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Meet the Academic Affairs Team

Contact

To contact our office, call 651.638.6800, email cas-academic-affairs@bethel.edu, or stop by our suite in Arden Village West, Townhouse I200.

We are available to serve you Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed for chapel (10:15-11 a.m., MWF). 

Deans

Deborah Sullivan-Trainor, Ph.D.

Vice President and Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Sullivan-Trainor oversees the General Education program, the Catalog, summer school, College-in-the-Schools, PSEO, IDEA (course) Evaluations, and directs the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship and the Office of Sponsored Research. 

Started at Bethel: 1999

  • Texas Tech University - B.A., 1977
  • Texas Tech University - M.A., 1984
  • University of California - Ph.D., 1994

StrengthsFinder Themes:

  • Adaptability
  • Arranger
  • Maximizer
  • Deliberative
  • Ideation

Julie Finnern, Ed.D.

Dean of Professional Programs, beginning August 7, 2017

Finnern will oversee the professional programs division.

Started at Bethel: 2017

  • Wheaton College - B.A.
  • University of Minnesota - M.A.
  • University of South Dakota - Ed.D.

StrengthsFinder Themes:

  • Learner
  • Achiever
  • Individualization
  • Relator
  • Connectedness

Barrett Fisher, Ph.D.

Dean of Arts and Humanities

Fisher oversees the arts and humanities division, reappointment, and serves as a member of the University Classroom Oversight Committee (UCOC). 

Started at Bethel: 1988

  • Bowdoin College - A.B., 1980
  • Cornell University - M.A., 1984
  • Cornell University - Ph.D., 1987

StrengthsFinder Themes:

  • Communication
  • Connectedness
  • Learner
  • Relator
  • Responsibility

Joel Frederickson, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Institutional Assessment and Accreditation

Frederickson leads Bethel's assessment strategies of current students and alumni, and manages the institution's accreditation processes. He is also the chair of the Psychology department and Professor of Psychology.

Started at Bethel: 1996

  • Bethel College - B.A., 1989
  • University of Minnesota - M.A., 1992
  • University of Minnesota - Ph.D., 1997

StrengthsFinder Themes:

  • Learner
  • Input
  • Intellection
  • Achiever
  • Deliberative

Carole Young, Ph.D.

Dean of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Young oversees the division of natural and behavioral sciences. She is the most recent member of the Academic Affairs team, taking this position August 2016. She had previously taught as Professor of Psychology for the College of Arts & Sciences. 

Started at Bethel: 1990

  • Spring Arbor College - B.A. in Psychology, 1978
  • Arizona State University - M.A., 1983
  • Arizona State University - Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, 1985

Staff

Tiffany Cornwell

Academic Affairs Coordinator

tiffany-cornwell@bethel.edu

Tiffany supports VP Dean Deb Sullvan-Trainor with IDEA evaluations. 

StrengthsFinder Themes:

  • Strategic
  • Communication
  • Activator
  • Woo
  • Positivity

Alyssa Hessler

Academic Affairs Coordinator

x6036 | a-hessler@bethel.edu

Alyssa supports Dean of Arts and Humanities, Barrett Fisher; Dean of Natural and Behavioral Sciences and Faculty Development, Carole Young; and Dean of Professional Programs, Julie Finnern. She also works with sabbatical, travel funds, Edgren Scholars, Faculty Excellence Awards, and Summer School.

StrengthsFinder Themes:

  • Restorative
  • Input
  • Empathy
  • Context
  • Activator

Suzi Nelson

Administrative Assistant, Arts and Humanities Division

x6577 | CC308 | s-nelson@bethel.edu

Suzi is the direct support to the departments within the Arts and Humanities division. She also teaches a section of Introduction to the Liberal Arts in the College of Arts & Sciences.

StrengthsFinder Themes:

  • Positivity
  • Empathy
  • Context
  • Connectedness
  • Learner

Rebekah Warren

Academic Advising Specialist

x6437 | CC231 | r-warren@bethel.edu

Rebekah is our staff specialist for the Advising Center. She is a resource for all College of Arts & Sciences students needing academic advising and planning assistance. In addition, Bekah works with the Advising committee to establish smooth advising procedures. 

StrengthsFinder Themes:

  • Learner
  • Connectedness
  • Intellection
  • Strategic
  • Input

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