Leadership roles in business and other organizations require carefully developed skills.
As part of Bethany College’s Business Department, you will have the opportunity to develop intellectual and practical skills that will serve you well throughout your lifetime and provide a basis for building a successful career.
We believe in active learning. By combining classes, experience, interaction and participation, we help you internalize what you are learning. Our goal is to help you apply your knowledge and skills to business situations and carry these methods and processes into your career.
Bethany’s faculty is committed to your success. Our average student-faculty ratio is 13:1, which allows us time to get to know you and become partners with you in your education.
As a Bethany business student, you will have many opportunities to participate in leadership activities such as:
- Experienced-Based Education
We help you learn and gain crucial experience while you earn credit through internships. You will gain important skills, make professional contacts and add to you resume.
- Business Career Conference
The Business Career Conference is held biennially and gives Bethany students the opportunity to learn from and interact with successful Bethany alumni.
- Distinguished Lectureship Series
The Mauney Lecture Series brings distinguished scholars and business leaders who give their perspectives on current topics through public lectures, classroom presentations, discussions and one-on-one conversations with students.
- Directed Independent Studies
Students have the opportunity to work with faculty to design interesting and practical courses that give students skills and knowledge in particular areas.
- Business Club
An important part of your business studies at Bethany College are the professional and leadership opportunities offered through the Business Club. This group makes annual tours to major business centers and provides presentations to the campus by business professionals.
- Students in Free Enterprise
Practical on-the-job experience is gained through involvement in Students in Free Enterprise.
Business Teaching 6-12
Management with International Management Concentration
Marketing with Emphasis in Network Marketing
Mark Ahlseen has been an Associate Professor of Economics at Bethany College since 2002. During the 1999-2000 school year, he served as visiting Associate Professor of Economics at Bethany College.
Ahlseen’s fields of interest and publication are labor, public finance, and industrial organization. At Bethany College, he teaches classes in economics.
Ahlseen holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from Texas A&M University. His bachelor’s degrees, from Taylor University, are in accounting and economics. In addition, he has earned a C.P.A. Certificate in Illinois.
Robert Carlson is a professor of business at Bethany College. He has been a member of the faculty since 1983 and is the Business Department Chair.
Carlson has been owner and manager of an accounting, tax and consulting business in Lindsborg since 1975. He is a Certified Tax Professional by the National Society of Tax Professionals. He earned his M.B.A and a B.S.B. in business administration and management, both from Emporia State University.
He has done additional study at Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Emporia State University and Augsburg College Mexico Global Study Seminar. Prior to working at Bethany College, he has taught at Emporia State University and Garden City Community College.
Carlson has previous business experience with the U.S. Small Business Administration in Wichita, Kan., Pool and Sinnard C.P.A.s, Gigot Enterprises and Amoco division of Standard Oil.
Carlson is professionally affiliated with, among others, the Midwest Finance Association, McPherson County Economic Development Committee, National Federation of Independent Business and Smoky Valley Development Company.
David Frost is an assistant professor of business at Bethany College. He joined the faculty in 2009, after serving as an adjunct at Bethany for three years. He teaches classes in business management and human relations.
Frost has experience in several areas of business management, including ownership, finance, marketing and human resources. He is also the founder of a non-profit boy’s home.
After completing his bachelor’s degree at Friends University, Frost earned his master’s of science degree in management at Friends in 2004. As an assistant professor of business, Frost hopes to share his experience and education with students while continuing to hone his own skills and knowledge in the field.
Paul Gentine is Associate Professor of business at Bethany College. He has been a member of the Bethany College faculty since 2000 and has been the Business Department Chair and also serves in the Education Department.
At Bethany College, he teaches classes in business policy, marketing and management. Gentine has more than 37 years of experience in marketing, management and operations, including 22 years with the General Motors Corporation.
After receiving a Bachelors Degree in Social Science from Bethany College, Gentine earned a Masters Degree in Education from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kan.
More recently, Gentine has taken Advanced Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and received an Honorary Doctor of Automotive Management from the General Motors University of Automotive Management.
Denise Peterson ’85, CPA, has been an adjunct instructor at Bethany and has worked for CBIZ business services and Mayer Hoffman, McCann, P.C. Peterson received her bachelor’s summa cum laude in business from Bethany and her master’s summa cum laude in accountancy from Kansas State University.