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
Program Director and Associate Professor of Education | firstname.lastname@example.org | Started at Bethel: 2007
Dr. Bonawitz researched disabilities amidst world religions for her doctoral work. Other research areas include Finnish SpEd, collaboration with general and special education, and transformational teacher preparation. Her special education teaching specialties include history, legal issues, mild-moderate disabilities, consultation, collaboration.
Program Director and Associate Professor of Nursing | email@example.com | Started at Bethel: 1985
Specialty area of Women's Health; teaching in courses related to cultural diversity/cultural competence; ongoing research in promotion of undergraduate student success; contributing author for the Student TXT column in the Journal of Christian Nursing.
Program Director and Professor | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
Adjunct Instructor and Program Director | email@example.com | 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.
Program Director and Professor of Education | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
Program Director | email@example.com | Started at Bethel: 2005
Wickam has a corporate background in software product marketing, insurance risk management, and property & casualty claims and marketing. In addition, she owns Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Minnesota. In higher education, she has started two graduate education licensure endorsement programs and three adult undergraduate business degrees. She currently directs both the MA Teaching (licenses in Business 5-12, Comm. Arts & Literature 5-12, General Science 5-8, Chemistry 9-12, Life Science 9-12, Ph. . . read more.
| firstname.lastname@example.org | Started at Bethel: 2014
Financial accounting, budgeting, and reporting; construction project management and facility master planning; long-term strategic modeling with educational component for Governance groups; and staff coaching, team-building and career development
Adjunct Faculty | email@example.com | Started at Bethel: 2016
Operations experience in the service industry (airline, healthcare), within a wide variety of functions. Leading cross-functional teams to solve complex business challenges through data driven and process focused approaches. Quality, including ISO 9001, Lean and Six Sigma. Medical Ethics.
Adjunct Instructor | firstname.lastname@example.org | Started at Bethel: 2001
I am passionate about teaching language through CI (Comprehensible Input) and TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling). I base my courses on these tenants and strive to help my learners gain a variety of strategies for teaching language through content.
Adjunct Instructor | email@example.com | Started at Bethel: 2010
As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Berryhill offers individual counseling for adolescents, adults, couples, and families. He also does psychological and pre-adoption evaluations. He specializes in depression, anxiety, ADHD, and relationship problems. He also sees those serving in ministry, including pastors, missionaries, and their families.
Adjunct Assistant Professor | firstname.lastname@example.org | Started at Bethel: 1995
My areas of expertise include English language learning, teacher education, educational leadership, academic research and writing, and intercultural communication. I am currently serving as the Director of Higher Education Services with TeachBeyond.
Adjunct Faculty | email@example.com | Started at Bethel: 2017
I have taught International Baccalaureate Middle Years Science and Diploma Program Biology for over 20 years and I have worked as the IB MYP Principal Examiner for Biology for over five years. I have also worked as a graduate level instructor for over five years and enjoy many aspects of adult education.
Professor of Nursing | c-clark@bethel | Started at Bethel: 2009
Published research and presentations on professional socialization of nursing students, theory of socialization of clinical nursing faculty, and support needs of immigrant Somali mothers in Minnesota; co-authored article on online orientation; focus on leadership, research, and online learning; C.N.E
Adjunct Faculty | firstname.lastname@example.org | Started at Bethel: 2017
Renee currently practices midwifery full-time in a free standing birth center. For the past 10 years she has worked alongside women and children both stateside and abroad, living in Costa Rica for several years. She has experience in both hospital and out-of-hospital birth and believes that every woman deserves equitable access to high-quality, holistic care.
Professor | email@example.com | 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.
Associate Professor | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
Adjunct Professor | email@example.com | Started at Bethel: 2014
I am married and have five wonderful children and four grandchildren. My educational background includes me completing my Doctor of Education degree this spring at Bethel University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from St. Thomas University and my Principal Licensure from St. Mary’s University. I started my career as a social worker working with abused and neglected children in Chicago, Illinois and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In 1997, I relocated to Minnesota and was looking for a career . . . read more.
Program Director of M.A. in Communication | firstname.lastname@example.org | Started at Bethel: 1997
In addition to teaching, Dreher is director of the forensics program. His research and publishing have focused on political and religious rhetoric, the rhetoric of mathematics and science, and forensic pedagogy. He is also interested in issues of web accessibility and standards.
Associate Professor | email@example.com | Started at Bethel: 2017
I have been married for over 30+ years (to the same woman) and have 2 wonderful sons and a daughter-in-law. While I am not a military offspring, it feels like it at times given the number of places I lived: Argentina, Colombia, Connecticut, Georgia, Germany, Honduras, Minnesota, Missouri, South Carolina and Texas. Additionally, I have traveled extensively through Central/South America, Europe and Israel. These travels and living experiences have shaped me into the person I am today, whic. . . read more.
Adjunct Instructor | firstname.lastname@example.org | Started at Bethel: 2013
Response to Intervention, instructional technology integration, curriculum development, differentiated instruction, STEM integration, early literacy/numeracy development, formative assessment, continuous improvement process, Professional Learning Communities, professional development, standards based grading, classroom management
Adjunct Professor, Student Teacher Supervisor and Thesis Advisor | email@example.com | Started at Bethel: 2013
Over ten years of professional classroom teaching experience in K-12 Special Education EBD, SLD, and ASD in federal settings I,II,III,IV. Current expertise in the areas of: edTPA training/instruction, SPED student teaching supervision, SPED 608 instruction, and SPED Graduate Thesis advising.
Adjunct Instructor | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
Adjunct Instructor | email@example.com | 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.
Faculty | firstname.lastname@example.org | Started at Bethel: Spring 2017
Greetings, I am Becky Gerdes. I started my educational journey by earning my Bachelor of Science Degree at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN in elementary education with a minor in Social Welfare. That background in social welfare has provided me with an opportunity over the years to build connections in the communities to provide parents with resources (social services, food stamps, counseling, dental health). My teaching experience includes teaching fourth grade, . . . read more.
Adjunct Instructor | email@example.com | 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.
Adjunct Instructor | firstname.lastname@example.org | Started at Bethel: 2016
I have been a registered nurse for 15 years with 10 of those years working as a Nurse Practitioner. I have worked in medical/oncology inpatient and outpatient as well gynecology oncology/women's health. My areas of expertise include oncology, chemotherapy and chemotherapy symptom management, chronic disease management, women's health, reproductive health, cancer screening, cancer survivorship, integrative medicine and health assessment.
Adjunct Professor of Nursing | email@example.com | Started at Bethel: 2009
Community engagement, academic and community collaboration/partnerships, intercultural learning, inter-professional education and practice, advance practice nursing, population focused health care, health equity, and health policy.
Enrollment Counselor, Program Coordinator, Adjunct Faculty | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
Adjunct Professor | email@example.com | Started at Bethel: 2011
Jenny Hill (@Bibliophile84) has been recognized on WCCO TV for her work as an elementary school library media specialist. She recently completed her Doctorate of Education from Bethel University, St. Paul, MN. Jenny loves drinking strong coffee, reading good books, and savoring deep thoughts. You can find her book and blog online at walkingwithtension.com. Jenny lives in central Minnesota and attends Genesis Covenant Church.
Professor of Nursing | firstname.lastname@example.org | Started at Bethel: 2006
Education and leadership roles in adult critical care; leadership in associate-degree nursing education; cultural nursing education; adult medical/surgical nursing in undergraduate education; use of simulation in nursing education; nursing education research; leadership in local chapter of STTI, the honor society of nursing
Adjunct Faculty | email@example.com | Started at Bethel: 2013
Psychometric assessment of child and adolescent psychopathology with a focus on administering and interpreting intellectual, academic achievement, executive functioning, social-emotional, and adaptive behavior development.
Adjunct Instructor | firstname.lastname@example.org | Started at Bethel: 2007
Economic development and trade, applied econometrics, social networks, and economics of religion. Current working papers include “Institutions, Trade and Geography: A Panel Data Study” and “Religious Values and Beliefs and Economic Development in the Nation State.”
Adjunct Instructor | email@example.com | 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.
Adjunct Instructor | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
Assistant Professor of Psychology | email@example.com | 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.
Adjunct Associate Professor of Spanish Education | firstname.lastname@example.org | Started at Bethel: 2001
LeGrand developed and directs Bethel's Spain Term and oversees the World Languages and Cultures education program at Bethel. Her interests include teaching all levels of Spanish, teaching about and applying theories of second language acquisition, and researching 16th and 17th century literature from Spain and Latin America. LeGrand is on the board of the Minnesota Council of Teaching Languages and Cultures and has been president of the Minnesota chapter of the Association of Teachers of S. . . read more.
Adjunct Faculty | email@example.com | 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.
Associate Professor | firstname.lastname@example.org | Started at Bethel: 2015
I am interested in practices and interventions that support student success in inclusive environments. I enjoy facilitating general and special education teacher development and partnering with schools to better prepare teachers and serve (P-12) students well.
Associate Professor of Education | email@example.com | Started at Bethel: 1996
Martin’s scholarly interests include content area literacy, reflective teaching, and teacher’s use of metacognation. Her teaching specialties include secondary social studies, middle level philosophy and pedagogy, and educational psychology.
Associate Professor of Education | firstname.lastname@example.org | Started at Bethel: 2010
Peg McCormick's interests and areas of specialization include Behavioral Theory, interventions for the EBD classroom, resilient health for teachers, and best practices for the support of international student teachers.
Adjunct Faculty | email@example.com | Started at Bethel: Fall 2015
I have been in Nursing since 1983, graduated from the U of M in 2010. I worked as a CNM at Mayo Clinic for 2 years before moving back to Hutchinson were I work full time at Glencoe Regional Health Services in a full scope practice. My passion is for Women's Health with a focus on teen pregnancies, menopause, and obesity.
Adjunct Professor, Dissertation Advisor and Reader | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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
Associate Professor of Nursing | email@example.com | Started at Bethel: 1997
Dr. Meyer has been teaching since 1989 in nursing theory, fundamentals of nursing, ethics, psychiatric mental health nursing in the undergraduate program; theory and nurse educator courses in the graduate program and psychopathology in the marriage and family therapy program at Bethel Seminary. Areas of specific interest include: theory, ethics, mental health and mental illness in society and the church, women's issues, and innovations in nursing education.. . . read more.
Adjunct | firstname.lastname@example.org | Started at Bethel: 2014
Maia has been teaching in the special education field for 10 years. During this time she has worked with students of all disability areas. For the majority of her teaching career she has taught reading and writing, but has also taught in center-based programs as well as social skills classes for students with autism.
Professor of Nursing | email@example.com | Started at Bethel: 2002
Cultural diversity, Cross-cultural childbearing and child-rearing families, Evidence-based practice, obstetrics, mentoring students for international experiences, cross-cultural research, research especially qualitative.
Adjunct | firstname.lastname@example.org | Started at Bethel: 2015
Small business financial consultant and project manager. I have been an entrepreneur for 30 years, helping small business owners understand their finances. I consult as well as lead projects from organizational change to process development. I enter into organizations that need to revamp process, reorganize to get the right talent in the right chairs, and automate software systems for efficiency; I utilize the team and talent that is already in place and bring them together to collaborate a. . . read more.
Instructor, Leadership Coach, Thesis Advisor and Dissertation Adviser | email@example.com | Started at Bethel: 2007
Leadership theory & development, transformational & servant leadership, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, coaching & mentoring, ethics, self-leadership & assessment, leadership communication, strengths-based leadership, organizational development, change & change leadership, organizational diagnosis & health, and team leadership.
Adjunct Instructor | firstname.lastname@example.org | Started at Bethel: 2010
I have a decade of teaching experience in literacy that spans the kindergarten through college age groups. Now I use these experiences to mentor the teacher candidates I supervise for the undergraduate and graduate teaching education programs.
Acting Associate Dean of Nursing and Professor of Nursing | email@example.com | Started at Bethel: 1982
Dr. Peterson's areas of interest include mental health nursing, nursing care of the elderly, gerontology, end of life care, nursing curriculum development and assessment, and the theology of suffering. Her publications and presentations primarily focus on faith and health integration, suffering, and professional boundaries.
Adjunct Instructor | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
Adjunct Instructor | email@example.com | Started at Bethel: 2016
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. I provide psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, and families, along with psychological services such as assessments and expert opinions to various organizations. Philosophically, I follow a systems perspective, which understands the human person and his/her well-being within the context of interpersonal relationships. I employ a number of techniques in my clinical work, including scientifically validated models of therapy such as cogn. . . read more.
Associate Professor and Leadership in K-12 Administration | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
Associate Professor of History | email@example.com | 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.
Adjunct Instructor | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
Adjunct Instructor | email@example.com | 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.
Adjunct Instructor | firstname.lastname@example.org | Started at Bethel: 2016
Seal has held a variety of leadership roles in the field of aging services, in both assisted living environments and skilled nursing facilities. She is currently serving as the housing director of an assisted living community in St. Paul, and is actively involved in advocacy efforts for senior healthcare.
Adjunct Instructor | email@example.com | 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.
Adjunct Instructor | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
Adjunct Instructor and LP | email@example.com
As an adjunct professor at Bethel University, Tracy teaches neuropsychology, biological bases of behavior, to the graduate students in counseling psychology. He is the author of two books, "Pain: It's Not All In Your Head; The Test Don't Show Everything", and “Pain: Nerves On Fire; Changing Neuropathic Pain.”
Assistant Professor of Nursing | firstname.lastname@example.org | Started at Bethel: 2011
Dissertation research on lateral violence in nursing and nursing education. Nursing experience in Mental Health and Maternal-Child nursing. Fifteen years spent working as Certified Nurse Midwife serving a diverse population of women. Currently teaching in the M.S. in Nurse-Midwifery program
Adjunct Instructor, LP and RPT-S | email@example.com | Started at Bethel: 2010
Child Directed/Experiential Play Therapy, EMDR (Level II), Somatic Experiencing, trauma and PTSD, emotional/behavioral issues with children, parent education, emotion regulation skills, and play therapy training of other professionals.
Adjunct Instructor | firstname.lastname@example.org | Started at Bethel: 2002
Drawing on my identity as a Christ-following Ukrainian immigrant, my passion is to advocate for linguistically and culturally minoritized people, including students in school systems at various levels. I try to live Christ's highest calling to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
Adjunct Faculty | email@example.com | Started at Bethel: 2012
Melissa specializes in teaching and training in play therapy and child development. She integrates many of the experiences and resources from her personal practice as a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor into her classes.
Associate Professor | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
Nurse-Midwifery Instructor | email@example.com | Started at Bethel: 2014
Katrina is a practicing, full-scope nurse-midwife with experience in home and birth center birth and developing women’s healthcare services. Her clinical interests include family planning, integrative medicine, improving racial and cultural diversity among midwives, and increasing access to midwifery care in underserved communities.
Professor of Sociology and Professor of Sociology | firstname.lastname@example.org | Started at Bethel: 2000
Zalanga’s doctoral fieldwork focused on the comparative role of ruling elite coalitions in development policy formulation and implementation in Malaysia and Nigeria. He specifically studied the process and politics of neoliberal economic reforms and implementation. Zalanga grew up in the northeastern region of Nigeria and brings an international and interdisciplinary perspective to the department.
Adjunct Instructor | email@example.com | 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.