Michelle Steffenhagen

Job Titles


Steffenhagen's research interests include purpose and wellbeing in emerging adults.

Started at Bethel



  • Bethel University - B.A. in Communication, 2003
  • Lee University - M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, 2007
  • Lee University - M.S. in College Student Development, 2014
  • Bethel University - Ed.D. in Leadership in Higher Education, 2021

Courses Taught

Bethel University, St. Paul, MN

  • Theories and Techniques of Career Counseling, M. A. in Counseling (Summer 2023)
  • Introduction to Wellbeing, College of Arts and Sciences (2017 – Current)
  • Internship in Addictions Counseling I and II, Human Services (2021– Current)
  • Family Perspectives, Human Services (2020 – Current)
  • Historical, Cultural, and Philosophical Issues Impacting Higher Ed (2022 – Current)
  • Individual and Family Psychopathology, Human Services (2017-2018)
  • Individual and Family Development Over the Lifecycle, Human Services (2017-2018)
  • Introduction to Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Sciences (2016-17)
  • Counseling Microskills, Human Services (2016)
  • Lifespan Development, College of Arts and Sciences (2016)
  • Professional Issues and Ethics, Human Services (2016)
  • Psychopathology, Counseling Psychology (2015)


Lee University, Cleveland, TN

  • Pathways to Student Success, Division of Adult Learning (2015-Current)
  • Biblical and Theological Foundations of Benevolence (2014)
  • Resident Assistant Training Seminar (2007-2014)


Steffenhagen, M. (2022).  Purpose and autonomous functioning in college students.  Growth.


Steffenhagen, M., & Prichard, L. (2013). Using a strengths-based approach in residential life. Invited presentation/ workshop at the 2013 StrengthsFinder and Team Dynamics Conference, Cleveland, TN.

Logue, C. T., & Steffenhagen, M. (2006). Healing for those who harm themselves: How to care for students who cut. Invited presentation/workshop at the 2006 Annual Conference of the Association for Christians in Student Development, Marion, IN.

Certificates and Licenses

Associate Certified Coach, International Coaching Federation (ICF) Coach 

Areas of expertise

Wellbeing, Purpose, College Student Development, Coaching, Higher Education Leadership