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Master of Arts

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

Molly Wickam

Program Director | m-wickam@bethel.edu | 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.


Laura BeMent-Jaroscak

Adjunct Instructor | lab73285@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Work Based Learning Technology Business Education

Lisa Bekemeyer

Adjunct Instructor | ldb86486@bethel.edu | 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.

John Bergeland

Adjunct Professor | jbergeland@isd12.org | Started at Bethel: 2005

Content Area Literacy, Disciplinary Literacy, Vocabulary Instruction, Teaching Reading

Cheryl Bostrom

Adjunct Assistant Professor | c-bostrom@bethel.edu | 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.

Ken Dean

Adjunct Assistant Professor | kmd78958@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2004

Biological Studies

Leona Derden

Adjunct Professor | ler43264@bethel.edu | 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.

William Kron

Adjunct Instructor | wjk97757@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

Teaching and Learning

Judith Landrum

Dean of Education, Christian Ministries, and Associate Programs | j-landrum@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2004

Secondary Literacy: Writing instruction practices, K-12 Literature, and Reading in the Content Area

Donna LeGrand

Adjunct Associate Professor of Spanish Education | legdon@bethel.edu | 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.

Jill Martin

Associate Professor of Education | jmartin@bethel.edu | 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.

Jane Matheson

Adjunct Instructor | j-matheson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Science Education and Assessment

Patricia Paulson

Adjunct Instructor | patricia-paulson@bethel.edu | 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.

Abbey Payeur

Adjunct Instructor | abbeypayeur@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

I have a decade of teaching experience in literacy that spans the kindergarten through college age groups. I currently teach reading and writing skills to undergrads in CAS, and to adult students in CAPS programs.

Raymond Sperl

Adjunct Faculty | raymond-sperl@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Instructional Technology Integration; Science Instruction

Danny Swensen

Professor of Education | d-swensen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Areas of expertise include mathematics and physics education, education technology, and statistics.

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