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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

Susan Brooks

Susan Brooks

Department Chair | susan-brooks@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Dr. Brooks works primarily with the Communication Arts and Literature Education major, preparing students to be high school and middle school English teachers. Her scholarship focuses on best practices in reading and writing--particularly how people's underlying ideas about the nature of literature affect the ways they read, write and teach. She specializes in young adult literature and recently had a chapter published in Teens and the New Religious Landscape: Essays on Religion in Young. . . read more.

Marion Larson

Marion Larson

Department Chair | m-larson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1986

Larson's favorite thing about teaching English is getting to read and think about books that are so different from daily life, yet hold so many important connections; and she loves doing this with faculty and students who also enjoy it. Her most recent publication (with Bethel philosophy colleague Sara Shady) is a 2017 book, From Bubble to Bridge: Educating Christians for a Multifaith World. She has also published articles in areas related to interfaith dialogue and faculty development, and. . . read more.

Faculty

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Phyllis Alsdurf

Professor of English Emerita | p-alsdurf@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Professor of English Emerita

Thomas Becknell

Thomas Becknell

Professor of English | t-becknell@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1984

Becknell teaches introductory and advanced courses on American literature, environmental writing, and modern myth makers. He received the Faculty Excellence Award for teaching in 1995. He is the author of a book of spiritual lessons from nature, Of Earth and Sky, and articles on American literary history.

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Jeannine Bohlmeyer

Professor of English Emeritus | bohlmeyer@usfamily.net | Started at Bethel: 1958

Professor of English Emeritus

Mark Bruce

Mark Bruce

Associate Professor of English | mbruce@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Bruce has recently published articles in the areas of Medieval English literature and graduate study of English. What he loves most about Medieval British literature is the energy and intensity of the literature; and he loves helping students to experience it with him.

Yu-Li Chang-Zacher

Yu-Li Chang-Zacher

Associate Professor of Journalism | ycz54258@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Chang Zacher teaches basic reporting, community journalism, data journalism, and senior seminar. Her research focuses on the role of media in shaping public opinion and global culture. She has published in refereed journals such as Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Asian Journal of Communication, and International Communication Research Journal.

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Lorraine Eitel

Associate Professor of English Emeritus | lorraineeitel@gmail.com | Started at Bethel: 1974

Associate Professor of English Emerita

Daniel Ritchie

Daniel Ritchie

Professor of English | d-ritchie@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1985

Ritchie has won grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support Bethel's Humanities Program (2007) and a new course entitled "What Good is Leisure?" (2013). He's led seven study-abroad courses, including five of Bethel's "England Term" semesters. In 2018, he published articles in "Christianity and Literature" (on Milton's "Paradise Lost") and "National Affairs" (on conflicting visions of how to fashion a free people). He won Bethel's Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching in. . . read more.

Angela Shannon

Angela Shannon

Associate Professor of English | a-shannon@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Shannon is the author of the poetry book "Singing the Bones Together." Her poems have been published in a variety of journals and anthologies, including "Where One Ends Another Begins: 150 Years of Minnesota Poetry"; "Beyond the Frontier: African American Poetry for the 21st Century"; and the textbook "A Multicultural Reader, Collection One: Many Voices Literature Series." Professor Shannon’s choreopoem "Root Woman" premiered at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theater in Evanston, Illinois.. . . read more.

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Daniel Taylor

Professor of English Emeritus | d-taylor@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1977

Professor of English Emeritus

April Vinding

April Vinding

Professor of English | a-vinding@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2004

Vinding teaches a full range of writing classes from composition to creative nonfiction. Her primary interests are the creative process, the lyric essay, and creative nonfiction that explores nontraditional forms. Her essays, poetry, and creative nonfiction have been published in "Ruminate," "Geez," "get born," and "Curator," publications that probe the interplay of faith, community, and the arts. Her spiritual memoir "Triptych" examines faith as a match: a puzzle, a flame, a fight.. . . read more.

Scott Winter

Scott Winter

Assistant Professor of Journalism | s-winter@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Winter teaches and practices big story reporting. He's energized by journalists and writers who find new ways to tell stories to make them matter to changing audiences. The University of Nebraska Press published his book, "Nebrasketball: Coach Tim Miles and a Big Ten Team on the Rise," in 2015. He teaches high school and collegiate journalism workshops throughout the U.S. and leads students on international reporting projects, including January 2017's Project Guatemala with graphic design p. . . read more.

Student Media

The "Coeval" Undergraduate Literary and Art Magazine

The Coeval, meaning "of the same age," is Bethel's undergraduate literary and art magazine. Published each semester, the Coeval is edited by students and advised by the English and Journalism department. See the archive of Coeval issues in the Digital Library

The Clarion Newspaper

The Clarion is Bethel's student newspaper. It has received multiple national awards for writing and photography, and most recently for its website, including being named Best in Show by the Associated Collegiate Press. 

Textura

Textura is a J-Term trip that gives students a unique opportunity to practice their photojournalistic skills internationally and work together with graphic designers to turn their content into a magazine. The Textura Guatemala magazine from the 2017 trip to Guatemala received a national Best Feature Magazine award from the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP).

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