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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

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Stephen Hunt

Program Director | huntsy@hotmail.com | Started at Bethel: 2019

Hello. I am 1985 graduate of Bethel College. Excited to be back at alma mater. I have been an educator for over 30 years teaching at secondary, tertiary, and adult levels. I live in Eden Prairie, am married and proud parent of two children and a wonderful yellow lab named Thunder.

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

Teaching Partner | 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.

Mary Fonken-Holden

Mary Fonken-Holden

Adjunct Instructor | m-holden@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Dr. Fonken-Holden has 40 years of experience with Anoka-Hennepin School District as a Teacher, Assistant Principal and Director of Student Services prior to coming to Bethel. Her area of expertise is in culturally responsive instruction in K-12 schools.

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Randy Moberg

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

Moberg has worked at Bethel since 2009.

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Glenn Morehouse Olson

Adjunct Professor | gmorehouseolson@gmail.com | Started at Bethel: 2019

Glenn Morehouse Olson is a new adjunct professor for Bethel University, teaching the Language Arts Methods course in the CAPS/GS program. She is a Certified Journalism Educator who also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater performance. Now in her 17th year as an educator, she teaches AP Lang and Comp, journalism (on-line, broadcast, social media, and print), theater, playwrighting and Language Arts (grades 9 - 12) at St. Francis High School. She has three daughters and her husband is al. . . read more.

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

Univesity Professor of Psychology | 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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