Before joining the Bethany faculty, Professor Hensel was an instructor at the University of Oregon. He received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin, his master’s degree at Baylor University and his PhD at the University of Oregon. He was awarded the Outstanding Composition Instructor in 2010 and has interests in Beowulf; monster studies and woodworking. He is married and has a son and daughter.
Marlysue Holmquist, professor of education, began teaching at Bethany College in 1995. Holmquist received her bachelor’s from Bethany College and her master’s and doctorate from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.
Holmquist taught in Los Angeles, Calif., Mt. Vernon, Ky. and Marquette, Kan. before beginning as an adjunct instructor at Bethany College. She served as chair of the Education Department from 2000-2007 and now is the elementary education coordinator and serves as the Licensure officer for the college. Holmquist is the recipient of the Rohm Distinguished Professor.
Holmquist teaches a variety of courses for the Education Department including introduction to teaching, instructional technology, methods of teaching social studies in the elementary school, student teaching seminar and supervises elementary teaching majors in their clinical practice.
She is on Faculty Senate, Assessment Committee and serves as the representative to ACCK (Associated Colleges of Central Kansas) special education committee. In addition she served on the Licensure Review Committee for the Kansas State Dept. of Education and is now the representative to the Regulations Committee for KSDE.
Holmquist and her husband, Tom ’76, farm and ranch in the Smolan, Kan. area. She and her husband were the recipients of the award as Kansas Master Farmers in 2012. Her children are Ryan ‘05, Majkin ‘07 and John ‘14.
Stewart Hoss served for 12 years with the Kansas National Guard. He is married and has two daughters and two step-sons.
Carl Isaacson, professor of communication, has been at Bethany College since 2004.
Isaacson teaches classes in public speaking, rhetoric, mass communication, argumentation and human communication. His fields of interest include Swedish Americana. He has served as educator/curator of the Swedish American Museum Center in Chicago, and his research has been published in the Chronicle of Higher Education and American Communication Journal.
For the 2006 Messiah Festival of the Arts, Isaacson translated, adapted and directed a student production of “Barabbas” based on Pär Lagerkvist’s 1950 novel of the same title.
Isaacson received his Ph.D. in theatre from the University of Minnesota, Minn. He also holds a M.Div. with a major in Parish Ministry from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C.
Randy Jirak has been with Bethany since 2007 and is responsible for supervising all campus facilities operations including maintenance, housekeeping, grounds and security. He is a 1983 graduate of Kansas Technical Institute with and an associate’s degree in mechanical engineering technology.
Prior to coming to Bethany, he has held several positions including a design technician/procurement for Estes Engineering, maintenance technician for REMA Bakeware, maintenance supervisor for Grede Foundries, maintenance consultant for US Foundries and as a self-employed home remodeler.
He is a church council member and property committee chair for Elim Lutheran Church and an active member in the Marquette Lion’s Club.
Alisa Jones is a 1998 graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelors degree in economics. She has two children, Emily and Trevor.
Professor Jones comes to Bethany College with four years experience as a vocational expert witness and professional counselor. He earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and has completed graduate work in psychology from Emporia State University and in counseling from Southern Illinois University. He is a licensed counselor in Missouri and a National Certified counselor and is a member of Chi Sigma Iota National Honor Society in counseling and Psi Chi Honor Society in psychology. He is married to Dr. Andrea Eden and has two daughters.
Before joining the faculty at Bethany College, Professor Jorsch was an instructor at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa from 2010 to 2014 and prior to that served at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. He earned a Ph.D. in American social and intellectual history from Oklahoma State University; master’s degrees in history and library science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and bachelor’s degrees in history and math from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He is married to Bethany professor, Lisa Guinn.
Professor of Art Mary Kay has been at Bethany College since 1989. She teaches painting, drawing and printmaking.
Kay’s work has been shown in a variety of one-person and group exhibits, including Grand Arts Kansas City, Mo., the Salina Arts Center Salina, Kan., and the Mallin Gallery Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kan. She has also given numerous gallery talks and lectures.
Kay received her Master of Fine Art in painting from the Yale School of Art and her Master of Art in painting from Goldsmiths’ College at London University. She earned Bachelor of Arts Honors in fine art from Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, United Kingdom.
Brian Kinnaird comes to Bethany College with nearly two decades as a scholar-practitioner in the field of criminal justice. He grew up in Salina, Kan., and began his career as a deputy sheriff with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department in Hays, Kan. During his tenure, Kinnaird served as a jail officer and certified law enforcement officer holding assignments in patrol, investigations, field training, defensive tactics and tactical team operations. He was also a guest use of force instructor at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.
After seven years of full-time service, Kinnaird jumped into the academic arena where he has served since. He is formerly tenured as a department chair/assistant professor of justice studies at Fort Hays (Kan.) State University and program coordinator/associate professor of criminal justice at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Tex. Kinnaird is widely published in a variety of peer-reviewed outlets and has an active training and research agenda.
Kinnaird earned his B.A. in sociology (1997) and M.L.S. in justice studies (1999) from Fort Hays State University and his Ph.D. in human services/criminal justice (2004) from Capella University (Min.). His doctoral dissertation on police misconduct and risk management was published by the International Journal of Police Science and Management.
Gail Konzem has been a professor of education at Bethany College since 2006, and now serves as Chair of the education department.
Konzem earned his master’s in educational administration from Kansas State University and his bachelor’s in education from Marymount College, with majors in music education, K-12, and elementary education, K-6.
He joined the Bethany Faculty after serving the Salina Public Schools as a teacher, elementary principal, and middle level principal.
In 1980, Konzem was named an Outstanding Young Educator, has been actively involved in educational initiatives, and has served on a variety of community organizations connected to the arts and humanities, as well as serving as member of the Board of Directors and various offices in Child and Parent Services, an active children’s advocacy group in Salina. He is past president of the Board of Trustees of the Salina Education Foundation, and continues to be actively involved in that organization.
He and his wife are active members of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Salina, and serve as musicians and on a variety of committees and commissions. In 2007, they represented Kansas Ambassadors of Music during their European Tour.
Konzem is a former member of many education organizations during his years as a public school education and as associate professor of education at Bethany.