Bethany College welcomes new faculty members

LINDSBORG, KAN., September 5, 2012—Bethany College is proud to welcome new members to its faculty, including three full-time members, Lori Brack, John Mullen, and Gretchen Norland, and five on one-year appointments, Jessica Becker, Courtney Long, Franziska Macur, Denise Peterson, and Guy Vollen. Jill Klaassen also returns on a one-year appointment.

Lori BrackLori Brack serves as assistant professor of English.  She has her master’s in English with writing emphasis from Western Washington University.  She most recently taught English at Northwestern Missouri State University. Brack has published numerous poems, including most recently in “Another Chicago Magazine,” “Superstition Review,” “Mid-American Review,” and “burntdistrict.”
John Mullen

John Mullen serves as associate professor of philosophy. A retired U.S. Naval Reserve Commander, he earned his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and specializes in epistemology and philosophies of religion and science. Mullen comes to Bethany from teaching at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Okla.

Gretchen NorlandGretchen Norland, a Bethany alumna, serves as assistant professor of secondary education. She received her master’s in education from Baker University. Norland has taught in the Smoky Valley schools for 32 years and comes to Bethany from teaching in Lindsborg Middle School. Norland has served a variety of organizations, including this year’s Kansas Teacher of the Year State Selection Committee.
Jessica BeckerJessica Becker serves as assistant professor of physical education earned her master’s in physical education, recreation, and health at Emporia State University. A Bethany alumna, Becker was the president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a national shotput champion, an All-American and Academic All-American, KCAC champion, and Bethany Female Athlete of the Year. She returns to Bethany from teaching at Eastern New Mexico University last year.
Courtney LongCourtney Long serves as visiting professor of music. She earned her Master of Music in theory and composition from Wichita State University and has most recently taught music at a Independent School, a private K-12 school in Wichita.
Franziska Macur serves as visiting associate professor of communications studies. She has her doctorate in communication studies from the University of Bonn, Germany, and taught most recently at Edgewood College in Madison, Wis.
Denise PetersonDenise Peterson, a Bethany alumna, serves as assistant professor of business. She  earned her master’s at Kansas State University. Peterson has previously been an adjunct instructor at Bethany and has worked for CBIZ business services and Mayer Hoffman, McCann, P.C.
Guy VollenGuy Vollen serves as visiting director of band/brass. He earned his Doctor of Music in composition at Florida State University and comes to Bethany from teaching at Wichita State University.
Jill KlaassenJill Klaassen, a Bethany alumna from Marquette, Kan., serves as assistant professor religion. Klaassen taught philosophy last year at Bethany. She earned her Mater of Theological Studies with a concentraion in doctrinal and historical studies from the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu/.

Captions: Lori Brack, John Mullen, Gretchen Norland, Jessica Becker, Courtney Long, Denise Peterson, Guy Vollen, Jill Klaassen

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