Dr. Koch, a professor at Olivet since 1992, is grateful for the opportunity to bring Christian reflection to bear on economic issues in the classroom. He has been a member of the teaching cohort for the University's Honors Program since 2010. In 1996, he received Olivet's Richard M. Jones Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.
As a member of the faculty for the International Business Institute program for the past 15 years, Dr. Koch teaches in Europe, and occasionally in Asia, during the summer. He is a member of the American Economic Association, the Association of Christian Economists and the Association for Comparative Economic Studies (ACES). He will present "Teaching Comparative Economics in a Study Abroad Program" at the ACES poster session — which will be a part of the annual meeting of the Allied Social Sciences Association in Chicago — in January 2017.
In 2015, Dr. Koch was honored to have the Aurora, the Olivet student yearbook, dedicated to him. In 2016, he played the role of "Doc" in the University's production of "West Side Story."
A graduate of George Fox College in Newberg, Oregon, Dr. Koch holds a master's degree in economics and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction. Both advanced degrees are from Illinois State University, where he also taught for several years. While at Illinois State, he helped develop and teach workshops offered through the Center for Economic Education for public school teachers.
Dr. Koch's wife, Debra (McCray) Koch, is the program coordinator for 4-H Youth Development in Kankakee County at the University of Illinois Extension. She is also an alumna of Olivet's Master of Organizational Leadership degree program. For a number of years, she volunteered as a costumer and board member with the Kankakee Valley Theatre Association.