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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 | eydie-shypulski@bethel.edu | 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.

Faculty

Ebony Adedayo

Ebony Adedayo

Adjunct | ebony-hatch@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2018

Ebony currently works for the City of Minneapolis as the Resiliency in Community After Stress and Trauma Program Manager (ReCAST) within the Division of Race and Equity. As a ReCAST Program Manager, Ebony has implemented community based models to increase the understanding of community trauma, healing and resiliency, and systems change. Prior to her work at the City, she worked with the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability for nearly six years in various capacities, most recently as the Comm. . . read more.

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John Bower

Professor of Social Work Emeritus | j-bower@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1978

Professor of Social Work Emeritus

Laura McLuen

Laura McLuen

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Social Work | mcllau@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2019

Laura is a licensed clinical social worker (LICSW) with a background in mental health, school social work, and Special Education Administration. She has spent the majority of her career in public school settings, serving as a social worker and administrator.

Sandra Traudt

Sandra Traudt

Associate Professor of Social Work and Director of Field Education | s-traudt@bethel.edu | 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 | szalanga@bethel.edu | 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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Nicholas Zeimet

Assistant Professor of Social Work | niz77777@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2021

Assistant Professor of Social Work

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