Ross Jahnke

Job Title


Ross Jahnke teaches courses on leadership and higher education administration. His research has examined empowering leadership behaviors and trust in higher education contexts. Ross has also presented at accreditation conferences on topics including assessment of student learning and strategic decision-making. With graduate degrees in both theology and higher education leadership, he seeks to foster the integration of students' deepest beliefs and values with their approaches to leadership.

Started at Bethel



  • Bethel Seminary - MA in Theological Studies, 2010
  • Duke University - Master of Theology, 2011
  • Bethel University - Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, 2018
  • University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire - Bachelor of Arts in Geography, 2005

Courses Taught

Budgeting and Fiscal Management in Higher Education

Worldview, Ethics, and Leadership

Theology of Leadership and Vocation


Bergen, R., Daniels, J., Jahnke R. (2019). "Program Enrollment and Cost Analysis." Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference. Chicago, IL.

Jahnke, R. (2018). "Investigating a Path from Direct Leader Behavior to Trust in Senior Leadership." International Leadeship Association Annual Global Conference. West Palm Beach, FL.

Bergen, R. & Jahnke, R. (2017). "Enabled or Disabled by Online Program Managers?" Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference. Chicago, IL.

Brown, J., Hendrickson, N., Jahnke, R., Pasquariello, G., & Sanders, M. (2013). "Forging New Paths: Creating a Culture of Assessment." Higher Learning Commission's Academy for the Assessment of Student Learning. St. Charles, IL.