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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

Jay has served for 27 years as a teacher educator and is currently a Professor Emeritus of Education at Bethel University. Teaching responsibilities included undergraduate and graduate level courses in literacy education and assessment. His previous administrative responsibilities included 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 which he helped develop and oversee four master's programs and on. . . read more.

Lisa Silmser

Lisa Silmser

Program Director | l-silmser@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

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

Faculty

Nathan Elliott

Nathan Elliott

| nathan-elliott@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Nathan Elliott has served as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and educational consultant. He began teaching at Bethel University in 2013, and has since developed several new courses, including the ENVoY Classroom Management Strategies certificate program.

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Randy Moberg

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

Moberg has worked at Bethel since 2009.

Leon Rodrigues

Leon Rodrigues

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

Passionate educator and advocate for social justice

Ruslana Westerlund

Ruslana Westerlund

| 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

| 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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