Ken Caviness

kcKen Caviness
Physics and Engineering Department
Phone: 423.236.2856

Ken Caviness is on Sabbatical during the Fall 2015 semester.

“Children are naturally curious about the world around them”, says Ken Caviness, professor of physics and former department chair. “If you still ‘need to know’, you’ll feel right at home in a physics class!”
Dr. Caviness joined the faculty of Southern Adventist University in July 1996, after teaching physics and mathematics for three years at the French-speaking Université Adventiste d’Afrique Centrale in Rwanda and six years at Southwestern Adventist University.
He graduated with a BS from Southern Missionary College in 1982 with triple majors in physics, mathematics, and German, then continued his education at the University of Lowell, Massachusetts, receiving a Ph.D. in physics in 1987, with emphases in relativity and nuclear physics. He is a member of several physics and mathematics societies as well as the Esperanto League for North America.
Among his hobbies are computers and programming, canoeing, and learning languages. He currently feels “fairly comfortable” speaking French, German, and the planned language Esperanto and has studied others also.
Dr. Caviness says that the only thing that can compare with the excitement of understanding a new idea is seeing that same flash of comprehension light up a student’s face.