Dr. Kenny Bagley is an associate professor in the Portland State University Communications Department, where he has taught courses in intercultural communications, family communications, and freshman inquiry with University Studies for the last 18 years.
He completed his Ph.D. in and two master’s degrees at the University of Oregon in four years. Kenny taught ethnic studies classes as a graduate student at University of Oregon. Kenny received his BA from Biola University in 1982. Kenny also earned a one-year certificate from Capernwray University Bible School in England.
In 2012, he received an AIM grant for improving large group classes at Portland State. He also consults and teaches a four-part course “Walking on Egg Shells” Social constructs around Race, Gender, Disability and Generations for Daimler Trucks North America.
On a personal level, Kenny worked as a ski patroller for 10 years at Mount Hood in Oregon and is a certified ski instructor. Along with living in England for a year, Kenny lived in Costa Rica and worked as a river rafting guide for six months. He also lived in Ecuador for one year assisting with the study abroad program for the University of Oregon. Currently, Kenny lives in Dundee, Oregon with his wife and two kids on their 11-acre farm where they raise sheep, chicken, pigs, and steer to support the local community with having healthy and sustainably grown meat.
Kenny believes in experiential learning, and also believes students learn best within supportive communities working collaboratively. Kenny is looking forward to being a part of Semester at Sea’s learning community support the growth of global understanding.