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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

Donna LeGrand

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Spanish Education and Director, Spain Term | legdon@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1999

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.

Faculty

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Becki Beckman

| becki-beckman@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Becki taught in Anoka-Hennepin for 12 years before joining Bethel University.

Anna Butler

Anna Butler

| butann@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Languages: Spanish

Angela Carlson-Lombardi

Angela Carlson-Lombardi

| 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

Gina Maltese-Preciado

| gim74778@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Languages: Spanish

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Sarah Nervig Steil

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

Languages: Spanish

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Mark Norlander

| mrn26537@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1979

Professor Norlander's teaching experience has involved secondary and post-secondary French instruction since 1979. he and his wife, Sharon 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.

Cristina Plaza Ruiz

Cristina Plaza Ruiz

| cplazaru@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

I am a Marriage and Family Therapist and adjunct assistant professor at Bethel University and Bethel Seminary. I am passionate about seeing families thrive and live healthy lives. I focus my clinical practice serving the immigrant and refugee community in the Twin Cities supporting immigrant families in the adjustment process to a new culture and a new environment, processing immigration trauma and loss, and the accompanying life challenges that come with it. My interest in leadership in. . . read more.

Laura Sanchez Gonzalez

Laura Sanchez Gonzalez

| laura-sanchez@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

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

Sarah Tahtinen-Pacheco

| 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

Ishaa Vintinner

| isv84686@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Languages: American Sign Language

Ruslana Westerlund

Ruslana Westerlund

| r-westerlund@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

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

De Zhang

De Zhang

| 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.

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