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Meet the Academic Affairs Team


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). 


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

Pamela Erwin, D.Min.

Dean of Professional Programs and Faculty Development

Erwin oversees the professional programs division, Faculty Development, sabbatical, travel funds, Edgren Scholars, and Faculty Excellence Awards.

Started at Bethel: 2002

  • University of North Carolina - B.A., 1991
  • Denver Seminary - M.A., 1996
  • Fuller Seminary - D.Min., 2002

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

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

Vincent Peters, M.S.W.

Associate Dean of Off-Campus Programs and International Studies

Peters oversees the study abroad programs and other off-campus academic learning opportunities. In addition, he occasionally teaches with the Social Work department. 

Started at Bethel: 1995

  • Loyola University (India) - B.A., 1982
  • Madras School of Social Work - M.S.W., 1984

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


Tiffany Cornwell

Academic Affairs Coordinator

Tiffany supports Dean of Arts and Sciences Barrett Fisher with the division, along with reappointment, and the University Classroom Oversight Committee. She also supports VP Dean Deb Sullvan-Trainor with general education, the catalog, summer school, College In The Schools, PSEO, and IDEA evaluations. 

Suzi Nelson

Administrative Assistant, Arts and Humanities Division

x6577 | AC245 | s-nelson@bethel.edu

Suzi is the direct support to the departments within the Arts and Humanities division. 

Lauren Pareigat

Communications Specialist

x6417 | Townhouse I201 | parlau@bethel.edu

Lauren serves as the liaison between the College of Arts & Sciences and other campus offices like Admissions, University Advancement, and Marketing Communications. 

Laura Robertson

Lead Academic Affairs Coordinator

Laura is the support to VP Dean Deb Sullivan-Trainor and also manages full-time contracts and loads. 

Lisa Sowards

Administrative Assistant


Lisa supports the entire Academic Affairs office, assists VP Dean Deb Sullivan-Trainor with initial tenure, tenure renewal, and promotion processes. 

Rebekah Warren

Academic Affairs Coordinator

Rebekah supports Dean of Natural and Behavior Sciences Carole Young and Dean of Professional Programs and Faculty Development Pamela Erwin. She also works with sabbatical, travel funds, Edgren Scholars, and Faculty Excellence Awards. 

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