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Bethel Introduces New Faculty in Post-traditional Programs

Five new full-time faculty members and program directors have started new roles in the College of Adult & Professional Studies, Bethel Seminary, and Graduate School.

By Suzanne McInroy, director of communications

September 19, 2019 | 12:30 p.m.

Bethel’s College of Adult & Professional Studies, Bethel Seminary, and Graduate School welcome five new full-time professors and program directors to the faculty.

Emily Day, program director, Nursing (RN to BSN), College of Adult & Professional Studies

As an epidemiologist and a nurse, Day has gained skills and experience in intensive care, triage, clinic, and public health settings. She has made the transition to academia, where she is working to address public health concerns by improving education to the next generation of nurses. Day is currently in a nursing Ph.D. program at Villanova University. She has her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Rutgers University in New Jersey and her master’s in public health from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Kristi Gustafson ’98, GS’02, program director, post-baccalaureate Nursing, College of Adult & Professional Studies

As a pediatric nurse with certification in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Gustafson has graduated twice from Bethel’s nursing program and now directs the post-baccalaureate nursing program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing and her master’s in nursing education from Bethel. She has taught in the College of Arts & Sciences nursing program and continues to practice as a pediatric nurse at Children’s Minnesota in St. Paul. Her teaching interests include classroom simulations, promoting student success, and supporting students’ transition from school to practice.  

Alicia Klein, assistant professor, Physician Assistant, Graduate School

Trained as a physician assistant, Klein graduated from Rosalind Franklin University in Chicago with a master’s in physician assistant studies. She has worked in Primary Care since 2010. In addition to her faculty role at Bethel, she continues to work at a Minneapolis community clinic where she enjoys seeing patients in a family practice.

Alison Lo, associate professor of Old Testament, Bethel Seminary 

Lo earned her Master of Divinity at Trinity International University in Illinois and Ph.D. at the University of Gloucestershire in the United Kingdom. Her academic research ranges from Wisdom and Poetic Books to the Prophetic Literature in the Old Testament. She has international experience in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, United Kingdom, and Israel through education and employment abroad. Her international exposure over decades has helped to shape her to be a person who embraces human diversity, she says.

Deanna Towns, instructor, Counseling, Graduate School

Towns earned her bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Georgia, her master's in marriage and family therapy from Liberty University in Virginia, and is completing her doctorate in counselor education and supervision at Regent University in Virginia. Prior to joining the Bethel community, she worked as an adjunct professor at Regent University and as a mental health counselor in private practice. She is also involved in establishing the field of counseling in Eastern Europe. 

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