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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, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Joyce LeMay, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Department Chair and Associate Professor | jlemay@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.

Faculty

Mauvalyn Bowen

Mauvalyn Bowen

| mmb86499@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

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 entrepreneurial marketing, social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial training 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.’

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Susie Brooks

| sabrooks@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Adjunct Associate Professor for Business and Economics department

Amanda Carter

Amanda Carter

| a-carter@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

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.

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David Danforth

| dandav@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Associate Professor of Business Emeritus

Nikki Daniels

Nikki Daniels

| n-daniels@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1989

Self Analysis, Self Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Team Development

Tim Essenburg

Tim Essenburg

| esstim@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1989

Teaching and scholarly interests in macroeconomics, urban community revitalization, socioeconomic inequality, and reconciliation in a racialized society.

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Tawnya Fiedler

| taf79388@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Adjunct Instructor for Business and Economics department

Paul Floyd

Paul Floyd

| paul-floyd@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Capstone/Business plan development, strategic planning and leadership ethics

Leo Gabriel

Leo Gabriel

| 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.

Mary Ann Harris

Mary Ann Harris

| 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

Julie Hedlund

| julie-hedlund@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Julie has 30+ years of business and marketing management experience, including work with Fortune 100 companies, ConAgra and 3M, and as a partner in Minneapolis marketing consulting firm, Market Street Partners. Most of Julie's career has been focused in the areas of business/market development, brand management, and advertising. She has worked in over 30 different industries, and with hundreds of businesses, both large and small.

Brian Holland

Brian Holland

| holbri@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1985

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

Jeff Jacob

Jeff Jacob

| 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."

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Jeffrey Johnson

| jaj45765@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Adjunct Instructor for Business and Economics department

Kevin L. Johnson

Kevin L. Johnson

| klj84696@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Dr. K.L. Johnson is a Teaching Partner (Adjunct Associate Professor) at Bethel University. He teaches in the Undergraduate (CAS Business and Economics Department), Adult Undergraduate, and Graduate MBA Program of Bethel CAPS/GS.

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Thomas Johnson

| johtho@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1987

Associate Professor of Business Emeritus

Christina Kaiser

Christina Kaiser

| ckaiser65@gmail.com | Started at Bethel: 2015

Leadership development, organizational analysis, conflict resolution, mediation

Gregg Lindberg

Gregg Lindberg

| lingrem@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

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

Dmitri Medvedovski

Dmitri Medvedovski

| dmedved@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

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

Jay Milbrandt

Jay Milbrandt

| 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

Bruce Olsen

| bruce-olsen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

He received his MBA, specializing in accounting, from the University of Minnesota. He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Minnesota. His interests include auditing practices and procedures, financial accounting, and personal financial planning. He holds memberships in the American Institute of CPAs and the Minnesota Society of CPAs.

Bethany Opsata

Bethany Opsata

| 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.

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Jeffrey Stitt

| jls33348@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Marketing

Steve Whiting

Steve Whiting

| whiste@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

More than 30 years of management, consulting, and information technology experience. Interested in a biblical framework for technology/engineering and business.

Drew Whitson

Drew Whitson

| drew.whitson@gmail.com | Started at Bethel: 2018

Associate Professor of Business

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