Mark McDonald has been a faculty member at Bethany College since 1996. A graduate of Bethany College in 1991, McDonald earned his doctorate in systematics and ecology at Kansas State University in 1996. McDonald has taught general biology, microbiology, genetics, immunology, and numerous other courses and serves as the pre-medical programs advisor.
McDonald has been active in various campus initiatives including curriculum reform projects and sustainability initiatives. He has served on several campus and faculty committees and has served as President of the Faculty Senate and Faculty Representative to the Board of Directors. He also coordinates the Bethany Quest program, which is a two-year orientation program which engages students in Bethany’s core values and Directions of Excellence. McDonald is a past recipient of the Mordvedt Teaching and Campus Leadership Award, the Greg and Beth Pierce Service to Students Award, and the Donna Meredith Humphreys Award for Teaching.
Amanda McLaughlin ’04 earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry Teaching and prior to returning to Bethany College to work in the financial aid office, worked in financial aid at IBMC College in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She has also taught junior high science in USD 321 at St. Mary’s, at USD 306 at Southeast of Saline, and was a program instructor for chemistry and biology at KS Kids@GEAR UP in Salina.
She enjoys reading good books, watching movies and spending time with her family. She is married and has two daughters.
Diane Miller started teaching at Bethany in the spring of 2013 as the professor for managerial accounting. She has now expanded her course schedule to include Career Planning.
Miller has been teaching as an adjunct instructor for 14 years, for many different colleges/universities. Before that, she was an accountant for 20 years and a purchasing manager for 15. Miller has been a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) since 2008.
Morehouse will take over as Head Women’s Basketball Coach for the 2013-2014 season.
Morehouse has served as the assistant men’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Montana-Western for the past two years. During last year’s season, the UM-Western team posted a 25-10 overall record, tied for the Frontier Conference regular-season title, and advanced to the round of sixteen at the NAIA Men’s Division I National Tournament in Kansas City, Mo. This year’s team went 24-10 and advanced to the Elite 8 quarterfinals of the NAIA Men’s Division I National Tournament.
Since 2009, Morehouse has also worked in the UM-Western Student Support Services department as the TRiO Retention Specialist. Morehouse’s previous roles at UM-Western include assistant women’s basketball coach, sports information director, and head women’s junior varsity coach, when he compiled a 10-4 overall record and completed the first ten-win season for the program.
Before UM-Western, Morehouse coached at Victor High School from 2004 to 2007, leading the boys’ basketball program to its first divisional tournament appearance in four years and the girls’ basketball program to its first divisional tournament appearance in over eight. Morehouse also developed the “Little Pirate” basketball program for second through fifth grade students and has instructed numerous basketball camps.
Morehouse earned his Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Montana-Western and his Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from Grand Canyon University.
A native of Aurora, Colo., Laura (Christopher) Moreno attended Lamar Community College where she received her associate of arts degree before transferring to Bethany College. She graduated magna cum laude from Bethany in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management.
Moreno was a softball player for the Swedes, earning first-team and second-team All-KCAC honors as a second baseman and designated player. She was an NAIA Academic Scholar Athlete, a member of Beta Tau Sigma Honorary Scholastic Society, and on the Academic Dean’s Honor Roll. While attending school, she worked as a student assistant to the director of communications and sports information director. Upon graduation, Moreno was an assistant softball coach at Bethany before moving on to a head coaching position at Brown Mackie College in Salina for the last three years.
Moreno has also worked for Rocking M Radio out of Salina as a radio personality and as a freelance sports reporter at the Lindsborg News Record.
Moreno and her husband Jose reside in Lindsborg.
Professor Morris taught as an adjunct professor in spring 2013 after working in the health care industry in Salina for 8 years. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in pre-professional biology at William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa and a bachelor of science degree in human biology at National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois. She is a doctor of chiropractic. She is married and has two children and enjoys traveling and participating in church activities.
John Mullen, Ph.D., is a retired U.S. Naval Reserve Commander, who earned his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and specializes in epistemology and philosophies of religion and science. He has previously taught at St. Gregory’s University, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Valparaiso University. Mullen began at Bethany in 2012.
Gretchen Norland has served as assistant professor and coordinator of Secondary Education of the teacher preparation program since 2012.
She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education with a Psychology minor from Bethany College. Norland received her Master of Arts in Education Degree from Baker University in Kansas, and is currently working on her Doctorate in Education through Northcentral University in Arizona. Norland taught as an adjunct instructor for Baker University, and has received leadership training and given presentations on differentiated instruction and alternative assessments. She has 32 years of teaching experience in Smoky Valley, USD 400, in Lindsborg, Kansas, and was certified to teach K-9 elementary, 7-12 English, 5-8 History, and 7-12 Psychology. In addition, Norland taught online courses through the virtual charter school in Lindsborg, Kansas.
Norland has been active in the Lindsborg area since 1979 with her involvements in education, Messiah Lutheran Church, and in building community and school partnerships for pre-service teacher opportunities. At Bethany College, Norland serves on the Curriculum Committee, Assessment Committee, Teacher Education Committee, and is Bethany’s Coordinator of Secondary Education representative for ACCK. Norland has been involved in the Kansas Teacher of the Year State Selection Committee, the KSDE IHE/LEA Partnership Committee, and the NCATE Accreditation process for Bethany’s Education Department in 2013.
Norland’s ePortfolio and photos related to the education program can be viewed at http://ProfessorGNorland.foliotek.me/