Kim Townsend has been an instructor at several colleges and universities across the U.S. for the last 24 years. After working full time in HR for several years, part-time work fit within her life as she followed her husband’s career, had three children and dealt with serious life threatening illnesses.
She started her PhD to specifically study faculty work relationships in higher education institutions which advances the concentration of her M.S. in Business in Human Resources and Labor Relations from Virginia Tech and also her ensuing professional experience which was training and development centered. She is now at the end of her PhD at Iowa State University, focusing on her dissertation entitled “A conjoint analysis of performance development programs across multiple Iowa community colleges”. This study focuses on the needs of the part-time contingent faculty member (adjuncts). Kim is also interested in studying the use of ACA in determining patient preferences in the use of homeopathic and alternative medicine in treating cancer and its debilitating symptoms.
Likes: hiking, hunting, reading, discus throwing, volunteering and being active.
Loves: her family, her God & church, learning new things, traveling to far off places with strange sounding names.
Goals: to become a better person, helping others through a philosophy of servant leadership. Specifically, would like to work for a small private religious based liberal arts college in a job share program helping faculty to develop and reach for their best.