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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

Pamela Zimmerman

Program Director and Adjunct Instructor | pamela-zimmerman@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Social gerontology and aging policy.


John Kantke

Adjunct Professor | john.kantke@voamn.org | Started at Bethel: 2011

Ethics and Aging

Jenna Seal

Adjunct Instructor | jks29647@bethel.edu | 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.

Samuel Zalanga

Professor of Sociology | szalanga@bethel.edu | 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.

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