✖ close


☰ In This Section


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.

Program Directors & Lead Faculty

Craig Paulson

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

Areas of expertise

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.


Joni Burgin-Hartshorn

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

Teaching Specialty

Educational Leadership, Policy and Administration

Dynna Castillo Portugal

Adjunct Professor | dec62886@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: June 1st, 2015

Teaching Specialty

Educational Leadership

Carla Dahl

Professor | cdahl@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Areas of expertise

She was previously a professor at Luther Seminary in congregational and community care leadership and professor, dean, and program director at Bethel Seminary. A focus of her research surrounds relational formation of helping professionals.

Jessica Daniels

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

Research interests

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.

Lori Fildes

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

Areas of expertise

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.

John Greupner

Adjunct Instructor | john-greupner@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Areas of expertise

Greupner is the associate director of the Bethel University Doctor of Education in Leadership in K-12 and Higher Education and licensing program. He started his career in education in 1970 as a science teacher in the Hopkins Public Schools. He was associate principal and then principal in Wayza. . . read more.

Lori Jass

Adjunct Instructor | ljass@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1995

Areas of expertise

Jass is the associate vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the Adult Degree Program at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon. She was formerly the Bethel University Academic Dean of the College of Adult & Professional Studies and Graduate School (CAPS/GS) as well as Registrar fo. . . read more.

Mike Lindstrom

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

Areas of expertise

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

Bruce Locklear

Adjunct Instructor | wbl72675@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Areas of expertise

Locklear is the principal of Edina High School and previously principal of Delano High School. He was a full-time faculty member at Southwest State University and superintendent of Owatonna Public Schools prior to serving as principal and being selected as Minnesota Principal of the Year in 2010.

Jeanine Parolini

Dissertation Adviser | j-parolin@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Areas of expertise

Leadership theory & development, transformational & servant leadership, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, coaching & mentoring, ethics, self-leadership & assessment, leadership communication, strengths-based leadership, organizational development, change & change leadership, organiza. . . read more.

Patricia Paulson

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

Areas of expertise

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 l. . . read more.

Sandy Pettingell

Adjunct Assistant Professor | sandra-erickson@bethel.edu

Tracy Reimer

Associate Professor and Leadership in K-12 Administration | t-reimer@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Areas of expertise

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.

Mark Robertson

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

Areas of expertise

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, s. . . read more.

Matt Saferite

Adjunct Instructor | matthew-saferite@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Areas of expertise

Administrative leadership Professional development Strengths-based leadership Total Quality Management Curriculum refinement

Chuck Sambs

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

Areas of expertise

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 . . . read more.

Larry Selin

Adjunct Instructor | l-r-selin@bethel.edu

Marta Shaw

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

Areas of expertise

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 intercul. . . read more.

Stacie Stanley

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

Areas of expertise

Instructional Leadership, Systems Change, Leadership in Urban and Urban Like Settings, Quality English Learner Programs

Barry Sullivan

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

Areas of expertise

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. . . read more.

Mary F. Whitman

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

Research interests

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 . . . read more.

Adam Wyse

Adjunct Instructor | a-wyse@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Areas of expertise

Wyse is the lead psychometrician for alternative assessments for the Michigan Department of Education. His areas of research specialization include standard setting, equating, item response theory, growth models, and the assessment of students with disabilities.

Annette Ziegler

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

Areas of expertise

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.


Explore Our Partnership and Certificate Programs

We have partnered with colleges and universities to expand program options in our Ed.D. in Leadership in Higher Education program and to offer a University Partnership Scholarship. Learn more about these opportunities and our Emerging Leaders in Private Colleges Certificate in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Jandris Center for Innovative Education.

Become a Bethel Student