow High School, Dr. Ken Stephens retired from the U.S. Army in September of 2003 as a first sergeant and returned home to Florida in 2005. He joined the full-time faculty ranks at Southeastern in 2009.

Dr. Stephens’ teaching experience began in 1995 at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) in Fort Eustis, Virginia. There, he taught not only power train systems dynamics to new recruits and foreign allied soldiers but also basic and advanced leadership courses to non-commissioned officers. As he climbed the educational ladder, Dr. Stephens also taught at various universities outside the military, including Austin Peay State University, Troy State University, Webster University and Western International University.

Dr. Stephens has also worked as a probation officer in El Paso, Texas, and as an area coordinator in disaster response for the Florida Division of Emergency, providing state first-responder disaster support to nine counties in the central Florida area.

Dr. Stephens loves teaching at a Christian institution where he can pray with and for his students. He sees the classroom as a prime opportunity to integrate God’s Word into the lives of his students, and his desire is to educate future Christian human services professionals so that they can make a difference by enhancing the quality of life for those whom they serve.

At Southeastern, Dr. Stephens teaches Introduction to Human Services, Human Diversity, Introduction to Sociology, Abnormal Psychology and Industrial and Organizational Psychology. His academic research interests include human services and compassion fatigue.

Brief Highlights

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