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Danny Swensen

Job Titles

  • Professor of Education
    Education, College of Arts and Sciences
    Teaching (M.A.), Graduate School

Started at Bethel



  • University of Wisconsin - River Falls - B.S. in Physics, 1984
  • University of Wisconsin - River Falls - M.Ed. in Education, 1991
  • University of Minnesota - Specialist Degree in Educational Administration , 1994
  • University of Minnesota - Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction , 2015

Areas of expertise

Areas of expertise include mathematics and physics education, education technology, and statistics.


Swensen taught middle school and high school math, physics, and chemistry for over twenty years. He is currently a Professor of Education at Bethel University where he has taught Educational Technology, Statistical Analysis, Concepts in Physics, Math Curriculum and Methods, Applied Research in STEM, and courses in middle level education.

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 680 - Methods of Teaching 5-12 Mathematics
  • EDUC 771 - Curriculum Processes (Team taught)
  • EDUC 772 - Assessment and Learning (Team taught)
  • EDUC 773 - Teaching and Learning (Team taught)
  • EDUC 774 - Capstone (Team taught)


Distinguished Alumnus Award (May 2014)

  • University of Wisconsin - River Falls
  • College of Education and Professional Studies

Teacher of the Year (Education Minnesota) - Semifinalist (2007)

SSP Roxanne Bliss Silver Apple Award (2006)

  • Awarded to a teacher who makes a significant difference in the lives of students

SSP Ties Exceptional Teacher Award (2005)

  • For integrating technology in the classroom and fostering engaged learning

Certificates and Licenses

Minnesota Teaching License

  • 7-12 Mathematics
  • 7-12 Physical Science (Physics and Chemistry)
  • Secondary School Principal
  • Coaching

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

Bethel University Classroom Oversight Committee (2013-present)

Part of team that helps establish classroom design standards and maintains quality expectations for all university classrooms to provide guidance in constructing new classrooms and set priorities for renovating or improving existing spaces

Hobbies and Interests

Spending time with family, biking, hiking, traveling, and reading.