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Rich Beans

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MWF 2:30 - 4:30 pm


Rich joined the faculty of Greenville University in 1987. He was raised in the Assemblies of God church but has been a member of the Free Methodist Church (FMC) since 1986.

Rich teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in psychology, business, and management. Post graduate study at Eastern Illinois and Kansas State, Rich returned to his alma mater as a counselor. A familiar face at the Greenville FMC, he taught an adult Sunday school class for many years making connections between scripture and psychology.

Rich kindled an interest in picture books by reading regularly to his four children and now to his grandchildren. He saw how this benefited their cognitive and social development. Subsequently, he developed conference and classroom presentations on using picture books to enhance childhood development. He continues to use picture books regularly in the classroom to illustrate psychological concepts.

A talented actor and singer, Rich performs regionally in plays and musicals at the Springfield (Illinois) Municipal Opera, Greenville University's Factory Theatre, and professionally at The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, Illinois. He incorporated his professional experience when he played a psychologist in the modern musical Next to Normal. Rich uses his experiences as an actor and singer regularly in the classroom, most pointedly in the discussion on memory.

Related Experience

Counselor, Greenville College
Academic Director, Organizational Leadership Program, Greenville College
Interterm Course, Curious George Meets Freud


Member, American Psychological Association

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