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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.

Program Directors & Lead Faculty

Jay Rasmussen

Jay Rasmussen

Program Director and Professor Emeritus of Education | rasjay@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

I have now served for 27 years as a teacher educator and I am currently a Professor of Education at Bethel University. My teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate level courses in literacy education and assessment. My administrative responsibilities include serving as a Faculty Development Coordinator at Bethel and as the Program Director for the M.A. Program in Education: K-12. From 1997-2006 I helped develop and oversee four master’s programs and one doctoral program. . . read more.

Faculty

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Randy Moberg

Adjunct Instructor | ram44555@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2009

Moberg has worked at Bethel since 2009.

Leon Rodrigues

Leon Rodrigues

Adjunct Faculty | l-rodrigues@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Passionate educator and advocate for social justice

Lisa Silmser

Lisa Silmser

Adjunct Assistant Professor | l-silmser@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Instructional Strategies, Differentiation and Interventions, Special Education, Language Arts and Literacy, Online Instructional Practices

Ruslana Westerlund

Ruslana Westerlund

Adjunct Instructor | r-westerlund@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Drawing on her identity as a Christ-following Ukrainian immigrant, Professor Westerlund's passion is to advocate for linguistically and culturally minoritized people, including students in school systems at various levels. She tries to live Christ's highest calling to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

Gretchen Wrobel

Gretchen Wrobel

Professor | g-wrobel@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Wrobel conducts research on curiosity as it affects relationships in adoption, including the adopted person, adoptive parents, and birth parents.

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