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Jay Rasmussen

Job Titles

  • Program Director, Professor of Education
    Education K-12 (M.A.), Graduate School
  • Professor of Education
    Education, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Faculty Development Committee
    Bethel University

Started at Bethel



  • Florida State University - B.S. in Elementary Education, 1975
  • University of Minnesota - M.A.,
  • University of Minnesota - Ph.D.,

Areas of expertise

I have now served for 27 years as a teacher educator and I am currently a Professor of Education at Bethel University. My teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate level courses in literacy education and assessment. My administrative responsibilities include serving as a Faculty Development Coordinator at Bethel and as the Program Director for the M.A. Program in Education: K-12. From 1997-2006 I helped develop and oversee four master’s programs and one doctoral program as the Director of Graduate Programs in Education at Bethel. Previous to my university teaching/administrative experience, I was employed as an elementary classroom teacher and building principal for eight years. I hold a B.A. degree in elementary education from Florida State University, a M.A. degree in educational administration from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. degree in curriculum and instruction (with an emphasis on reading, language arts, and children's literature) from the University of Minnesota.


In 2002 I was the recipient of a Fulbright Research Scholar Award to the Institute of Educational Research at the University of Oslo. As a part of this work I moved to Norway for six months with my family. In 2009 I was fortunate enough to be awarded the Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching at Bethel.


I am currently an instructor in the Clinical Faculty Academy which is part of the Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative (TC2), a Bush Foundation initiative created to train up to 750 teachers per year. I still maintain a fairy active role as a national and international conference speaker and serve as a consultant to several schools in the U.S. and Mexico. My research interests include Latino educational issues, Mexican American children's literature, vocabulary instruction, boys as readers, flow theory, strategies to engage all learners, online learning, flipped instruction, and faculty development. Assorted articles have been published in the European Journal of Education, Reading Teacher, Journal of Reading Education, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, MultiCultural Review, Minnesota English Journal, Arizona Reading Journal, Journal of the California literature Project, Principal, and Contemporary Issues in Reading.

Hobbies and Interests

Personal Background & Interests
On a personal note, I am married to Roberta Hernandez Rasmussen who is currently a 5th grade teacher in the Roseville School District.

My daughter, Nina, graduated from Bethel in 2011 with a major in social work. She is married to a high school math teacher and she currently works as a school-based social worker with Latino youth. My son, Conor, is an undergraduate student at Bethel with a major in Social Studies Education 5-12. In terms of hobbies/interests, I enjoy traveling, backpacking, cross-country skiing, golf, muskie fishing, and learning Spanish. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family at a small beach-side casita we recently built in Manzanillo, MX. We are also co-owners of a lake cabin in Northwest Wisconsin. In the summer of 2013 I completed a 71 day motorcycle trip with my son. This trip from Minnesota to Argentina covered over 12,000 miles. A photo blog of the trip can be accessed in galleries labeled "La Gran Aventura" at http://jayrasmussen.smugmug.com.