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Doctor of Education

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.


Joni Burgin-Hartshorn

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

Educational Leadership, Policy and Administration

Lori Fildes

Adjunct Instructor | laf62469@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2009

Fildes has served as the director of special services for the Wayzata Public School District since 2000. Previously, she was a special education teacher and the director of special education with the Buffalo School District.

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

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.

Elisabeth Lefebvre

Adjunct Faculty | eel54258@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Dr. Elisabeth E. Lefebvre is a postdoctoral associate at the University of Minnesota. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Development Education with a minor in Sociocultural Studies in Education at the University of Minnesota, and an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Oregon. Before attending graduate school, she worked as an elementary school teacher in Louisiana, USA, and in Morocco. Lefebvre’s interdisciplinary research examines the mutually constitutiv. . . read more.

Craig Paulson

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

Craig is a professor and program director of Bethel's Doctor of Education Leadership in K12 Administration program, K12 administrative licenses, Doctor of Education Leadership in Higher Education Program since 2006.

Heather Petridis

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

Currently serves as the Vice President for Graduate and Professional Enrollment and Student Services 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 Aff. . . read more.

Ruben Rivera

Associate Professor of History | ruben-rivera@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Rivera is currently revising his book on Alberto Rembao and pioneer Latin American Protestantism in the early twentieth century for popular audiences, and working on a new book about the cultural captivity of the gospel that will blend history and reader journey-through-exercises.

Alba Romero Arteaga

Adjunct Faculty | apr78769@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

ALBA ROMERO ARTEAGA holds a J.D. and LL.M from Hamline University School of Law and a M.A. in Management from Hamline University. She also earned her law degree from Universidad Santa Maria in her natal Venezuela. She currently serves as a Senior Regulatory Specialist at Capella University. Previously, she was the Associate Director of International Students and Scholars at Hamline University. She is committed to lifelong learning and appreciative of the commitment and discipline of adult . . . read more.

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