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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

Barrett Fisher

Barrett Fisher

Department Chair | b-fisher@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Department Chair for Languages and Cultures

Faculty

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Lisa Bekemeyer

Adjunct Instructor of Languages and Cultures | ldb86486@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

Bekemeyer is passionate about teaching language through CI (Comprehensible Input) and TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling). She bases her courses on these tenents and strives to help her learners gain a variety of strategies for teaching language through content.

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Brittany Clausell

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Languages and Cultures | bnc22935@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2023

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Languages and Cultures

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Laura Elias

Adjunct Instructor of Languages and Cultures | lae29245@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2022

Adjunct Instructor of Languages and Cultures

Emily Isik

Emily Isik

Adjunct Instructor of Languages and Cultures | emily-isik@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2009

Adjunct Instructor of Languages and Cultures

Gina Maltese-Preciado

Gina Maltese-Preciado

Adjunct Instructor of Spanish Language | gim74778@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Languages: Spanish

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Mark Norlander

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Languages and Cultures | mrn26537@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Professor Norlander's teaching experience has involved secondary and post-secondary French instruction since 1979. He and his wife, Sharon have also directed the St. Paul Intercultural Institute at Bethel University for the past 20 years, which is a study abroad program for Japanese and Chinese university students.

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Can Sakirgil

Adjunct Instructor of Languages and Cultures | sakirgil@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2023

Adjunct Instructor of Languages and Cultures

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Sarah Steil

Adjunct Instructor of Languages and Cultures | scn88976@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Languages: Spanish

Laura Sánchez González

Laura Sánchez González

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Spanish | laura-sanchez@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Sánchez González is from Guadalajara, Mexico, and has taught and administered in a K-12 bilingual school. She has a passion for Latin American culture and film.

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Becki Tate

Adjunct Instructor of American Sign Language | becki-beckman@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Becki taught in Anoka-Hennepin for 12 years before joining Bethel University.