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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.

Department Chair

Joyce LeMay

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Business | j-lemay@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Twin Cities Human Resource Association (TCHRA). Professional activities include consulting top-level management on improvements to work environments based on effective human resource and business strategies with a focus on ethics and organizational culture.


Mauvalyn Bowen

Associate Professor for Business | mmb86499@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Dr. Bowen has done extensive work in Jamaica and the Caribbean, as an administrator, consultant, and faculty. Her research interests lie in the areas of social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial training, and small business management for micro and small entrepreneurs in developing countries. She currently serves as a member on the local board of HOPE International. She co-authored the textbook ‘Entrepreneurship for Caribbean Students.’

Susie Brooks

Adjunct Associate Professor of Business and Economics | sabrooks@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Adjunct Associate Professor of Business and Economics

Amanda Carter

Associate Professor of Business and Economics | a-carter@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Carter has spent her career in the financial analysis field, working for companies like Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, and most recently, The Clifton Group. She also brings extensive experience in investment banking, consultancy, project management, portfolio management, and much more.

Nikki Daniels

Adjunct Professor in Leadership | n-daniels@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1989

Self Analysis, Self Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Team Development

Leone Elliott

Adjunct Professor of Business and Economics | lfe57654@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Adjunct Professor of Business and Economics

Tim Essenburg

Professor of Economics | esstim@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1989

The redevelopment of central city neighborhoods; publications include "Investing the Church's Social Capital in the Economy of Welfare.”

Sheila Ferguson

Department Coordinator/Academic Advisor | s-ferguson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

Meet Sheila Ferguson, Business & Economics Department Coordinator/Academic Advisor

Tawnya Fiedler

Adjunct Instructor of Business and Economics | taf79388@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Adjunct Instructor of Business and Economics

Paul Floyd

Adjunct Instructor of Business | paul-floyd@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Business plan development, strategic planning and legal, regulatory and compliance.

Leo Gabriel

Professor of Business | gableo@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1991

Tax policy, asset accumulation, and financial education for low and moderate-income families. Dissertation research examined savings by Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) recipients in Minnesota. Other research includes studies of minority and women owned businesses, individual development accounts for low-income families, and homeownership programs for low and moderate-income families.

James Green

Adjunct Instructor of Business and Economics | jgreen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Adjunct Instructor of Business and Economics

Chuck Hannema

Associate Professor of Business | charles-hannema@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Commercial and investment banking and capital markets, with 20 years in corporate roles. An area of great interest to him is behavioral finance and the role that impact investing plays in promoting social good.

Mary Ann Harris

Associate Professor of Business | m-harris@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Creativity and cognitive processing of marketing messages. Dissertation focus was the impact of storytelling advertisements on memory and emotion.

Julie Hedlund

Associate Professor of Business | julie-hedlund@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Ms. Hedlund brings three decades of marketing industry experience to her appointment. In addition, she brings experience as an adjunct faculty member at Bethel since spring 2016, teaching courses such as Global Marketing, Principles of Marketing, and Sales and Sales Management. Ms. Hedlund has a Bachelor of Science in Business from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Master of Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI. In addition, she has completed a Bus. . . read more.

Brian Holland

Associate Professor of Business | holbri@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1984

Healthcare finance, working capital issues, and consulting with small businesses.

Jeff Jacob

Professor of Economics | j-jacob@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Economic development and trade, applied econometrics, social networks, and economics of religion. Current working papers include "Institutions, Trade and Geography: A Panel Data Study" and "Religious Values and Beliefs and Economic Development in the Nation State."

Jeffrey Johnson

Adjunct Instructor of Business and Economics | jaj45765@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Adjunct Instructor of Business and Economics

Kevin Johnson

Adjunct Associate Professor of Business and Economics | klj84696@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Dr. K.L. Johnson is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Bethel University. He teaches in both the CAS Business and Economics Department as well as the MBA Program of Bethel CAPS/GS.

Christina Kaiser

Associate Professor of Business and Economics | c-kaiser@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Leadership development, organizational analysis, conflict resolution, mediation

Gregg Lindberg

Adjunct Instructor of Business | lingrem@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Human Resource Management, Business Administration, Organizational Development, Leadership, Technology, and Public Administration.

Dmitri Medvedovski

Associate Professor of Economics | dmedved@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Family economics and personal finance. Current working paper is "Determinants of Father-Child Time Allocation.”

Jay Milbrandt

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Business and Economics | miljay@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Intellectual property law and global justice. Authored "Go and Do: Daring to Change the World One Story at a Time" and "The Daring Heart of David Livingstone"

Bruce Olsen

Associate Professor of Business | bruce-olsen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Business combinations, personal financial planning, and financial accounting. Memberships in American Institute of CPAs, Minnesota Society of CPAs, and Minnesota Council of Accounting Educators.

Richard Olson

Adjunct Instructor of Business and Economics | rwo62666@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Adjunct Instructor of Business and Economics

Bethany Opsata

Associate Professor of Business | b-opsata@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

Staffing, compensation, and employment law. Pursuing a Ph.D. with a specialization in Human Resource Development, University of Minnesota.

Jeffrey Stitt

Adjunct Professor of Business and Economics | jls33348@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016


Steve Whiting

Associate Professor of Business | whiste@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

More than 20 years of management, consulting, and information technology experience. Interested in a biblical framework for technology/engineering and business.

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