Our Faculty

Craig Paulson

Program Director

Education: B.A., Muskingum College; M.A., University of Minnesota; Ed.S., University of Minnesota, Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, University of Minnesota

Experience: Paulson has been the program director of the Bethel University Doctor of Education and licensing program in Educational Leadership since 2006. He is the former principal of Cambridge Isanti High School and Cambridge Middle School, which was named a National School of Excellence. Before his years in Cambridge, he taught economics and law at Coon Rapids High School and Blaine High School.

Paul Blezien

Education: B.A., University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point; M.A., Ball State University; Ed.D. Azusa Pacific University

Experience: Blezien is the vice president for Student Development at Crown College in Minnesota. He formerly served as senior vice president and interim president at William Jessup University in Rocklin, California and dean of students at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, and also worked as assistant director of Student Services at the University of Wisconsin at Marshfield.

Joni Burgin-Hartshorn

Education: B.A., Luther College; M.S., St. Cloud State University; Ed.D. in Educational Policy and Administration, University of Minnesota

Experience: Burgin-Hartshorn is superintendent of the Grantsburg School District, Wisconsin. She has also been principal, dean of students, and assistant principal at high schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Prior to administration, she taught music and served as choral director in 2 high schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin for 10 years.

Alex Chan

Education: B.A., Hong Kong Baptist University; M.A., University of Minnesota; Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota

Experience: Chan currently works as a senior lecturer at Shue Yan University in Hong Kong. He formerly served as an evaluation and testing specialist for Minneapolis Public Schools and educational researcher at Hong Kong Council of Early Childhood Education.

Carla Dahl

Education: B.A., Bethel College; M.A., St. Thomas University; Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Experience: Dahl is the assistant director of the Bethel University Doctor of Education and licensing program and professor of formation. She was previously a professor at Luther Seminary in congregational and community care leadership and professor, dean, and program director at Bethel Seminary. A focus of her research surrounds relational formation of helping professionals.

Wayne Detzler

Education: B.A., Wheaton College; M.A., Wheaton Graduate School; Ph.D., Manchester University (England); Post-doctoral research fellow, Yale Divinity School

Experience: Detzler has been a full-time faculty member for inter-cultural studies and cross-cultural studies at universities such as Trinity International University (Illinois) and Trinity College (Bristol, England). Most recently he served as dean at Yunnan Study Center, Fangcheng Church, China, and as adjunct professor of history at Sacred Heart University.

Lori Fildes

Education: B.A., St. Cloud State University; M.A., St. Cloud State University; Specialist, St. Cloud State University

Experience: Fildes has served as the director of special services for the Wayzata Public School District since 2000. Previously, she was a special education teacher and the director of special education with the Buffalo School District.

Joel Fredrickson

Education: B.A., Bethel University; M.A. and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota

Experience: Frederickson is chair of the undergraduate psychology department at Bethel, as well as assistant dean of institutional assessment, involving him particularly in studying growth in undergraduate students' critical thinking.

John Greupner

Education: B.A., Gustavus Adolphus; M.A., University of Minnesota; Ed.S., University of Minnesota; Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Experience: Greupner is the associate director of the Bethel University Doctor of Educational Leadership and licensing program. He started his career in education in 1970 as a science teacher in the Hopkins Public Schools. He was associate principal and then principal in Wayzata Public Schools, where he served for 24 years. Greupner also served as assessment and evaluation director for Wayzata Schools.

Erica Hering

Education: B.S., California Polytechnic State University; M.A., University of California, Santa Cruz; Ed.D., Bethel University

Experience: Hering currently serves as an enrollment counselor and program coordinator for the doctoral and licensing program in educational leadership at Bethel. Prior to coming to Bethel, she taught school in California and Minnesota, served as a school improvement coordinator, and was as an English language development teacher leader. She also served recently as president of the Twin Cities Adult Education Alliance. 

Lori Jass

Education: B.A., Bethel College; M.A., Bethel College; Ed.D. St. Thomas University

Experience: Jass is the associate vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the Adult Degree Program at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon. She was formerly the Bethel University Academic Dean of the College of Adult & Professional Studies and Graduate School (CAPS/GS) as well as Registrar for Bethel University College of Arts & Sciences and CAPS/GS.

Don Johnson

Education: B.A., Trinity College; M.A., DePaul University; Ed.D., University of Minnesota

Experience: Johnson is the principal of Stillwater High School. He previously served as the interim executive director and president of the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals. He also worked as a school administrator in Dover-Eyota Secondary School, Dakar Academy (Senegal, West Africa), and Chisago Lakes High School.

Michelle Langenfeld

Education: B.A., St. Cloud State University; M.Ed. Children and Families; Ed.D. Educational Policy and Administration, University of Minnesota

Experience: Langenfeld is the superintendent of the Green Bay School District in Wisconsin. She was the former associate superintendent of Anoka Hennepin School District. She formerly was principal at Coon Rapids Middle School, recognized for significantly closing the achievement gap. Langenfeld earlier served as assistant principal and head principal at other schools in the district after teaching middle and high school in Minneapolis, Osseo, Rosemount, and Apple Valley schools.

Mike Lindstrom

Education: B.S., Winona State University; M.S. in Industrial Education, Winona State University; Ed.D., University of Minnesota

Experience: Lindstrom most recently served at the executive director of SciMath Minnesota. He previously taught industrial technology at the middle, high school, and university levels for 18 years and mathematics at the middle school level for 5 years. He has also worked as a technology education consultant, instructional and assessment facilitator, and secondary mathematics specialist for Anoka-Hennepin schools.

Bruce Locklear

Education: B.A., St. Andrews Presbyterian College; M.A., University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; Ed.D., St. Mary’s University; Post-doctoral Harvard University

Experience: Locklear is the principal of Edina High School and previously principal of Delano High School. He was a full-time faculty member at Southwest State University and superintendent of Owatonna Public Schools prior to serving as principal and being selected as Minnesota Principal of the Year in 2010.

Patti Paulson

Education: B.A., Muskingum College; M.A., St. Cloud State University; Ph.D. in Science Education Capella University

Experience: Paulson is the professor of science education at Bethel University. She previously served as instructional facilitator and science curriculum specialist in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. She has also worked as a middle and elementary school teacher and reading specialist in Anoka-Hennepin as well as the adult and basic skills director in the District 911 of Minnesota.

Steve Paulson

Education: B.A., Muskingum College; M.A., Central Michigan University; Ph.D. in Sociology Iowa State University

Experience:  Paulson has served as professor of management at the University of North Florida, a faculty member of the Florence, Italy Study Center, associate professor of sociology and director of graduate studies in sociology at Virginia Tech.

Sandy Pettingell

Education: B.A., Bethel University; M.A., University of Minnesota; Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota

Experience: Pettingell is a research associate in the Nursing Department at the University of Minnesota.

Matt Putz

Education: B.Mus.Ed., University of North Dakota; M.Div., North American Baptist Seminary; Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University.

Experience: Putz is director of teaching and learning technology at Bethel University and teaches the technology course for students within the Bethel University Doctor of Education higher education track.

Tracy Reimer

Education: B.A., Bethel University; M.S. St. Cloud State University; Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Experience: Reimer is the assistant director for program development in the Bethel University doctor of education and licensing program. She formerly served as the principal of Bendix Elementary School in Annandale, Minn., where she also was a teacher and the director of curriculum. Through her leadership, her elementary school (now Annandale Elementary) was selected as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School.

Mark Robertson

Education: B.S., Bethel University; M.Ed., St. Thomas University

Experience: Robertson previously served as superintendent of schools for Fridley Public School District in the Twin Cities area from 2006-10, when he was selected as Minnesota Superintendent of the Year. Over the past 31 years, his experiences working in education have included work as a science teacher, staff developer, activities director, associate principal, and high school principal.

Leon Rodrigues

Education: B.A., University of the Western Cape, South Africa; M.A., University of Minnesota; Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Experience: Rodrigues is the special assistant to the Bethel University president and chief diversity officer.

Matt Saferite

Education: B.A., John Brown University; M.A., University of Arkansas; Ed.D. Bethel University

Experience: Saferite is principal of Ramay Junior High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas that was awarded the 2011 national Breakthrough School by NASSP. He was also selected as Principal of the year by the Arkansas Association of Secondary School Principals.

Chuck Sambs

Education: B.S., University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point; M.A., University of Northern Colorado; Ed.D. in Educational Administration, University of Northern Colorado

Experience: Sambs served as director of curriculum and instruction in the Winona, Minn., school district and the Hudson, Wis., school district. Previously, he was principal and superintendent in the LaCrescent, Minn., school district. He was the high school principal in Idaho Springs, Colo., and began his career as a teacher in Wisconsin and Colorado.

Larry Selin

Education: B.A., University of Minnesota - Duluth; M.A., University of Minnesota - Duluth; Ph.D. in Education Evaluation and Research, University of Minnesota

Experience: Selin is the principal consultant of Learning Management Group LLC in St. Paul. He formerly was the academic dean of Hennepin Technical College, assistant vice president for planning and institutional research for Walden University, and director of system research for Minnesota State University system.

Stacie Stanley

Education: B.S., College of St. Catherine; M.A., College of St. Catherine; Ed.D., Bethel University

Experience: Stanley is the principal of Central Park Elementary School in Roseville, Minnesota. She has a passion for creating a positive school climate by affirming individuals and using assessment data to focus the efforts of school personnel.

Barry Sullivan

Education: B.A., St. Cloud State University; M.A., University of North Dakota; Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Experience: Sullivan served for more than 25 years with the Office of Government Relations in the Minnesota Department of Education, where he coordinated the development of state education policy recommendations to the legislature, interpreted state and federal education regulations, and acted as a liaison between the department and other federal and state agencies.

Mary Whitman

Education: B.A. and M.S., University of Minnesota; D.B.A., University of Sarasota (now Argosy)

Experience: Whitman serves as the research specialist in Bethel University's Ed.D. program, and was previously director for the MBA program at Bethel. She has extensive experience in the development of adult education programs, serving as a program director of a graduate program at another university and consulting with several online universities. Whitman has more than 20 years experience in management positions in business, government, and the nonprofit sector.

Adam Wyse

Education: B.A., St. John Fisher College; M.S., Rochester Institute of Technology; Ph.D. in Measurement and Statistics, Michigan State University

Experience: Wyse is the lead psychometrician for alternative assessments for the Michigan Department of Education. His areas of research specialization include standard setting, equating, item response theory, growth models, and the assessment of students with disabilities.

Annette Ziegler

Education: M.S., California State University; M.Ed., University of LaVerne (California); Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Bethel University.

Experience: Ziegler is the principal of Coon Rapids High School and was the former principal of Coon Rapids Middle School. She served as assistant principal at Sandburg Middle School and Anoka High School following her tenure as dean of students in Kern Unified School District in California.