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15 New Faculty Welcomed

The newest group of faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences, filling roles in humanities and pre-professional programs.

This fall, the College of Arts & Sciences welcomed 15 new full-time members, many new to the Bethel community, and some familiar.

Amanda Carter—who started last spring—joins the business and economics department as an associate professor. She is a certified financial analyst and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University and an MBA from Wharton Business School.

Jeff Stitt joins the business and economics department as an assistant professor to the full-time teaching team. He has been teaching at Bethel since 2011 in an adjunct role. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree, plus doctoral coursework, in sociology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Bonnie Houck joins the education department as associate professor. Houck has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Concordia University Chicago, and an Ed.D. from the University of St. Thomas. She is also a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator trainer and has a certificate in “PreK-3 Education: Promoting Early Success” from Harvard University.

Yu-li Chang-Zacher joins the English department as assistant professor of journalism. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Fu Jen Catholic University, New Taipei, Taiwan; a master’s in journalism and mass communication from the University of Missouri-Columbia; and a Ph.D. in journalism from Ohio University.

Charles Goldberg joins the history department as an assistant professor of history and digital humanities coordinator. Goldberg earned his bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and a Master of Arts in Philosophy and Ph.D. from Syracuse University.

Mitchell Krumm joins the political science department as an assistant professor. He will be teaching classes on American politics and political philosophy. Krumm earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University, and his master’s and Ph.D from Indiana University.  

Holy Krech Thomas joins the psychology department as an associate professor. She has taught college students around the world from Shanghai to New York City. Thomas earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado-Denver and her master’s degree and Ph.D from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

The Department of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science added three teaching faculty this year:

Kelly Gibas joins as an instructor in the biokinetics program. Gibas is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC); adjunct faculty at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul; and the founder of a metabolic health clinic in Maple Grove. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bethel University and anticipates completing her Doctor of Behavioral Health from Arizona State University next year.

Leah Jackson joins the biokinetics program as an assistant professor. She has experience working as an inpatient physical therapist and clinical instructor. Jackson has a bachelor’s degree from Bethel University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from St. Catherine University. 

Mike Wild joins as an instructor in athletic training. He has a passion for teaching students and patients about overuse injuries and challenges students to grow through hands-on experiences. Wild earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Daemon College.

Christine Osgood joins the general education teaching team as Bethel’s first associate professor of wellbeing. She has worked at Bethel for 18 years and is excited to take on this position. Osgood earned her bachelor’s degree from Bethel University, master’s from the North American Baptist Seminary, and her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Bethel Seminary.

The Nursing Department gains four new instructors:

Beth Anderson joins the department as an assistant professor. Anderson earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master’s from St. Catherine University.

Deb Lamb joins the department as an assistant professor. She started working in the nursing skills lab at Bethel many years ago as a part-time staff member. Her work at Bethel expanded into the skills lab supervisor role, where she has been for the last several years. Now since completing her master’s, she is beginning her first faculty role. Lamb earned her bachelor’s degree from Mankato State University and her master’s from Bethel University.

Sara Nylin joins the department as an assistant professor. She is excited to teach in the nursing program after working nearly 20 years as a nurse in labor and delivery and high-risk obstetrics. Nylin earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Jennifer Wood joins the department as an associate professor. Her nursing background includes adult medical/surgical critical care and cardiovascular ICU. She has been teaching since 2008 and has taught pre-licensure associate and baccalaureate nursing, as well as online in BSN completion, Master of Nursing Education, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs. Wood earned her A.A.S. from Pima Community College, her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Grand Canyon University, and her Ph.D from Capella University.

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