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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

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.


Rebekah Bahnson

Adjunct Professor, American Sign Language | rebekah-bahnson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Rebekah has taught American Sign Language for 12 years and loves teaching ASL to students.

Lisa Bekemeyer

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

Adjunct Instructor World Languages and Cultures

Anna Butler

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

Languages: Spanish

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.

Gina Maltese-Preciado

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

Languages: Spanish

Sarah Nervig Steil

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

Languages: Spanish

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.

Gretchen O'Keefe-Ricci

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

Language: American Sign Language

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

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.

Sarah Tahtinen-Pacheco

Associate Professor of World Languages and Cultures | 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

Ishaa Vintinner

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

Languages: American Sign Language

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.

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.

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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