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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

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Eydie Shypulski

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Social Work | | Started at Bethel: 2015

Dr. Eydie Dyke-Shypulski (LICSW) is the chair of the social work department at Bethel University, program director and associate professor.


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John Bower

Professor of Social Work Emeritus | | Started at Bethel: 1978

Professor of Social Work Emeritus

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Hannah Burton

Adjunct Faculty | | Started at Bethel: 2018

Hannah has a wide variety of professional experiences with Minnesota's child welfare system including parent support outreach case management services, child protection investigations, children and family services program planning, and providing post-adoption support to families across Minnesota. Hannah has provided crisis support, advocacy, and case management services working with survivors of domestic/sexual violence and their families. Hannah has also worked within organizations serving. . . read more.

Morgan McDowell

Morgan McDowell

Adjunct Professor | | Started at Bethel: 2019

Morgan McDowell has experience and expertise in school social work, childhood trauma, mental health, crisis assessments, and care coordination.

Sandra Traudt

Sandra Traudt

Associate Professor of Social Work | | Started at Bethel: 1999

Sande Traudt has specialized experience in integrative practice; children, youth, and families; gerontology; group work; ethics; supervision; violence prevention and intervention; trauma informed practice; resiliency; justice and spirituality; compassion fatigue; and self-care. Her years in social work education have focused on faculty liaison work, integrative seminar, practice based research, ethics, experiential learning, and utilization of case studies in social work education.. . . read more.

Samuel Zalanga

Samuel Zalanga

Adjunct Professor of Social Work | | Started at Bethel: 1999

Zalanga's doctoral fieldwork focused on the comparative role of ruling elite coalitions in development policy formulation and implementation in Malaysia and Nigeria. He specifically studied the process and politics of neoliberal economic reforms and implementation. Zalanga grew up in the northeastern region of Nigeria and brings an international and interdisciplinary perspective to the department.

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