Rich Beans

Dr. Rich Beans

Professor of Psychology and Instructor

Year Started at GU: 1987
Phone: 618.581.5328
Office Hours:

MondayWednesdayFriday2:30 pm - 4:20 pm
TuesdayThursday: by appointment

Areas of Responsibility:

Committee Assignments
Advisor for Psi Chi (Student Honor Society)


B.A. (Psychology) 
Greenville College, 1985

M.A. (General Psychology, with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology) 
Eastern Illinois University, 1986

Ph.D. (Counselor Education) 
Kansas State University, 1995

Dr. Beans joined the faculty of Greenville College in 1987 and he teaches courses in both the undergraduate psychology department and the business department, as well as teaching  graduate management classes.

He was raised in the Assemblies of God church, but has been a member of the Free Methodist Church (FMC) since 1986. He joined the faculty of Greenville College in 1987 and has attended the Greenville FMC regularly. He teaches an adult Sundayschool class and enjoys making connections between scripture and psychology. 

A keen interest in picture books was kindled by reading to his four children regularly during their preschool years. Dr. Beans noted how it benefited both him and his children in many ways, and has since made conference and classroom presentations on how to use picture books as an aid to childhood development. He uses picture books regularly in the classroom to illustrate psychological concepts. 

Dr. Beans enjoys performing in plays and musicals.  He has performed in several musicals at the Springfield (IL) Municipal Opera and has performed at Greenville College's Factory Theater.  He incorporated this hobby into his classroom as he performed in the modern musical "Next to Normal" as a psychologist who treats a woman suffering from mental illness.


General Psychology
Organizational Psychology
Experimental Psychology
Social Psychology
Consumer Behavior
Group Dynamics
Psychology of Religion
Introduction to Counseling

Publications and Presentations

"All You Need is Love: Using pop music to illustrate Robert J. Sternberg's triangular theory of love," Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL, February 27, 2009

"Why Picture Books Count," Light and Life Magazine. 

Actor in the musical "Next to Normal", playing the role of Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, May 22-24& 29-31, 2015

Moderator for panel discussion about the impact of mental illness following performance of the musical "Next to Normal" - Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois, Springfield, IL, May 24, 31, 2015 

Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association

Related Experiences

Counselor, Greenville College, 1987-1995
Academic Director, Organizational Leadership Program, Greenville College, 1995-1997
Associate Professor of Psychology, Greenville College, 1998-present
Interterm Course, Curious George Meets Freud

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