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Our professors are distinguished scholars, active researchers, published writers, and faithful Christians who demonstrate what it means to be both Christ-followers and leaders in their academic fields. As mentors and role models, they play a huge role in the integration of faith and learning at Bethel.

Faculty

Randy Bergen

Randy Bergen

| r-bergen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Randy's primary job as associate provost is to help ensure the academic quality of all adult undergraduate, seminary, and graduate programs. Before becoming an academic administrator, he was a psychology professor with research interests in academic success and failure.

Jessica Daniels

Jessica Daniels

| j-daniels@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Jessica's research interests are under the broad umbrella of higher education as a platform for positive social change. So past and present topics include diverse student retention and sense of belonging, women in leadership, and faith-based universities contributing to a shared public good.

Joel Frederickson

Joel Frederickson

| frejoe@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1996

Frederickson’s research interests include the psychological impact of apologies and how students change over four years from participating in college. This includes changes in cognition, beliefs, and spirituality.

Todd Harmening

Todd Harmening

| trh46824@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Todd has been in public higher education for 17 years engaging in system and institution level strategic and academic planning and in advancement of academic programs and initiatives. His professional and research interests are development of organizational leadership and effective governance and collaboration within and across institutions.

Erica Hering

Erica Hering

| e-hering@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Erica is a former elementary school teacher who has served in higher education for 12 years. Erica has worked with the Doctoral and Licensing Program in Educational Leadership since 2006. She also received her doctoral degree through Bethel's program.

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Thomas Hutchinson

| thutchin@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2018

Tom teaches in Bethel's Ed.D. program, Leadership in Higher Education.

Ross Jahnke

Ross Jahnke

| ross-jahnke@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Ross Jahnke teaches courses on leadership and higher education administration. He also serves as the Dean of Academic and Business Operations for Bethel University's College of Adult and Professional Studies, Seminary, and Graduate School. 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 . . . read more.

Mike Lindstrom

Mike Lindstrom

| m-lindstrom@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Educational Technology Technology Education Mathematics STEM Windsurfing... :-)

Scott Moats

Scott Moats

| moatss@crown.edu | Started at Bethel: 2018

I have been in Christian Higher Education for about 28 years. I have worked in many areas including: teaching, administration, and operations.

Kristen Nichols-Besel

Kristen Nichols-Besel

| kmn39985@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Literacy Education, Education for Multilingual Learners, Qualitative Research, Academic Writing

Craig Paulson

Craig Paulson

| craig-paulson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Craig is a tenured faculty member within the Bethel University Doctor of Education: Leadership in Higher Education Program as well as the Doctor of Education: Leadership in K12 Administration and K12 Administrator Licenses Program. He has moved from full-time to phased-in retirement focusing on Comprehensive Examinations, Institutional Review Board approvals, and dissertation advising.

Patricia Paulson

Patricia Paulson

| patricia-paulson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1999

Paulson focuses her research on trustworthy practices for learning science, focusing specifically on scientific practices. She has led the GEMS program, coordinates the STEM certification program, teaches Life Science Concepts, Applied STEM Practices, and Science Curriculum and Methods at all levels. Paulson also teaches in the Ed.D. program.

Heather Petridis

Heather Petridis

| hip77679@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Currently serves as the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Chief Enrollment Officer for Azusa Pacific University. Her leadership experience in higher education spans private and for-profit education, career services, enrollment management, military-veteran resources, student affairs, and regional campus operations. Dr. Petridis is the founding vice president at Azusa Pacific University for the Offices of Military-Veteran Resources and Graduate and Professional Student Affairs. . . . read more.

Ruben Rivera

Ruben Rivera

| ruben-rivera@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Ruben is the Chief Diversity Officer at Bethel University, but has long been a faculty of the history department and continues to teach one course each semester at the college and one in the summer at the graduate school. As Chief Diversity Officer, Ruben is engaged in numerous strategic initiatives across all our schools, including the Shalom seminar, developing institutional capacity in cultural intelligence and intergroup dialogue, racial and other forms of bias mitigation, hiring for in. . . read more.

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Marta Shaw

| gilmara@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Marta Shaw is a lecturer in the Institute of Public Affairs at Jagiellonian University in Poland, and an Affiliate of the Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education at the University of Minnesota. Her research is focused on international higher education policy, academic ethics and intercultural leadership in education.

Krista Soria

Krista Soria

| ksoria@umn.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Dr. Soria teaches research courses for the Educational Leadership program.

Teresa Maria Taylor

Teresa Maria Taylor

| t-taylor@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2018

Dr. Taylor is a teacher at heart. Since 2014, she has served as an educational leader in higher education. Before transitioning to her current administrator role, she served as a K-12 educator. Dr. Taylor is passionate about empowering others through education and teaches a variety of graduate-level courses. Her research is in culturally responsive teaching and is an advocate for educational equity. Dr. Taylor received her doctoral degree from Bethel University.. . . read more.

Mary F. Whitman

Mary F. Whitman

| m-whitman@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2004

Whitman’s research interests include expatriate and repatriate adjustment, motivation, and job satisfaction. She has also worked on research exploring personality factors with both organizational and self-identified expatriates. Her research participants include expatriates and repatriates from around the world.

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