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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

Nathan Gossett

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science | gosnat@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Gossett coaches Bethel's COMAP math team, which competes annually in the International Mathematical Modeling Competition, as well as Bethels ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition teams. His academic publications include works on information visualization, non-photorealistic rendering, tree modeling and rendering, and outdoor laser scanning applications.


Tanner Auch

Associate Professor of Mathematics | tanner-auch@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Dr. Auch received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Kansas and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has been an assistant professor at Oklahoma Baptist University for the past 4 years, and prior to that was a graduate teaching assistant for 5 years and a teacher at Vacaville Christian Schools in California for 4 years. He received awards for his teaching in 2009 and in 2012. In 2013, he was named a Project . . . read more.

Scott Brown

Professor of Mathematics Education | sbrown@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1996

Brown has years of practical classroom experience as a mathematics teacher in the public schools of Cody, Wyoming. He teaches a wide range of courses in both mathematics and education and oversees Bethel's 5-8 and 5-12 math education programs, ensuring compliance with Minnesota teacher licensure requirements.

Patrice Conrath

Associate Professor of Mathematics | conrath@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Her operations research course at Bethel includes an extensive real-world modeling study carried out by her students, such as simulation modeling of Bethel's financial aid office and dining center. Conrath manages the department's placement testing as well as the hiring and training of tutors for the Math Lab. She also serves as the undergraduate Director of Advising.

Eric Gossett

Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science | gossett@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1984

Gossett pioneered the use of Mathematica within the curriculum and published the textbook Discrete Mathematics with Proof, Second Edition. He developed Bethel's first generation of web services and is the faculty sponsor of the Bethel Anime Club.

Bill Kinney

Professor of Mathematics | bkinney@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Kinney teaches the complete range of mathematics courses. His most recent sabbatical project focused on actuarial math. Kinney's research is in dynamical systems, and he is working with the qualitative theory of differential equations, making geometric assumptions and then proving the existence of certain kinds of solutions.

Rebecca Seaberg

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science | rseaberg@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1981

With experience teaching junior and senior high mathematics, Seaberg teaches a variety of math courses, including those that train elementary math teachers and the general education math courses. She has also supervised Bethel's senior math education.

Deborah Thomas

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science | thodeb@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Thomas focuses her research in the field of biometrics, specifically automatic face recognition from poor quality video. Her papers include approaches for multiframe face recognition using video data and pose handling for improved face recognition. Most recently, she taught at Eastern Oregon University in the department of Computer Science and Multimedia and worked with students on object size estimation using multiple images.

Brian Turnquist

Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science | turnquist@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Turnquist has been at Bethel since 1997. His expertise is in Scientific Computing, especially applied in the field of neuroscience. He collaborates with numerous research groups in the U.S. and internationally developing techniques to measure sensation. He teaches both math and computer science courses including: Numerical Methods, Artificial Intelligence, Scientific Computing, Algebraic Structures, Compilers, and Probability and Statistics.

David Wetzell

Associate Professor of Mathematics | wetzell@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1985

Wetzell specializes in probability and statistics. He advises students on careers in actuarial science, and was active in developing calculus reform materials and extending that approach into the sophomore year in the multivariable calculus and differential equations courses.

Math Placement Information

Testing Information for Course Placement

Helpful instructions on math testing for incoming and current students planning to take Precalculus, Calculus 1, or Math for Elementary Education 1.

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