Former State Senator Joe Bowen of Owensboro will teach a 300 level class at Kentucky Wesleyan College this fall – “Advanced State and Local Government.”
“This is my first foray into teaching a college class,” said Bowen. “The syllabus is ready, and I can’t wait to get started. It will be about how the sausage of public policy is made and how the process works.”
Associate Professor of Political Science Eric Schmidt, Ph.D., remarked, “Mr. Bowen spoke last year at the invitation of the Stanley Reed Pre-Law and Political Science Club, and his friendly and open demeanor sparked interest from our students. He also spoke to my state and local politics course in the spring, again with great success. I suggested he teach a practical hands-on course that would take advantage of his experience and contacts in Kentucky government. Our students are going to have a phenomenal experience.”
According to Bowen, the class will emphasize class participation as students walk through the process of identifying societal issues and crafting public policy. “We will spend the first half of the semester on local government and the second half on state government. We will also keep up with statewide races. I want students to look forward to the class every week. We are going to have a lot of fun as we explore a non-partisan look at government.” The class meets on Wednesday nights.
Bowen served a total of 10 years in the Kentucky General Assembly; one term in the House of Representatives and two terms in the Kentucky Senate. He is the former owner of Bowen Tire and was recently named to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees.