How a Political Science Professor Helped Bethel Become a Four-Year College, 75 Years Ago

Last year Bethel University celebrated its 150th anniversary, dating back to its origins as a tiny Swedish Baptist seminary in Chicago. But arguably, 2022 marks an even more important anniversary for Bethel's development as a modern university: 75 years since Bethel became a four-year college. A little history here... In 1914 the Baptist seminary in … Continue reading How a Political Science Professor Helped Bethel Become a Four-Year College, 75 Years Ago

Bethel’s New Associate Dean for Academic Inclusive Excellence

We are pleased to introduce our very own Professor Sara Shady as the new Associate Dean for Academic Inclusive Excellence at Bethel University! Professor Shady recently took the time to share a bit about her newest position with us, and what that means for our department and the future of Bethel. What will your work as … Continue reading Bethel’s New Associate Dean for Academic Inclusive Excellence

Commencement 2022: Prof. Gehrz’s Baccalaureate Address

In addition to Prof. Bramsen's invocation yesterday morning, one other HiPPos professor spoke during this spring's Commencement ceremonies at Bethel: historian Chris Gehrz, who was asked to deliver the address at Friday night's Baccalaureate worship service for graduates and their families. The text for the evening was Colossians 3:12-17. Greetings to parents, grandparents, and families, … Continue reading Commencement 2022: Prof. Gehrz’s Baccalaureate Address

Commencement 2022: Prof. Bramsen’s Invocation

Earlier today twenty Bethel students received their degrees in History, Philosophy, Political Science, Digital Humanities, and related fields. And two of our professors spoke during the weekend's events. First, here's the opening reflection and prayer of invocation that political scientist Andy Bramsen shared at this morning's first Commencement ceremony. It starts with a story from … Continue reading Commencement 2022: Prof. Bramsen’s Invocation

New Lenten Devotional from the Bethel Faculty

The Christian season of Lent begins in two days, on Ash Wednesday, and if you're looking for devotional resources for those forty days, there's a free booklet available from Bethel with all sorts of connections to our department. A daily devotional for Lent and Holy Week featuring short biblical reflections and prayers by about four … Continue reading New Lenten Devotional from the Bethel Faculty

Academics, Athletics, and Faith: More from Some of Our Student-Athletes

Yesterday we introduced five of our majors who play sports for Bethel: runner Britta Nordberg (Philosophy/Physics), soccer players Tess Anderson (International Relations) and Will Swanda (History/Missional Ministry), hockey player Jarrett Cammarata (Social Studies Education 5-12), and football player George Bolt (History/Social Studies Ed). Today they'll tell us some more about what it means to be … Continue reading Academics, Athletics, and Faith: More from Some of Our Student-Athletes

Introducing Our Newest Assistant Professor of Philosophy: Omar Fakhri, Ph.D.

We are pleased to introduce the newest member of our faculty: Omar Fakhri, Ph.D. Dr. Fakhri will be serving as Assistant Professor of Philosophy, offering courses in environmental ethics, philosophy of religion, and more. Recently, we sat down with Dr. Fakhri and asked him to share a bit about himself — what his story is, … Continue reading Introducing Our Newest Assistant Professor of Philosophy: Omar Fakhri, Ph.D.

Screenshot of Chris Gehrz article from Winter 2020 issue of Bethel Magazine

Prof. Gehrz in Bethel Magazine: College under COVID

The current issue of Bethel Magazine includes a letter that history professor Chris Gehrz addressed to his students at the beginning of a semester that has been shaped in many ways by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's part of how Prof. Gehrz explained why the pandemic should nudge students to think more intentionally about the purpose … Continue reading Prof. Gehrz in Bethel Magazine: College under COVID

Gehrz and Barr (eds.), Faith and History

Coming This December: A History Devotional

Congratulations to Drs. Gehrz and Poppinga, two of the contributors to Faith and History: A Devotional, due out this December from Baylor University Press, which describes the project this way: Join over forty Christian historians as they journey through the biblical and historical past, reading God’s word in light of the experiences of those made … Continue reading Coming This December: A History Devotional

The Calling of Historians: Justin Haughton ’21

To conclude our series of student essays on calling, from the conclusion to this spring's Intro to History course, we're happy to share the following reflections from Justin Haughton '21, who explains why a minor in History proved to be such a good complement to his major in Social Work. I don’t think anyone aspires to be … Continue reading The Calling of Historians: Justin Haughton ’21