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M.A. in Education K-12 Faculty

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.


Randy Moberg

Adjunct Instructor | ram44555@bethel.edu


Patti Paulson

Patricia Paulson

Professor of Science Education | patricia-paulson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1999

Areas of expertise

Paulson focuses her research on trustworthy practices for learning science in grades preK – 12, including using NGSS scientific practices of investigation and engineering, developing and using performance assessments and creating authentic scenarios. She has led the GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science) program for the last five years, coordinates the STEM certification program, and teaches Life Science Concepts, Applied STEM Practices, and Science Curriculum and Methods: Elementary, Middle, and High School. Paulson also teaches Curriculum and Instruction in Higher Education for the Ed.D. program


Jay Rasmussen

Jay Rasmussen

Professor of Education | rasjay@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Areas of expertise

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 as the Director of Graduate Programs in Education at Bethel. Previous to my university teaching/administrative experience, I was employed as an elementary classroom teacher and building principal for eight years. I hold a B.A. degree in elementary education from Florida State University, a M.A. degree in educational administration from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. degree in curriculum and instruction (with an emphasis on reading, language arts, and children's literature) from the University of Minnesota.


Lisa Silmser

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

Teaching Speciality

Instructional Strategies, Differentiation and Interventions


Louise Wilson

Louise Wilson

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Education | louise-wilson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1999

Areas of expertise

Wilson’s research interests include school reform, charter school development, cognitive learning, and brain development. Her teaching specialties include educational psychology, technology integration, instruction, and school change.


Gretchen Wrobel

Gretchen Wrobel

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

Areas of expertise

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

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