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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.

Program Directors & Lead Faculty

Craig Paulson

Program Director and 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.


Joni Burgin-Hartshorn

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

Educational Leadership, Policy and Administration

Dynna Castillo Portugal

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

Educational Leadership

Carla Dahl

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

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

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

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.

Joel Frederickson

Adjunct Faculty | 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.

John Greupner

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

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 Wayzata Public Schools, where he served for 24 years. Greupner also served as assessment and evaluation director for Wayzata Schools.

Leslie Helgerson

| sam-helgerson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

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.

Lori Jass

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

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 for Bethel University College of Arts & Sciences and CAPS/GS.

Don Johnson

Adjunct Instructor | dpj34378@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Dr. Johnson is a retired public educator (40 years) who enjoys teaching and advising Bethel doctoral students, and driving school bus for a small rural school district in northwest Wisconsin. He spends his winters in Colorado, downhill skiing and remodeling homes.

Steven Lancaster

Assistant Professor of Psychology | steven-lancaster@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Dr. Lancaster conducts research focused on stressful/traumatic events and how people cope with these types of experiences. Specifically, he looks at how aspects of finding meaning in life, identity, religious functioning, and trying to make sense of the event may impact the post-event coping process.

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.

Mike Lindstrom

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

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

Emily Mertes

Adjunct Professor, Dissertation Advisor and Reader | e-mertes@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

2016-2017 school year - Elementary Assistant Principal. Areas of interested include but are not limited to: Middle and Elementary Education, Mathematics, Instruction, Continuous Improvement, School Turnaround, Implementation Science, Protocols, PLCs, school climate

Pauline Nichols

Doctoral Advisor | pauline.nichols@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2009

Find me either in the mountains of San Diego or in the villages of the NI7S in Southeast Asia.

Jeanine Parolini

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

Dr. Parolini has developed thousands of leaders in hundreds of organizations throughout the world. Jeanine coaches leaders, teams and organizations to be continuous learners, self-aware, trustworthy, responsible, collaborative, empowering and innovative. She speaks and writes on a variety of topics involving effective leadership, teams and organizational life.

Patricia Paulson

Adjunct Instructor | 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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Matt Saferite

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

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

Chuck Sambs

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

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.

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 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.

Stacie Stanley

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

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

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.

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

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.


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 Private College Leadership Certificate offered by the University of Minnesota and made available through our participation in the Private College Leadership Network.

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