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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

Joni Burgin-Hartshorn

Joni Burgin-Hartshorn

Adjunct Instructor | j-burgin-hartshorn@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Educational Leadership, Policy and Administration

Dynna Castillo Portugal

Dynna Castillo Portugal

Adjunct Professor | dec62886@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Educational Leadership

Cindy Hansen

Cindy Hansen

Adjunct Instructor | cjm54467@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Honored to serve God as a teacher and principal in PK-12 public education since 2000

Erica Hering

Erica Hering

Enrollment Counselor, Program Coordinator, Adjunct Faculty | 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.

Mike Lindstrom

Mike Lindstrom

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

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

Kristen Nichols-Besel

Kristen Nichols-Besel

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

Nichols-Besel's areas of interest include Literacy Education, Writing Centers, Education for Multilingual Learners, Academic Writing, Qualitative Research.

Craig Paulson

Craig Paulson

Professor | 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.

Randall Peterson

Randall Peterson

Adjunct Professor | randall.peterson@district196.org | Started at Bethel: 2019

I am a passionate thirty-six year veteran educator who has had the opportunity to teach, guide and motive students at the elementary, secondary and university graduate levels.

Tracy Reimer

Tracy Reimer

Program Director, Professor | t-reimer@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Tracy studies, teaches, and presents on effective leadership practices. She focuses on the daily actions of school principals that build a culture of a professional learning community and hold high expectations and value added instruction for all students.

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Mark Robertson

Adjunct Instructor | mark-robertson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Robertson previously served as superintendent of schools for Fridley Public School District in the Twin Cities area from 2006-10, when he was selected as Minnesota Superintendent of the Year. Over the past 31 years, his experiences working in education have included work as a science teacher, staff developer, activities director, associate principal, and high school principal.

Emily Rustman

Emily Rustman

Adjunct Professor | emily.rustman@gmail.com | Started at Bethel: 2019

Emily is passionate about developing special education programs for students with special needs, focusing on social-emotional learning. She enjoys collaborating and learning with other educational professionals to promote a growth mindset while developing high expectations for all students.

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Chuck Sambs

Adjunct Instructor | c-sambs@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Dr. Sambs served as director of curriculum and instruction in the Winona, Minn., school district and the Hudson, Wis., school district. Previously, he was principal and superintendent in the LaCrescent, Minn., school district. He was the high school principal in Idaho Springs, Colo., and began his career as a teacher in Wisconsin and Colorado.

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Marta Shaw

Adjunct Instructor | 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 Adjunct Professor in the Doctor of Education program at Bethel University. Her research has focused on leadership and management of education, comparative and international education, intercultural leadership, and the implications of research in neurobiology for the theory and practice of educational leadership.

Stacie Stanley

Stacie Stanley

Adjunct Faculty Member | sts44568@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

District Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Systems Change, Leadership in Urban and Urban Like Settings, Curriculum Instruction & Assessment, Quality English Learner Programs

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Barry Sullivan

Adjunct Instructor | b-sullivan@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

Sullivan served for more than 25 years with the Office of Government Relations in the Minnesota Department of Education, where he coordinated the development of state education policy recommendations to the legislature, interpreted state and federal education regulations, and acted as a liaison between the department and other federal and state agencies.

Teresa Maria Taylor

Teresa Maria Taylor

Adjunct Faculty | 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

Associate Professor | 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.

Annette Ziegler

Annette Ziegler

Adjunct Instructor | annette-ziegler@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

Ziegler is the principal of Coon Rapids High School and was the former principal of Coon Rapids Middle School. She served as assistant principal at Sandburg Middle School and Anoka High School following her tenure as dean of students in Kern Unified School District in California.

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