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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

Diane Dahl

Dean, Health, Medical, and Social Sciences and Chief Nursing Administrator | diane-dahl@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Curriculum development; Program assessment; Accreditation; Students with disabilities in healthcare education programs; Online education

Linda Anderson

Department Chair, Professor of Nursing and Program Director | l-anderson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1990

Public health nursing, pediatrics, evidence-based practice, and health assessment. Special interest in preceptor development for public health nurses including school and faith community nurses.

Brian Beecken

Department Chair and Professor of Physics and Engineering | beebri@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Dr. Beecken received his M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Minnesota and then spent 2 years on the engineering technical staff at Texas Instruments. One of his research interests is modeling the charging of dielectrics on spacecraft, and he has collaborated with both NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the Air Force Research Lab in Boston and Albuquerque. Other research interests are optical detectors, including work on infrared detector limitations at Arnold Engineeri. . . read more.

Susan Brooks

Department Chair and Professor of English | susan-brooks@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Teacher conceptions of literature and how they are manifested in the classroom; Preservice teachers' understanding of literary theory; Student engagement

Nancy Brule

Department Chair and Professor of Communication Studies | n-brule@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2004

Brule's research interests include family communication, adolescent/parent communication, high-risk adolescents, conflict, and abusive relationships.

Seann Dikkers

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Education | seann-dikkers@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Seann Dikkers formerly served 14 years as a middle school history teacher, high school principal, and education consultant. Dikkers' work focuses on the integration of new media technologies for formal and informal educational settings. His books, "Real-Time Research," "Mobile Media Learning," and "TeacherCraft: How Teachers use Minecraft in the Classroom" (ETC Press) are helping educational innovators to integrate technology into classroom learning. Past project work includes CivWorld, the. . . read more.

Neal Dutton

Athletic Training Program Director and Associate Professor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science and Department Chair | dutnea@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1980

Athletic Training, Nutrition, and Wellbeing

Victor Ezigbo

Department Chair and Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies | v-ezigbo@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Systematic theology and contextual theology, with special interest in non-Western Christian theologies, particularly Christologies

Joel Frederickson

Department Chair and Professor of Psychology | frejoe@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1996

Frederickson’s research interests include the psychological impact of apologies and how students change over four years from participating in college. This includes changes in cognition, beliefs, and spirituality.

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.

Rollin King

Department Chair and Professor of Chemistry | rking@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

King’s research is in the area of computational quantum chemistry, which is the application of quantum mechanics using the tools of modern computing to solve problems in chemistry. He is a primary software developer of the PSI4 quantum chemistry package, collaborating with scientists around the world. King’s current research focuses on modeling of polymers in organic photovoltaic cells, the chiro-optical properties of molecules in solution, the generation of machine-readable output for . . . read more.

AnneMarie Kooistra

Department Chair and Professor of History | a-kooistra@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Kooistra's research involves the study of prostitution in Los Angeles from 1880 to 1940. She examines the process by which a handful of men began a systematic domination of the business and the ways in which the prostitution racket drew people of various racial and ethnic backgrounds together.

Marion Larson

Department Chair and Professor of English | 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. Recently she has published articles in areas related to interfaith dialogue and faculty development, and hospitality as a metaphor for teaching. She received the Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching in 2001.

Donna LeGrand

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Spanish Education and Director, Spain Term | legdon@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

LeGrand developed and directs Bethel's Spain Term and oversees the World Languages and Cultures education program at Bethel. Her interests include teaching all levels of Spanish, teaching about and applying theories of second language acquisition, and researching 16th and 17th century literature from Spain and Latin America. LeGrand is on the board of the Minnesota Council of Teaching Languages and Cultures and has been president of the Minnesota chapter of the Association of Teachers of S. . . read more.

Joyce LeMay

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Business | j-lemay@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Twin Cities Human Resource Association (TCHRA). Professional activities include consulting top-level management on improvements to work environments based on effective human resource and business strategies with a focus on ethics and organizational culture.

Seth Paradis

Program Director and Professor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science and Department Chair | s-paradis@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Paradis has extensive consulting and research experience within injury prevention and the development of neuromuscular facilitation. He is starting to examine the body’s endocrine response to daily stress and how it relates to chronic disease and the dimensions of wellness.

Kenneth Petersen

Professor of Biological Sciences and Department Chair | k-petersen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Petersen’s research interests include responses of wildlife populations and communities to habitat alterations.

Jeffrey Port

Professor of Biological Sciences and Department Chair | jport@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

Recent research topics include the use of restored prairies by grassland songbirds, small mammals and insects, and reproductive biology and natural history of Ecuadorian cloudforest songbirds. Dr. Port also is a federally licensed master bird bander and operates a MAPS (www.birdpop.org/pages/maps.php) station in cooperation with Anoka County in the Rum River Central Park during the summer months.

Wayne Roosa

Department Chair and University Professor of Art | rooway@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1983

Art history

Harley Schreck

Department Chair and Professor of Anthropology | h-schreck@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Schreck is an anthropologist who previously worked with World Vision, an international Christian aid and development agency. He teaches courses in Amsterdam and India and often involves students in his research in Northeast Minneapolis, which looks at urban change and social capital. He is also co-director of the Masters of Arts in Gerontology program at Bethel.

Eydie Shypulski

Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Social Work | eydie-shypulski@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Social work policy

Fred Van Geest

Professor of Political Science and Department Chair | f-van-geest@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Intersection of Christianity and politics; teaching interests in comparative politics, public administration, and religion and politics

Jonathan Veenker

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Music | j-veenker@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Veenker teaches composition, music theory, and orchestration courses. He is a frequently commissioned composer and arranger writing primarily for choir, wind ensemble, orchestra, and solo voice.

Dan Yim

Department Chair and Professor of Philosophy | dyim@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Dr. Yim has interests in early modern philosophy, the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, the philosophy of popular culture, and the epistemology of self-deception.

Meg Zauner

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts | mzauner@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Directing, Shakespeare, musical theatre, theatre history, dance, and children's theatre.


Brent Adams

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts | brent-adams@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1999

Acting, drama ministry, development of original works, directing, and playwriting.

Leigh Anne Adams

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts | l-adams@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Acting, Directing, New Script Development and teaching acting for the BUILD Program

Kimberly Allmann

Private Lesson Instructor in French Horn | k-allmann@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1995

Kimberly Allmann is a horn performer and instructor in the Twin Cities, MN. She teaches horn because of a passion for connecting with horn players and helping them improve, whatever their starting skill level. Through her decades of teaching horn, Kimberly has relied on teaching with encouragement and humor, rather than through intimidation and fear. Kimberly was principal horn of the Rochester Orchestra from 2002-2010, and now performs as a freelance hornist throughout the area.. . . read more.

Phyllis Alsdurf

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

Beth Anderson

Assistant Professor of Nursing | beth-anderson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016


Bryan Anderson

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences | andbry@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1991

Anderson’s research interests include water remediation, fossil excavation, forest and management.

Trudi Anderson

Private Lesson Instructor in Flute | tja59526@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Anderson is an active freelance flutist in the Twin Cities and has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minneapolis Civic Orchestra, the St. Cloud Symphony, and the Orquesta Filarmonica de Merida (Venezuela).

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.

Linda Bahr

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education | lbahr@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education

Thomas Becknell

Professor of English | t-becknell@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1983

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.

Jim Beilby

Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies | james-beilby@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

Systematic and philosophical theology, apologetics, and ethics

Lisa Bekemeyer

Adjunct Instructor of World Languages and Cultures | ldb86486@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Adjunct Instructor World Languages and Cultures

Robin Bell

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology and Reconciliation Studies | rrb46739@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1996

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology and Reconciliation Studies

Loren Bergstedt

Adjunct Instructor of Psychology | ldb62325@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: Adjunct Instructor of Psychology

Mauvalyn Bowen

Associate Professor for Business | mmb86499@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Dr. Bowen has done extensive work in Jamaica and the Caribbean, as an administrator, consultant, and faculty. Her research interests lie in the areas of social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial training, and small business management for micro and small entrepreneurs in developing countries. She currently serves as a member on the local board of HOPE International. She co-authored the textbook ‘Entrepreneurship for Caribbean Students.’

Andrew Bramsen

Assistant Professor of Political Science | a-bramsen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Comparative politics, political theory, African politics and Islam

Tim Bredow

Professor of Nursing | bretim@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Family nurse practitioner at North Metro Pediatrics; co-editor of "Middle Range Theories: Application to Nursing Research"; interests in nursing as male profession and a Christian worldview of nursing

Tanden Brekke

Adjunct Instructor of General Studies | t-brekke@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Assistant Director of Community Engagement and Adjunct Instructor in General Studies

Heather Bren

Associate Professor of Art and Design | hbren@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Ms. Bren received a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from University of Northwestern – St. Paul, and a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics (the terminal degree in her field) from the University of Kansas. Ms. Bren is currently an Associate Professor of Art & Design at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul; she previously taught at Bethel as an adjunct instructor. In addition to her academic position, she is also a faculty mentor in ceramics for the Minnesota New Institute for Ceram. . . read more.

Debbie Britt

Adjunct Instructor of Nursing | deborah-britt@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

My work experience and passion is in neonatal intensive care and pediatric nursing. I love working with babies, children, and families and consider it a privilege to be part of their care team. During my time at Bethel, I've enjoyed leading pediatric clinicals and pediatric simulation, and coordinating for pediatric homecare experiences.

Susie Brooks

Adjunct Associate Professor of Business and Economics | sabrooks@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Adjunct Associate Professor of Business and Economics

Scott Brown

Professor of Mathematics Education and 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.

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.

Jeff Brueske

Private Lesson Instructor in Jazz Bass | jefjbrue@hotmail.com | Started at Bethel: 2003

Jeff Brueske has distinguished himself as a bassist for over two decades performing with Wessel Anderson, Grammy-winner Ted Nash, Ron Miles, Marcus Printup, Tim Armacost and a host of Twin Cities jazz luminaries.

Justin Buol

Adjunct Instructor of Biblical and Theological Studies | buojus@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

New Testament and Early Christianity, with a special interest in early Christian Martyrdom

Christina Busman Jost

Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies | cbusman@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Systematic theology

Anna Butler

Adjunct Instructor of World Languages and Cultures | butann@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Languages: Spanish

Justin Byers

Associate Professor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science, Director of Athletic Training Services, Athletic Trainer and Associate Professor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science | jbyers@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2004

Byers received an alumni faculty grant to equip the motor learning laboratory space and to study the effects of dehydration on cognitive performance vs. subjective concussion measures. He is also interested in the differential diagnoses of shoulder injuries, specifically the misdiagnosis of acromioclavicular sprains with radiographic evaluation in hockey players.

Jessica Cabak

Adjunct Instructor of Mathematics and Computer Science | cabjes@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Adjunct Instructor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Becky Carlson

Adjunct Instructor and Elementary Teaching Intern Placement Coordinator | becky-carlson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Becky Carlson formerly served ten years as a fourth and fifth grade elementary teacher, thirteen years at Bethel University serving as a supervisor for student teachers and practicum experiences. Carlson's work focuses on placing student teachers and practicum students in elementary schools and working with local Twin Cities school districts. Her current partnerships focuses on research on induction support for new teachers.

Angela Carlson-Lombardi

Associate Professor of Spanish | amc47277@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Dr. Carlson-Lombardi received a B.A. in Spanish and Studio Art (double major) from Bethel University, an M.A. in Hispanic Literature from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. (also in Hispanic Literature) from the University of Minnesota, where she has been employed since 2002 as Supervisor of Spanish 1003 in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. She is also the Faculty Assistant of College in the Schools for the University of Minnesota. With a grant from the Mellon Foundation. . . read more.

Christopher Carroll

Assistant Professor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science | carchrk@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

Carroll's area of expertise includes exercise science and sports performance. Chris' passion resides in evaluating how the body responds to physical stress in an exercise, and more specifically, an athletic environment. Most of his previous and current research revolves around the rate of force production in both aerobic and anaerobic settings. Additionally, he investigated repeat sprint and power ability and the considerations in an anaerobic environment.. . . read more.

Amanda Carter

Associate Professor of Business and Economics | a-carter@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Carter has spent her career in the financial analysis field, working for companies like Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, and most recently, The Clifton Group. She also brings extensive experience in investment banking, consultancy, project management, portfolio management, and much more.

Yu-Li Chang-Zacher

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


David Cheesebrow

Associate Professor of Nursing | d-cheesebrow@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Emergency Nursing both adult and pediatric care. Critical Care nursing. Simulation learning, Health Policy. CAM therapy and Holistic Nursing

James Christenson

Adjunct Instructor of Biological Sciences | chrjam@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Adjunct Instructor of Biological Sciences

Connie Clark

Professor of Nursing | c-clark@bethel | Started at Bethel: 2009

Published research and presentations on professional socialization of nursing students, theory of socialization of clinical nursing faculty, and support needs of immigrant Somali mothers in Minnesota; co-authored article on online orientation; focus on leadership, research, and online learning; C.N.E

Chris Coffey

Adjunct Instructor of Human Kinetics & Applied Health Science | ctc86554@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Adjunct Instructor of Human Kinetics & Applied Health Science

Christian Collins Winn

Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology | ctcollin@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Historical and systematic theology, with special interest in post-reformation and modern theology

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.

Melissa Cordes

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences | m-cordes@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Dr. Cordes is interested in the neural integration of social cues and communication in European starlings as well as the possible rewarding properties of androgens.

Sherryse Corrow

Associate Professor of Psychology | shc62369@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Dr. Corrow received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in child psychology and cognitive neuroscience from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She developed and taught undergraduate courses, both in the classroom and online, in her areas of expertise while completing her degrees. The past few years she has been doing postdoctoral work in neurology/ophthalmology and visual science. . . read more.

Lindsay Craig

Adjunct Instructor of General Studies | lac93288@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Adjunct Instructor of General Studies

David Crittenden

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music and Private Lesson Instructor in Guitar | d-crittenden@bethel.edu

Crittenden is a classical guitarist and composer. He has published work through Amoriello Guitar Publications and Alfred Music Publishing and was a member of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet for ten years.

Gary Crowe

Private Lesson Instructor in Saxophone | gwc57224@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1982

Crowe teaches private saxophone lessons and is an active performer in the Twin Cities area.

Nikki Daniels

Adjunct Professor in Leadership | n-daniels@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1989

Self Analysis, Self Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Team Development

Julie De Haan

Associate Professor of Nursing | jad36622@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

Wide range of nursing experience including PICU, adult medical ICU, outpatient services, private duty, clinic nursing, and telemetry; teaches ECG class

Teresa DeGolier

Professor of Biological Sciences | t-degolier@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1994

DeGolier's research interests include smooth muscle physiology and pharmacology in vitro, peptide regulation of gastrointestinal, uterine, and vascular smooth muscle motility, and the use of herbs in alternative medicine.

Joyce Doan

Professor of Biological Sciences | j-doan@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2004

Dr. Doan’s main research interests are in the area of macrophage activation. Macrophages are multifunctional leukocytes that constitute a major first line of defense against infection. Resting macrophages are phagocytic, but macrophages activated by both intrinsic and extrinsic stimuli acquire a broad range of functions ranging from the release of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, cytokine secretion, upregulated phagocytosis, and the ability to participate in the activation of adapt. . . read more.

Jamie Dolieslager

Associate Professor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Sciences, Athletic Trainer and Associate Professor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Sciences | doljam@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1999

William Doyle

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

Adjunct Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Karen Drake

Professor of Nursing | k-drake@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1992

Simulation, development of cultural competence through study abroad

Michael Dreher

Professor of Communication Studies and Director of Forensics | mdreher@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

In addition to teaching, Dreher is director of the forensics program. His research and publishing have focused on political and religious rhetoric, the rhetoric of mathematics and science, and forensic pedagogy. He is also interested in issues of web accessibility and standards.

Dale Durie

Adjunct Associate Professor | d-durie@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Preaching, missional theology, and spiritual formation.

Amy Dykstra

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences | abd24256@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Dr. Dykstra’s research interests include the ecology and population genetics of native plants in fragmented prairie habitat.

Alex Eaton

Assistant Professor of Chemistry | a-eaton@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

My research focuses on the isolation and identification of bioactive natural products.

Paul Eddy

Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies | eddpau@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Biblical and theological studies, with special interests in life of Jesus research, theology of religions, and theology of covenant relationships

Leone Elliott

Adjunct Professor of Business and Economics | lfe57654@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Adjunct Professor of Business and Economics

Steven Enderlein

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies | endste@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Biblical theology and New Testament, with special interests in Pauline studies and New Testament Greek

Pamela Erwin

Professor of Biblical Studies | perwin@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002


Tim Essenburg

Professor of Economics | esstim@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1989

The redevelopment of central city neighborhoods; publications include "Investing the Church's Social Capital in the Economy of Welfare.”

Tawnya Fiedler

Adjunct Instructor of Business and Economics | taf79388@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Adjunct Instructor of Business and Economics

Paul Floyd

Adjunct Instructor of Business | paul-floyd@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Business plan development, strategic planning and legal, regulatory and compliance.

Chris Frank

Adjunct Instructor of Psychology | christopher-frank@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Clinical counseling, sexuality, spirituality, intercultural sensitivity

Leta Frazier

Professor of Communication Studies | fralet@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1982

Frazier conducts research in the areas of family communication, interpersonal communication, gender communication, and higher education.

Phil Frazier

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Communication Studies | fraphi@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Frazier's research interests include interpersonal communication and family communication, areas in which he also teaches.

Phil Frazier

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Communication Studies | fraphi@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Pamela Friesen

Associate Professor of Nursing | p-friesen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1985

Specialty area of Women's Health; teaching in courses related to cultural diversity/cultural competence; ongoing research in promotion of undergraduate student success; contributing author for the Student TXT column in the Journal of Christian Nursing.

Leah Fulton

Adjunct Instructor of General Studies | lnf33372@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Adjunct Instructor of General Studies

Leo Gabriel

Professor of Business | gableo@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1991

Tax policy, asset accumulation, and financial education for low and moderate-income families. Dissertation research examined savings by Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) recipients in Minnesota. Other research includes studies of minority and women owned businesses, individual development accounts for low-income families, and homeownership programs for low and moderate-income families.

Chris Gehrz

Professor of History | cgehrz@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Gehrz teaches courses on international, European, and military history, including the department's travel course in Europe on the history of World War I. His current research focuses on the history of Bethel University and Pietist models of Christian higher education.

Bethany Gerdin

Assistant Professor of Nursing | andbet@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Current staff R.N. at University of MN Medical Center, Fairview in adult blood and marrow transplant (BMT). Completed Ph.D. in Nursing from University of MN in 2015 with a focus on nursing ethics. Dissertation title is "The Process Used by Family Surrogate Decision Makers to Withdraw Life-Sustaining Treatments in the BMT Population."

Andrew Gess

Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Director of Internships | a-gess@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

Gess conducts research in the areas of organizational and corporate communication, rhetorical theory, media ecology, and the study of social movements.

Kelly Gibas

Assistant Professor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science, Biokinetics | kjg45999@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Health Psychology

Laura Gilbertson

Adjunct Instructor of Biblical and Theological Studies | laura-gilbertson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Systematic theology, contextual theologies, topics connected to justice and reconciliation.

Charles Goldberg

Assistant Professor of History | c-goldberg@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Roman history and digital humanities

Jennifer Good

Adjunct Instructor of Nursing | wiljen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Adjunct Instructor of Nursing

Amy Gorowsky

Laboratory and Safety Coordinator | rohamy@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

I teach the Laboratory Safety Workshop and Science Concepts in Chemistry.

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.

John Gray

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences | jrg94237@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

James Green

Adjunct Instructor of Business and Economics | jgreen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Adjunct Instructor of Business and Economics

Andrew Greenlee

Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy | greand@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy

Thomas Greenlee

Professor of Physics | gretom@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1979

Dr. Greenlee received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the California Institute of Technology. His doctoral dissertation was in experimental atomic spectroscopy applied to the determination of the solar abundance of manganese. Since coming to Bethel, he has had grants from 3M for laser interferometry to measure roughness of surfaces and temperatures of gases. In 1993 and 1994, Dr. Greenlee was awarded a summer research fellowship in temperature measurement by infrared pyrometry at. . . read more.

Michael Gross

Adjunct Instructor of General Studies | mgross@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Adjunct Instructor of General Studies

Andrew Gustafson

Adjunct Associate Professor of Physics | aag99694@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Adjunct Associate Professor of Physics

Kristi Gustafson

Assistant Professor of Nursing | kristina-gustafson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Pediatric inpatient and home-care experience. Current staff RN on the float team at Children's Hospitals and Clinics (St. Paul campus).

Emily Hagen

Private Lesson Instructor in Viola | emh86475@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Hagen teaches private viola lessons and is an active performer in the Twin Cities area.

Amanda Hamilton

Associate Professor of Art | amanda-hamilton@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Painting, time-based media

Alyssa Hamre

Instructor of Physics | akh46956@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Prof. Hamre is passionate about teaching, including focusing on the exploration of new physics teaching methodology and doing some work in physics education research. Prior research focused on space plasma physics with a focus on the energy processes associated with the Northern Lights. She co-leads the Society for Physics Students group and she heads the Women in Physics & Engineering Club for the department.

Chuck Hannema

Associate Professor of Business | charles-hannema@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Commercial and investment banking and capital markets, with 20 years in corporate roles. An area of great interest to him is behavioral finance and the role that impact investing plays in promoting social good.

Angela Hanson

Private Lesson Instructor in Violin | adh68496@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Hanson teaches violin lessons, coaches chamber ensembles, and teaches the violin/viola portion of string methods. She performs frequently around the Twin Cities and is in the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, the Minnesota Sinfonia, and is concertmaster of the Dakota Valley Symphony. In addition to teaching at Bethel, she teaches at the Association Free Lutheran Bible School and at home.

Carol Hargate

Professor of Nursing and Community Engagement Coordinator | c-hargate@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2009

Community engagement, academic and community collaboration/partnerships, intercultural learning, inter-professional education and practice, advance practice nursing, population focused health care, health equity, and health policy.

Jason Harms

Conductor of the Jazz Orchestra | j-harms@bethel.edu

Mary Ann Harris

Associate Professor of Business | m-harris@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Creativity and cognitive processing of marketing messages. Dissertation focus was the impact of storytelling advertisements on memory and emotion.

Julie Hedlund

Associate Professor of Business | julie-hedlund@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Ms. Hedlund brings three decades of marketing industry experience to her appointment. In addition, she brings experience as an adjunct faculty member at Bethel since spring 2016, teaching courses such as Global Marketing, Principles of Marketing, and Sales and Sales Management. Ms. Hedlund has a Bachelor of Science in Business from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Master of Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI. In addition, she has completed a Bus. . . read more.

Jessica Henderson

Associate Professor of Design | jessica-henderson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Graphic Design

Steven Henkel

Professor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science and Professor of Physical Education | s-henkel@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1986

Henkel speaks and writes about creative movement, motor skill development, self-esteem, and developmentally appropriate games for children and youth.

Carrie Henneman Shaw

Adjunct Voice Instructor | cls65472@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Soprano, specialist in 16th- through 18th-century performance practice and 20th- and 21st-century Western contemporary music.

Juan Hernandez

Professor of Biblical Studies | j-hernandez@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

New Testament and early Christianity, with a special interest in New Testament Textual Criticism, especially the text of the Apocalypse and its reception history

Brent Hoernemann

Laboratory and Safety Coordinator | brent-hoernemann@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1999

Hoernemann supervises teaching assistants, oversees greenhouse and animal facilities, maintains equipment, and supplies materials for the department.

Julie Hogan

Assistant Professor of Physics | juh82678@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Dr. Hogan is fascinated by fundamental particles, high energy phenomena, and the mysteries they can answer about the universe. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from Rice University. Since 2015, she has done postdoctoral research as a member of the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment, situated on the Large Hadron Collider at Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN), or the European Council for Nuclear Research. Her primary interests are searching for new physics in jet-ri. . . read more.

Ann Holland

Professor of Nursing | ann-holland@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Education and leadership roles in adult critical care; leadership in associate-degree nursing education; cultural nursing education; adult medical/surgical nursing in undergraduate education; use of simulation in nursing education; nursing education research; leadership in local chapter of STTI, the honor society of nursing

Brian Holland

Associate Professor of Business | holbri@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1984

Healthcare finance, working capital issues, and consulting with small businesses.

Michael Holmes

University Professor of Biblical Studies and Early Christianity Emeritus | holmic@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1982

New Testament and early Christianity, with special interests in New Testament textual criticism and the apostolic fathers

Ketty Holt

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Nursing | holket@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2004

Adult med-surg, intensive care, staff development, patient education and cardiac rehab. Completing PhD with dissertation focus on affective learning through simulation

Sandi Horn

Associate Professor of Education | sandi-horn@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Horn’s research interests include charter school development, experiential learning for teacher education candidates, and integration of social studies concepts into elementary curriculum. Her teaching specialties include introduction to education and elementary social studies methods.

Joey Horstman

Associate Professor of English | joey-horstman@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Horstman's professional interests in English include contemporary/postmodern literature.

Bonnie Houck

Associate Professor of Education (Literacy) | bhouck@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Bonnie Houck served with students for over twenty years an educator. She has taught pre-kindergarten through postgraduate education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, serving as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, and district literacy coordinator. Bonnie also served as the Minnesota Department of Education’s reading specialist for over five years. Since 2003, Bonnie’s passion for literacy education led to experiences as the State Reading Specialist for . . . read more.

Chad Hoyt

Associate Professor of Physics | hoycha@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Dr. Hoyt received his Ph.D. with distinction in optical science from the University of New Mexico in 2003. His dissertation comprised some of the first observations of laser cooling in solids, for which he was awarded a $10,000 prize by the Optical Society of America and New Focus, Inc. He earned an award for outstanding laboratory mentorship of undergraduates in PURSUE, a NASA-funded program that encourages under-represented people in science. After completing his Ph.D., Chad won a post-d. . . read more.

James Hurd

Professor of Anthropology Emeritus | hurd@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1982

Cross-cultural Christianity, Amish and Mennonite culture, sociobiology, Latin America, demography, physical anthropology, concepts of community.

Brian Hyatt

Professor of Biological Sciences | b-hyatt@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Hyatt’s research interests include developmental genetics of early lung development.

Leah Jackson

Assistant Professor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science | leah-jackson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Physical Therapy

Jeff Jacob

Professor of Economics | j-jacob@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Economic development and trade, applied econometrics, social networks, and economics of religion. Current working papers include "Institutions, Trade and Geography: A Panel Data Study" and "Religious Values and Beliefs and Economic Development in the Nation State."

Marque Jensen

Adjunct Instructor of Sociology and Reconciliation Studies | mmj27728@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: Adjunct Instructor of Sociology and Reconciliation Studies

Adjunct Instructor of Sociology and Reconciliation Studies

Jeffrey Johnson

Adjunct Instructor of Business and Economics | jaj45765@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Adjunct Instructor of Business and Economics

Adam Johnson

Professor of Psychology | adam-johnson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Johnson focuses his research on neural and computational components of memory, imagination, and decision-making. He builds human and animal behavior models to understand how the brain uses information from memory to make a choice.

Andy Johnson

Associate Professor of Psychology | ajohnson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1995

Dr. Andy Johnson’s research interests include religion and gender violence. He edited the volume "Religion and Men’s Violence Against Women."

Gregg Johnson

Professor of Biological Sciences Emeritus | g-johnson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1975

Johnson’s research interests include genetic toxicology, sister chromatid exchange, and behavioral responses in animals to hormonal and chemical stimuli.

Herbert Johnson

Professor of Music | herbert-johnson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Johnson teaches piano, piano theory, and piano pedagogy. He is an active solo and collaborative pianist in the Twin Cities and participates in numerous musical activities in the metropolitan area including chamber music recitals, worship services, and sacred concerts.

Janet Johnson

Associate Professor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science, Athletic Trainer, Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer, Physical Therapist | jl-johnson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1996

In addition to her teaching role, Johnson also serves as an Athletic Trainer and the Physical Therapist for Bethel's athletic teams.

Kevin Johnson

Adjunct Associate Professor of Business and Economics | klj84696@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Adjunct Associate Professor of Business and Economics

Lucie Johnson

Professor Emerita Psychology | johnluc@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1980

Professor of Psychology Emerita

Ian Johnston

Professor of Biological Sciences | i-johnston@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Johnston’s research interests include microbial landscapes on the surfaces of reef-coral tissues in relation to coral disease, stewardship of coral reefs, and interactions between science and Christian faith.

Teresa Jones

Adjunct Instructor of Nursing | jonter@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Geriatric nursing; Public health and disabled populations; Dementia care; Nursing skill sets

Christina Kaiser

Associate Professor of Business and Economics | c-kaiser@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Leadership development, organizational analysis, conflict resolution, mediation

Mark Kausch

Private Lesson Instructor in Double Bass | mkausch@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1991

Kausch teaches private double bass lessons with research interest in historically-informed performance.

Peggy Kendall

Professor of Communication Studies | p-kendall@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1999

Kendall has focused her research and writing on how technology impacts faith. Her current research explores how use of social media by the church impacts the message of the gospel and the role of church leaders.

Lisa Kepple

Instructor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science and Instructor of Health Education | patlis@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Instructor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science

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.

Robert Kistler

Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences | kisrob@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1986

Herb Klem

Associate Professor Emeritus | hklem@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1980


Katherine Klenk

Adjunct Assistant of Clinical Instruction | kklenk@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Adjunct Assistant of Clinical Instruction

Andre Koen

Adjunct Instructor of Education | ank73572@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

My focus is in multicultural education in K-12 educational setting and in workplace demographics as they apply to EEO challenges and ADA compliance.

Holly Krech Thomas

Associate Professor of Psychology | holly-krechthomas@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Research, Neuropsychology

Mitchell Krumm

Assistant Professor of Political Science | mik69385@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

The nature of groups and self-determination

Melissa Kucharski

Adjunct Instructor of General Studies | kucmel@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Adjunct Instructor of General Studies

Wyatt Kyle

Adjunct Instructor of Art | kaw58587@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Adjunct Instructor of Art

Debra Lamb

Assistant Professor of Nursing | del34899@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Nursing Simulation

Steven Lancaster

Associate Professor of Psychology | steven-lancaster@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Dr. Lancaster conducts research focused on stressful/traumatic events and how people cope with these types of experiences. Specifically, he looks at how aspects of finding meaning in life, identity, religious functioning, and trying to make sense of the event may impact the post-event coping process.

Amy Lary White

Professor of Social Work | amy-white@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Amy Lary White has extensive experience and expertise in childhood trauma; homelessness and housing policy; mental health; adoption; and children with special needs. Her 13 years in social work education have been focused on Introduction to Social Work, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Social Welfare Policy, community practice and faculty liaison work.

John Lawyer

Professor of Political Science Emeritus | lawjoh@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1976

Research interests in Celtic studies, international relations, foreign policy, European politics and globalization

Erik Leafblad

Instructor of Missional Ministries | ecl59862@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Missional Ministries

Bernon Lee

Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament | b-lee@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

The Hebrew Bible and its reception, with special interests in biblical law, nineteenth-century interpretation and postcolonial hermeneutics

James Lewis

Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies | j-lewis@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Asian religions and culture; missions and world Christianity; religious freedom and law

Jason Li

Professor of Psychology | j-li@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1986

Li focuses his research on cross-cultural and multi-cultural competence in counseling. He also has a passion for exploring the integration of psychological and Christian perspectives in counseling.

Gregg Lindberg

Adjunct Instructor of Business | lingrem@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Human Resource Management, Business Administration, Organizational Development, Leadership, Technology, and Public Administration.

Mary Lindell

Adjunct Associate Professor of Education | mlindell@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

I am interested in practices and interventions that support student success in inclusive environments. I enjoy facilitating general and special education teacher development and partnering with schools to better prepare teachers and serve (P-12) students well.

Nathan Lindquist

Associate Professor of Physics | n-lindquist@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Dr. Lindquist received his M.S. in Physics and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He also worked for several years developing optical biosensors at Medtronic, Inc. During graduate school and his time at Bethel, Dr. Lindquist has published or presented more than 70 papers as author or co-author, including in the prestigious journals Science, Nature Communications, and Nano Letters. His work has more than 1000 total citations and has been featured as several c. . . read more.

Gary Long

Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies | glong@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

Old Testament studies, with a special interest in Hebrew language studies

Jonathan Lundberg

Adjunct Instructor of Sociology and Reconciliation Studies | jdl97387@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Adjunct Instructor of Sociology and Reconciliation Studies

Lisa Mackeben

Adjunct Instructor of Nursing | lim98975@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Adjunct Instructor of Nursing

Trey Maddox

Associate Professor of Chemistry | m-maddox@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Maddox's research focuses on two classical areas of organic chemistry, synthesis and natural product isolation. His main project focuses on the synthesis of modified DNA and RNA nucleosides. These modified nucleosides can be used to study template directed polymerization, the core mechanism in DNA replication, transcription, and translation. His newest project is developing protocols for the isolation and identification of biologically active compounds in different herbal remedies that have. . . read more.

Diana Magnuson

Professor of History | d-magnuson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1994

Magnuson’s primary fields are the United States Census of Population and the history of women in America. She’s also the Director of the History Center, Archives of Bethel University and Converge Worldwide.

Ashley Mahoney

Associate Department Chair and Professor of Chemistry | amahoney@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

Mahoney's research is in chemical education, both curriculum development and scholarship of teaching and learning projects. Mahoney is active with the POGIL (process-oriented guided inquiry learning) Project and has co-authored a collection of POGIL activities for the GOB (allied health) classroom available through Wiley. She has also assembled a national consortium of faculty to write inquiry laboratories for introductory courses. Her research projects focus on incorporating various learni. . . read more.

Gina Maltese-Preciado

Adjunct Instructor of World Languages and Cultures | gim74778@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Languages: Spanish

Jill Martin

Associate Professor of Education | jmartin@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1996

Martin’s scholarly interests include content area literacy, reflective teaching, and teacher’s use of metacognation. Her teaching specialties include secondary social studies, middle level philosophy and pedagogy, and educational psychology.

Claudia May

Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies | clm24736@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Jacob Mazurek

Adjunct Instructor of Biological Sciences | jsm29436@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Adjunct Instructor of Biological Sciences

Karen McKinney

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies | mckkar@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1996

Youth ministries and biblical theology, with a special interest in experiential education, anti-racism, and diversity.

William McVaugh

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences | w-mcvaugh@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Neuroscience, Neurophysiology, Electrophysiology, Neuropharmacology, Human/Clinical Anatomy, Physiology, Pathophysiology. Dr. McVaugh's research interest is in neurodevelopment, specifically regulation of neural tube closure and neural tube defects. His specific focus is in the role and regulation of T-type calcium channels in neural tube closure.

Dmitri Medvedovski

Associate Professor of Economics | dmedved@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Family economics and personal finance. Current working paper is "Determinants of Father-Child Time Allocation.”

Kim Meyer

Associate Professor of Nursing | k-meyer@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Dr. Meyer has been teaching since 1989 in nursing theory, fundamentals of nursing, ethics, psychiatric mental health nursing in the undergraduate program; theory and nurse educator courses in the graduate program and psychopathology in the marriage and family therapy program at Bethel Seminary. Areas of specific interest include: theory, ethics, mental health and mental illness in society and the church, women's issues, and innovations in nursing education.. . . read more.

Jay Milbrandt

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Business and Economics | miljay@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Intellectual property law and global justice. Authored "Go and Do: Daring to Change the World One Story at a Time" and "The Daring Heart of David Livingstone"

Zachary Miller

Private Lesson Instructor in Jazz Percussion

Brianna Millett

Adjunct Instructor of Biblical and Theological Studies | bcm95587@gmail.com | Started at Bethel: 2016

Adjunct Instructor of Biblical and Theological Studies

Bernita Missal

Professor of Nursing | b-missal@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Cultural diversity, Cross-cultural childbearing and child-rearing families, Evidence-based practice, obstetrics, mentoring students for international experiences, cross-cultural research, research especially qualitative.

Christopher Moore

Assistant Professor of Political Science | c-moore@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Interstate violence including terrorism, insurgency, coups d'état, and weapons of mass destruction; teaching interests in international relations, foreign policy, and political psychology

Breanna Mueller

Adjunct Instructor of Education | brm22425@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Adjunct Instructor of Education

Dave Muhovich

Associate Professor of Nursing | d-muhovich@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1995

Dissertation research on models in advocacy nursing, to give voice to African nurses in the Twin Cities, Uganda, and Nigeria; exploring personal and system barriers to the advancement of nursing

Sam Mulberry

Assistant Professor of History and Co-Director of the Academic Enrichment and Support Center | s-mulberry@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Much of Mulberry’s original work centers on media production for both the Christianity and Western Culture program and the Academic Enrichment and Support Center. Currently, he’s focusing on academic podcasting and producing online workshops and training sessions for students.

Matthew Neibergall

Assistant Professor of Chemistry | m-neibergall@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Neibergall studies the mechanisms by which oxygenase enzymes activate O2 for insertion into organic compounds during cellular metabolism. The formation of DNA nucleotides from their RNA nucleotide precursors, the conversion of the amino acid phenylalanine to tyrosine and then to the neurotransmitter dopamine, and the production of prostaglandins are biological pathways that require oxygenase enzymes. Currently, his research group is studying nitrobenzene-1,2-dioxygenase, a Rieske non-heme i. . . read more.

Wade Neiwert

Professor of Chemistry and Pre-Medical Advisor | w-neiwert@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2004

Neiwert's research focuses on the study of a unique class of inorganic cluster-like compounds known as polyoxometalates (POMs for short). His recent efforts have focused on using POMs as nanoscale building blocks, where they are connected by organic ligands, resulting in inorganic-organic hybrid materials. Multiple spectroscopic techniques are used to characterize POMs and their resulting polymeric materials, including multi-nuclear NMR (1H, 13C, 31P, 29Si, etc), FT-IR, UV-Vis, and single c. . . read more.

Ruth Nelson

Associate Professor of Psychology and Co-director of the Academic Enrichment and Support Center | rnelson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

Nelson’s research interests include adoption and academic achievement, faith integration with disability studies, academic support services for English Language Learners, and developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Sara Nelson

Adjunct Instructor of Education | smn49478@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: Adjunct Instructor of Education

Adjunct Instructor of Education

Sarah Nervig Steil

Adjunct Instructor | scn88976@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Languages: Spanish

Katherine Nevins

Professor of Psychology | k-nevins@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1981

Nevins focuses her research on college student development, women’s lives and choices, strategies for improving teaching and learning, and conflict resolution.

Kristen Nichols-Besel

Adjunct Instructor of General Studies | kmn39985@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Literacy Education - young adult literature, methods courses for English Education, practicum and student teaching supervision; Writing Center work; College Writing

Mark Norlander

Adjunct Instructor of World Languages and Cultures | mrn26537@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1979

My teaching experience has involved secondary and post-secondary French instruction since 1979. My wife Sharon and I 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.

Laura Nugteren

Adjunct Instructor of Nursing | laura-nugteren@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

Adult critical care and cardiovascular care

Gladys Nyabwari

Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing | gnn67893@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing

Sara Nylin

Assistant Professor of Nursing | s-nylin@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Labor and delivery; high risk OB

Gretchen O'Keefe-Ricci

Adjunct Assistant Professor of American Sign Language | glr55742@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2009

Language: American Sign Language

Andrew Odubote

Assistant Professor of Sociology | b-odubote@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Crime and criminal justice, delinquency, race, sociology of family, quantitative research methods

Cheryl Oie

Adjunct Instructor of Voice and Coordinator of Music Organizations | coie@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Adjunct Instructor of Voice

Bruce Olsen

Associate Professor of Business | bruce-olsen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Business combinations, personal financial planning, and financial accounting. Memberships in American Institute of CPAs, Minnesota Society of CPAs, and Minnesota Council of Accounting Educators.

Richard Olson

Adjunct Instructor of Business and Economics | rwo62666@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Adjunct Instructor of Business and Economics

Bethany Opsata

Associate Professor of Business | b-opsata@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

Staffing, compensation, and employment law. Pursuing a Ph.D. with a specialization in Human Resource Development, University of Minnesota.

Chad Osgood

Adjunct Associate Professor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science and Associate Professor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science, Athletic Trainer | chad-osgood@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Osgood's research interests are upper extremity injuries, instructional technology, concussion management, and integrative medicine.

Christine Osgood

Associate Professor of Wellbeing, Director of Wellbeing | christine-osgood@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998


Tina Park

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music and Private Lesson Instructor in Piano | l-juan@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Tina Juan Park teaches private and group piano lessons at Bethel University as well as maintaining an active private studio. In addition to teaching, Dr. Park is an accomplished performer.

Andrew Parnell

Instructor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science | aj-parnell@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Assistant Football Coach, Instructor

Patricia Paulson

Professor of Science Education | patricia-paulson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1999

Paulson focuses her research on trustworthy practices for learning science, focusing specifically on scientific practices. She has led the GEMS program, coordinates the STEM certification program, teaches Life Science Concepts, Applied STEM Practices, and Science Curriculum and Methods at all levels. Paulson also teaches in the Ed.D. program.

Abbey Payeur

Adjunct Instructor of English and General Studies | abbeypayeur@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

I have a decade of teaching experience in literacy that spans the kindergarten through college age groups. I currently teach reading and writing skills to undergrads in CAS, and to adult students in CAPS programs.

James Pearson

Adjunct Instructor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science | jap86566@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Adjunct Instructor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science

Jolene Pearson

Associate Professor and Director of Early Childhood Services | jolene-pearson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Pearson has focused her research and professional work in pre-service teacher education, professional development for early childhood educators, online education, and infant mental health. Her teaching specialties include premature infants, infant mental health, early childhood special education, and development of early childhood teachers.

Carrie Peffley

Instructor of Philosophy | carrie-peffley@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Peffley is completing a Ph.D. dissertation on 13th century metaphysics at the University of Cambridge. Her area of specialization is in medieval philosophy (Latin and Arabic) and she has written on Neo-Platonism, the Neo-Aristotelian tradition, al-Farabi, Aquinas, and Nominalism. Her interests also include medieval and contemporary ethics, as well as the relationship between philosophy and theology.

Alison Peterson

Adjunct Instructor of Nursing | apeterso@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Adjunct Instructor of Nursing

Beth Peterson

Professor of Nursing | e-peterson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1982

Dr. Peterson's areas of interest include mental health nursing, nursing care of the elderly, gerontology, end of life care, nursing curriculum development and assessment, and the theology of suffering. Her publications and presentations primarily focus on faith and health integration, suffering, and professional boundaries.

Gene D. Peterson

Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities | gene-peterson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Joy Peterson

Adjunct Instructor of Nursing | petjoy@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

Adjunct Instructor of Nursing

Richard Peterson

University Professor of Physics Emeritus | petric@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1980

Dick Peterson received his Ph.D. in physics at Michigan State followed by postdoctoral and several summer VSM positions in optical plasma diagnostics in the Physics Division at Los Alamos. Since coming to Bethel University, he has worked with students in developing new methods for fast interferometric and holographic measurements of all sorts. He has received the American Physical Society's (APS) prize for outstanding research at an undergraduate school and was elected a Fellow of the APS i. . . read more.

Cristina Plaza Ruiz

Adjunct Instructor of World Languages and Cultures | cplazaru@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Spanish for Health Professionals, Latino immigration, immigrant families in transition, mental health of immigrants

Amy Poppinga

Assistant Professor of History | a-poppinga@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Poppinga studies the history of Islamic communities in the United States with her current project asking how growing up in a Western, non-Muslim society has impacted young Muslim-Americans' views on marriage. She's also interested in the history of Islamic societies in the Middle East (particularly after the end of colonialism) and the global history of Muslim women.

Denise Post

Associate Professor of Nursing | dap47532@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Dr. Post comes to us with over 25 years of experience in pediatric nursing, most recently as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Fairview Hospitals – University of Minnesota. She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Minnesota with an emphasis in pediatrics. Her dissertation was entitled “Transition planning with adolescents and young adults that have sickle cell disease.”

Don Postema

Professor of Philosophy Emeritus | d-postema@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1978

Don Postema is active in healthcare ethics in a variety of professional communities. His interests include aesthetics, bioethics, healthcare ethics, 19th-20th century history of philosophy, and film studies.

John Potts

Adjunct Instructor of Biblical and Theological Studies | jwp47774@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Adjunct Instructor of Biblical and Theological Studies

John Potts

Adjunct Instructor of Biblical and Theological Studies | jwp47774@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Adjunct Instructor of Biblical and Theological Studies

John Povolny

Adjunct Instructor in Percussion | jgp72794@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Adjunct Instructor in Percussion

Amanda Primozich

Assistant Professor of Nursing | ajp26997@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Ms. Primozich comes to us with significant experience in critical care, particularly with veterans. She has extensive medical and leadership training with United States Air Force, and continues to serve as a flight nurse in the USAF Reserves. She received a B.A. in Nursing and Spanish from St. Catherine University. She holds an M.A. in Health Care Leadership from Park University and is currently in a Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Capella University, with a focus on care for veterans. . . read more.

Brian Raabe

Adjunct Instructor of Human Kinetics & Applied Health Science | bcr45464@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Adjunct Instructor of Human Kinetics & Applied Health Science

Jay Rasmussen

Professor of Education | rasjay@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

I have now served for 27 years as a teacher educator and I am currently a Professor of Education at Bethel University. My teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate level courses in literacy education and assessment. My administrative responsibilities include serving as a Faculty Development Coordinator at Bethel and as the Program Director for the M.A. Program in Education: K-12. From 1997-2006 I helped develop and oversee four master’s programs and one doctoral program. . . read more.

Paul Reasoner

Professor of Philosophy | reapau@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1984

Reasoner presents and publishes on Confucian sincerity, reincarnation and karma, and forgiveness in Buddhist and Christian rituals. His interests include Asian philosophy, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, and epistemology.

Cindy Reents

Office Coordinator | c-reents@bethel.edu

Rick Rees

Professor of Theatre Arts | reeric@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1980

Technical theatre, stage design, costume design, light design, directing, and children's theatre.

Mark Rhoads

Professor of Music and Professor of Music Education | rhomar@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Rhoads teaches courses in church music, music education, and gen. ed. arts courses. He is a member of the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada and is active in discussions on music and worship, with current research in American hymnody, especially the reform movement in the American Protestant church in the early 19th century. Rhoads is active in church music as director, hymn and tune writer, and worship planner. He also writes and publishes poetry.. . . read more.

Daniel Ritchie

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

Ritchie teaches courses in British literature and specializes in the 18th century. In 2002, he guided Bethel’s efforts to begin a Humanities Program, a team-taught, 4-course introduction to the Western tradition. In 2006, he won Bethel’s Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching. He has edited 2 books on Edmund Burke and has written 2 books of literary criticism, Reconstructing Literature in an Ideological Age and The Fullness of Knowing: Modernity and Postmodernity from Defoe to Gadamer. . . . read more.

Ruben Rivera

Associate Professor of History | ruben-rivera@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Rivera is currently revising his book on Alberto Rembao and pioneer Latin American Protestantism in the early twentieth century for popular audiences, and working on a new book about the cultural captivity of the gospel that will blend history and reader journey-through-exercises.

Karen Rogers

Associate Professor of Engineering | kir53855@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Dr. Rogers received her bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan, and her master’s degree and doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has taught many undergraduate courses in electrical and computer engineering during a 22-year teaching career at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. For one and a half years of that time, she was the Interim Department Head for Electrical & Compute. . . read more.

Ken Rohly

Professor of Chemistry | rohly@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1987

My research is focused on solution, surface, and materials chemistry applied to industrial applications. My major area of interest has been the modification of the surface chemistry of metallic and polymeric biomaterials used for devices implanted in the body. Recent research projects include the development and understanding of ion-exchange materials, physical and chemical adsorption phenomena, the application of biocides in medical device processes, microencapsulation and controlled relea. . . read more.

Heather Ross

Partnerships Coordinator | heather-ross@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Heather's role is to support community partnerships, including the charter schools authorized by Bethel.

Dan Rotach

Faculty Associate | danny-rotach@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

Issues of sexuality, conflict management, relationship dynamics.

Andrew Russell

Adjunct Professor | andrew-russell@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

The Keswick Movement, Religious Practices, the Modern Missionary Movement, the East African Revival, the Christian and Missionary Alliance, John Wesley, Jonathan Edwards

Angela Sabates

Associate Professor of Psychology | a-sabates@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Sabates focuses her research on Christian views of the human condition as they relate to social psychology research, curriculum development in Christian higher education, and Christian perspectives of positive psychology

Jessica Samens

Instructor of Communication Studies and Assistant Director of Forensics | j-samens@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2009

Samens' research interests include disability and communication; teaching public speaking to international students; and gender communication. She is assistant director of the forensics program.

Laura Sanchez Gonzalez

Assistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures | laura-sanchez@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Sánchez 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.

Kristin Sandau

Professor of Nursing | k-sandau@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Over twenty years experience in cardiovascular patient care, maintains clinical expertise as staff RN at United Hospital and teaching ECG classes for Allina Hospitals and Clinics. Research and publications in the areas of health-related quality of life in cardiovascular patients (coronary artery bypass, aortic stenosis, left ventricular assist of devices); staff nurse development and precepting; implementation of practice guidelines; and education on cardiac monitoring for nurses.. . . read more.

Hannah Schendel

Conductor of Bethel Orchestras, Director of String Activities | h-schendel@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Hannah Schendel is a conductor and violinist. Recently she has appeared as Guest Conductor with the Bemidji Symphony (Bemidji, MN), and the Brevard Philharmonic (Brevard, NC), and as a violinist at the National Music Festival (Chestertown, MD). She actively works with community orchestras, youth orchestras, and choirs, and teaches private violin and piano lessons in the Twin Cities. She is particularly interested in approaching music as interconnected with science, math, history, and curren. . . read more.

Lori Schmidt

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry | les42747@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Greta Schutte

Assistant Professor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science, Athletic Trainer and Assistant Professor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science | ges77279@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Andrew Schuttinga

Adjunct Instructor of Psychology | ajs57783@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Adjunct Instructor of Psychology

Jennifer Scott

Adjunct Instructor of Biblical and Theological Studies | jscott@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Personal Spiritual Formation, Bible (historical reading/study and personal application)

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.

Stephen Self

Professor of Music | selste@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1999

Self teaches organ, piano, and music history. He also serves in the West­ern Humanity program. He is active as a solo and collaborative pianist throughout the Twin Cities. Self is an active member of the American Guild of Organists. He is a Fellow of the Guild, the highest certification level offered, and in 2000, he received the S. Lewis Elmer prize for the highest score of all major certification recipients of that year. A published musicologist, he specializes in music of the Medieval a. . . read more.

Sara Shady

Professor of Philosophy, Program Director and Associate Professor of Philosophy | s-shady@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Shady’s interests include the construction of healthy communities and political societies; the role of religion in politics, especially inter-faith dialogue; and early to mid-20th century Continental philosophy.

Angela Shannon

Assistant 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.

Timothy Shaw

Professor of Biological Sciences and Pre-medicine Advisor | t-shaw@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1981

Shaw’s research interests include development of chick nervous system, the brain and feeding behavior, relationships between the structure of the brain and behavior, progress in new clinical treatment options, and the biology of morality.

Kevin Shull

Manager of Music Organizations and Director of the Handbell Ensemble | kevin-shull@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Shull oversees the management of all activity of the music department’s performance ensembles including the planning, organization, and promotion of all music tours, performances on campus, as well as the production of Bethel’s annual Festival of Christmas. He conducts the Bethel Handbell Ensemble and coaches smaller handbell ensembles and soloists.

Judith Slegh

Adjunct Instructor of Biological Sciences | slejud@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Adjunct Instructor of Biological Sciences

Ripley Smith

Professor of Media Communication | r-smith@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Smith has research interests in social networks and socio-cultural adjustment, trust development in partnerships across cultures and organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international crisis intervention processes, and prophetic rhetoric.

Scott Sochay

Associate Professor of Communication Studies | socsco@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1999

Sochay's research and teaching interests include media law, media technology, and Native Americans and the media.

Pam Sohriakoff

Staff Accompanist | psohriak@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Accompanying, vocal coach, private piano lessons

Debra Solomon

Adjunct Instructor of Nursing | soldeb@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Adjunct Instructor of Nursing

Paula Soneral

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences | p-soneral@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Soneral’s research interests include cell motility and the cytoskeleton and regulation of motor proteins in cilia/flagellar assembly.

Michelle Steffenhagen

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology | allmica@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology

Keith Stein

Professor of Physics | k-stein@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

Research interests include student-faculty studies of supersonic flows and shock waves and Dr. Stein currently is the principal investigator on a $143,557 NSF grant for creating interactive videos on these phenomena.

Kenneth Steinbach

Professor of Art | steken@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

Steinbach teaches courses in 3 Dimensional Visual thinking, Sculpture, Senior Seminar, and Creative Practices, and frequently involves students in the research and execution of his own artwork. He is currently working on a research project investigating the activities that support and enrich long term creative viability for visual artists.

Jeffrey Stitt

Adjunct Professor of Business and Economics | jls33348@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016


Angela Stoeckman

Associate Professor of Chemistry | a-stoeckman@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

I am interested in the regulation of fatty acid metabolism. Fatty acids are not only important in the generation of ATP/energy, but they are important signaling molecules and inflammatory mediators. Fatty acids are stored as triacylglycerol (TAG) molecules in a dynamic cellular organelle called the lipid droplet. My research focuses on proteins that coat these lipid droplets in the hepatocyte and act to regulate the entry or exit of TAGs.

Stacey Stoffregen

Associate Professor of Chemistry | s-stoffregen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Stacey’s research interests are in the area of atmospheric organic chemistry, particularly the decomposition pathways of organic pollutants. Two specific categories of organic molecules currently under investigation include 1) hydroxyalkyl hydroperoxides which are formed via alkene ozonolysis reactions and subsequent reaction with water vapor in the troposphere and 2) hydrofluoroolefins which are non-chlorine containing refrigerants possessing many of the desired characteristics of chlor. . . read more.

Gerard Sundberg

Adjunct Professor of Voice | gbs45988@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Sundberg has distinguished himself as a concert artist with his mastery of the bass/baritone repertoire whose opportunities of solo performance have been balanced with his passion for teaching.

Denise Swanson

Adjunct Instructor of Human Kinetics & Applied Health Science | drs39328@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Adjunct Instructor of Human Kinetics & Applied Health Science

Nicholaus Swedlund

Associate Professor of Communication Studies | nis98838@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Mr. Swedlund received a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Biola University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing (the terminal degree in his field) from the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles. Before serving most recently as Assistant Professor of Film Production at Crown College, Mr. Swedlund was a Directing Fellow at the AFI and then for several years a producer and director of development for Silvatar Media. He has written several screenplays and has directed bo. . . read more.

Danny Swensen

Professor of Education | d-swensen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Areas of expertise include mathematics and physics education, education technology, and statistics.

Sarah Tahtinen-Pacheco

Associate Professor of World Languages and Cultures and Associate Professor of TESL | s-tahtinen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

30 years experience in teaching & research in: Teacher Education, Bilingual-Bicultural and World Languages and Cultures Ed.; Pre-K -Adult, Curriculum, Assessment, and Instructional Design, ESL/Bilingual/Foreign Language Program, Development & Evaluation, Faculty Development/Teaching Mentor, and Doctoral/Masters Thesis Advisor

Artie Terry

Associate Professor of Communication Studies | a-terry@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Terry's research interests include screenwriting, film, the history of film, and the films of African American filmmakers.

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.

Lex Thompson

Professor of Art | l-thompson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Photography, Senior Seminar, Professional Practices, Cryptozoology

Steven Thompson

Professor of Music, Professor of Music Education and Director of Instrumental Activities | s-thompson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Thompson teaches courses in instrumental conducting, instrumental pedagogies, private trumpet instruction, and conducts the Bethel Wind Symphony. Thompson maintains an active performing schedule as a trumpeter in the Upper Midwest and the Eastern United States. He is sought after as a clinician and as an adjudicator for numerous con­test events.

Tonya Toutge

Adjunct Instructor of Psychology | touton@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Adjunct Instructor of Psychology

Sandra Traudt

Associate Professor of Social Work | 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.

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.

Emily Urban

Staff Accompanist | e-urban@bethel.edu

Marshall Urban

Private Lesson Instructor in Voice | m-urban@bethel.edu

Jonathan Van Berkom

Professor of Biological Sciences | j-van-berkom@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Ray VanArragon

Professor of Philosophy | rvanarra@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

VanArragon explores the ways Christians ought to deal with religious diversity and disagreement about moral and political issues. His interests also include philosophy of religion, skepticism about religious claims, free will, and moral responsibility.

April Vinding

Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing | 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 lyric essay and creative nonfiction that explores nontraditional forms. Her essays, poetry and creative nonfiction have been published recently in "Ruminate," "Geez," "get born," and "Curator," publications that probe the interplay of faith, community, and the arts.

Ishaa Vintinner

Adjunct Instructor of World Languages and Cultures | isv84686@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Languages: American Sign Language

Geri Von Grey

Instructor of Education | geri-vongrey@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Instructor of Education

Bernard Walker

Adjunct Associate Professor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science | bwalker@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2009

Adjunct Associate Professor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science

Hong Wang

Private Lesson Instructor in Cello | h-wang@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Recognized as an outstanding performing recitalist, soloist, cello teacher and chamber music coach, Wang has performed extensively in concerts, recitals, and presented master classes throughout the United States and abroad. He has inspired audiences with his virtuosic, lyrical and colorful playing.

Laura Wennstrom

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art | lfw647652@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art

Ruslana Westerlund

Adjunct Assistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures | r-westerlund@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Drawing on my identity as a Christ-following Ukrainian immigrant, my passion is to advocate for linguistically and culturally minoritized people, including students in school systems at various levels. I try to live Christ's highest calling to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

Michelle Westmark Wingard

Professor of Art and Gallery Director | m-westmark@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Westmark is the Gallery Director for The Johnson Gallery and The Olson Gallery, Bethel's two on-campus galleries.

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.

Jeff Wetzig

Professor of Art | wetjef@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

Drawing, Printmaking

Steve Whiting

Associate Professor of Business | whiste@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

More than 20 years of management, consulting, and information technology experience. Interested in a biblical framework for technology/engineering and business.

Gloria Wiese

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies | wieglo@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies

Mike Wild

Instructor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science | miw77986@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Athletic Training, Anatomy, Clinical Practice

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.

Brandon Winters

Associate Professor of Chemistry | b-winters@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Dr. Winters' research is currently focused on the chemistry of carbon. Carbon has more known allotropes than any other material with a new one having been discovered as recently as 2015. While many of these allotropes have existed naturally for thousands of years, it was not until 2004 that one particularly fascinating one, graphene, was discovered and characterized. This form of carbon is the first 2D material ever discovered and is made up of a single atomic-thin layer of carbons bonded t. . . read more.

Amy Witt

Associate Professor of Nursing | a-witt@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Medical Surgical nursing, surgical intensive care, trauma, forensic nursing. Currently pursuing Ph.D. in Nursing with dissertation focus on the cultural competence of Baccalaureate nursing students. Currently also practicing as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE-RN). Previously served on the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

Sarah Wolfe

Adjunct Instructor of Education | sew79427@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Adjunct Instructor of Education

Jennifer Wood

Associate Professor of Nursing | jjw57236@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Clinical adult medical/surgical critical care and cardiovascular ICU, and nursing education

Catherine Wright

Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies | c-wright@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

New Testament studies, with special interests in the Gospel of Luke and spiritual formation

Gretchen Wrobel

University Professor of Psychology | g-wrobel@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Wrobel conducts research on curiosity as it affects relationships in adoption, including the adopted person, adoptive parents, and birth parents.

Richard Wyland

Private Lesson Instructor in Clarinet | r-wyland@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1991

Wyland teaches private clarinet lessons and is active as a freelance musician in the Twin Cities area.

Sara Wyse

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences | s-wyse@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

Steven Yackel

Adjunct Instructor of Computer Science | yacste@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Adjunct Instructor of Computer Science

Barb Ylitalo

Nursing Lab Associate | bjy34323@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Carole Young

Dean of Natural and Behavioral Sciences | youcar@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1990

Young focuses her research on the processes of retrieving knowledge from semantic memory. Specifically, she looks at what retrieval strategies people use and how metacognitive factors influence the choice of strategies.

Samuel Zalanga

Professor of Sociology | szalanga@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

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.

De Zhang

Adjunct Assistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures | d-zhang@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Zhang is from China. Her major research and teaching interests include computer-assisted language learning, heritage language education, technology and teacher education, and multicultural education. Zhang has taught beginning and intermediate level Chinese courses at Iowa State University and at Bethel University.

Larry Zimmerman

Private Lesson Instructor in Low Brass | larry-zimmerman@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

Zimmerman is a member of the Grammy award-winning Chestnut Brass Company and principal trombonist in the Duluth-Superior Symphony and the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra. He also presents and performs chamber music concerts with Music Saint Croix, a professional ensemble in Stillwater, MN.

Laura Zukanoff

Adjunct Instructor in World Languages and Cultures | laz92556@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Zukanoff teaches courses in French.

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