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/
Cory Odell serves as Detective Sergeant with the Junction City Kansas Police Department and is currently assigned as the Crime Scene Unit Supervisor. Cory has been a police officer since 2009 and has held various positions within the department including Patrol Officer, Sex Crimes Detective, Field Training Officer, Master Officer, Honor Guard Member, and SWAT Team Operator/Team Leader. He was awarded the Larry D. Welch Award for Academic Excellence upon graduation from the police academy.
Cory earned a B.A. in criminal justice from Kansas Wesleyan University and a M.S. in criminal justice administration from the University of Cincinnati. He is a continuing education trainer for area criminal justice and human services agencies.
Warren Olson joined the Bethany College Advancement Office in 2007. He graduated from Bethany in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health. After graduation, Olson taught and coached in Herington, Kan. He has also served as the executive director at the Salina Family YMCA and has also held marketing positions in the Xerox Corporation.
Olson and his wife, Lynnda (Peterson) ’72, have 3 children and 9 grandchildren.
Paula Patterson received her Bachelor’s degree in performance from the University of Iowa where she was a student of Betty and Roger Mather. She has done additional study with Dr. Frances Shelly of Wichita State University.
Patterson is Instructor of Flute at Bethany College. She has maintained a private teaching studio since 1979. She is currently principal flute with the Hutchinson Symphony Orchestra and the Bethany College Community Orchestra. She is a member of the woodwind trio, Trablas. She has served as clinician and adjudicator in the Central Kansas area.
University of Iowa: Bachelors of Music