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James C Kerns

Adjunct Faculty, Criminal Justice

Masters History1978 - Southern Ill Univ - Carbondale
Bachelor Eng Lang and Literature, Gen1972 - University of Michigan
Bachelor History1972 - University of Michigan

Sauk Valley Community College

Contact Information

Contact Information

James Kerns

Best way to contact me
Students can normally contact me using my email address (kernsj@svcc.edu). However, if a student has a question or concern that needs immediate attention, they can contact by telephone (815/378-1961).
Specialty Areas
I have been a police officer for approximately thirty seven years. Thirty five of those years have been spent conducting criminal investigations. For thirteen years, I supervised the Blackhawk Area Task Force, a two-state (Illinois and Iowa), multi-jurisdictional, drug task force. I also instructed for the Illinois State Police at the Academy in Springfield and throughout the State of Illinois.
Courses Taught
From 2000 to 2005, I instructed on campus. During this time, I taught CJS101, CJS120,and CJS130. In 2005, I began teaching online as well as on campus. From 2005 to the present time, I have instructed CJS101, CJS120, CJS130, CJS214, CJS231, and CJS250, either on campus or online.
The awards I have received resulted from my contribution to criminal investigations involving offenses such as homicide, burglary, and drug trafficking.
In my younger years, I used to hunt, fish, and read extensively. Nowadays, my "hobby" is trying to finish a total house remodel. I also try to catch a University of Michigan football game now and then. Go Blue!
What I like most about SVCC
"Back in the day," my objective was to obtain a doctorate and teach American history. As things turned out, I have had a fulfilling career in law enforcement. However, I enjoy the opportunity SVCC has given me to interact with students and, hopefully, in a small way, to contribute to their post-graduate success.

Spring 2021 Schedule

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