As Montcalm Community College’s current longest-serving instructor, Kenric DeLong says he turned to teaching nearly 38 years ago because he wanted to share with others his passion for school, academia and learning.
“My main goal as an instructor is to motivate and empower students,” he says. “I want to raise their awareness so that they can take charge from there, grow in independence and be successful.”
DeLong earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from Western Michigan University. He also has 46 graduate hours beyond his master’s degree from various universities, including a graduate certificate in diversity studies from Capella University.
In addition to being a social science instructor and instructional chair, he serves as the college’s global awareness and service learning facilitator as well as the Native American studies coordinator. For many years, he served as an advisor for MCC’s Alpha Tau Alpha Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Before coming to MCC, DeLong taught part-time at Kalamazoo Valley Community College for a year and worked for the State of Michigan Department of Social Services for a year and a half. He also taught at Alma College for many years while also at MCC.
DeLong teaches a variety of social science courses, including American Political Systems, U.S. History, Global History, International Relations, Native American History and Native American Cultures. Every other year since 1998, he has taken a group of students to the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota as a service-learning project.
“I’m so lucky to teach at the community college level because of the diversity in student backgrounds,” he says. “Seeing students make the effort and overcome challenges to better themselves is inspiring.”
DeLong is passionate about heightening students’ global awareness. He works to help students look beyond their immediate circumstances and see how connected they are to others and the rest of the world. He often nurtures this passion by being a study abroad trip facilitator.
“If I could wish anything for my students, I’d wish that they were all able to find a job that they love and look forward to going to work every morning,” he says.
DeLong is a member of the college’s assessment committee and faculty council, and has served on its curriculum committee. He has also been a member of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education since 1973.
DeLong resides in Greenville. He has three children, Maggie Leigh, Tyler Ray and Kyran Dean.