Sam Mulberry addressing the Bethel faculty retreat on Aug. 27, 2019

“Teach Well”: Prof. Mulberry’s Address at Faculty Retreat

A week before the start of fall classes, Bethel's faculty gathered yesterday morning for its annual retreat. The keynote speaker was our own Prof. Sam Mulberry '99 — who was kind enough to let us post the text of his address. Not only will you learn a lot more about Sam's story, but you'll find … Continue reading “Teach Well”: Prof. Mulberry’s Address at Faculty Retreat

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Some Back-to-School Inspiration for Teachers

If you're one of our many alumni working as a teacher or professor — or you're teaching in other contexts — and you haven't yet seen Prof. Mulberry's Why We Teach documentary... I recommended it this morning in my weekly post at The Anxious Bench blog on Patheos. Bethel BTS alum Sara Misgen '13 (now finishing a PhD in … Continue reading Some Back-to-School Inspiration for Teachers

Recent Bethel Alumni Teaching History

Summer is winding down for our Social Studies Education alumni preparing to return to their teaching jobs this fall.  Joining the numerous veterans will be Andrew Fort '18, who has a full-time position at Greenway Public Schools in Coleridge, Minnesota. Christina Sibileva '18 has also recently accepted a teaching job at Highview Middle School (part … Continue reading Recent Bethel Alumni Teaching History

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Why We Teach

Last night Bethel hosted the premiere of Prof. Sam Mulberry's documentary film, Why We Teach, featuring interviews with fifteen recipients of Bethel's Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching (including Prof. Chris Gehrz). If you couldn't be there, the full film is now available to stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k87e9aEahbk Filmed and edited over the course of Prof. Mulberry's spring sabbatical, Why … Continue reading Why We Teach

Save the Date: The Premiere of Prof. Mulberry’s Sabbatical Film on Teaching at Bethel

While he's technically on sabbatical from Bethel, Prof. Sam Mulberry has actually spent most of his spring thinking and talking about Bethel. For his primary sabbatical project, Sam has been filming interviews with fifteen winners of the Bethel Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching — including 2009 recepient Chris Gehrz. (Sam won the excellence award for … Continue reading Save the Date: The Premiere of Prof. Mulberry’s Sabbatical Film on Teaching at Bethel

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Alumni Teaching Roundtable: Grad School and Final Advice

Today we wrap up our three-part alumni conversation on teaching in middle and high school. Thanks once more to our outstanding panelists: Micayla Moore '16, Kelly Van Wyk '15, Daniel Rimmereid '15, Zach Haskins '14, and Joe Held '13. Have you started work on a master's degree? How did you pick the school and program? … Continue reading Alumni Teaching Roundtable: Grad School and Final Advice

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Alumni Teaching Roundtable: From Bethel to the Workforce

Part two of our roundtable conversation on teaching with five recent Bethel Social Studies Ed/History grads. Thanks again to our panelists: Joe Held '13 (Centennial High School in Lino Lakes); Zach Haskins '14 (Shakopee High School); Kelly Van Wyk '15 (MOC-Floyd Valley Schools in Alton, IA); Daniel Rimmereid '15 (Franklin Middle School in North Minneapolis); and … Continue reading Alumni Teaching Roundtable: From Bethel to the Workforce

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Alumni Teaching Roundtable: Picking a Major (or Two)

One of the historic strengths of our department has been preparing middle and high school social studies teachers — both through the multidisciplinary Social Studies Ed 5-12 major that we coordinate with the Education department and through our own History programs. (Here's a current map of teaching placements.) To get an inside view of that … Continue reading Alumni Teaching Roundtable: Picking a Major (or Two)

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Prof. Poppinga on Teaching and Interfaith Engagement

Prof. Amy Poppinga recently published an article with Interfaith Youth Core's INTER site. It starts with her taking Bethel students to a local mosque to observe worship and then share a meal. While the evening provoked some difficult conversation about theological differences, she found that the awkwardness actually led to considerable learning among her students: There was … Continue reading Prof. Poppinga on Teaching and Interfaith Engagement

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History Teachers at the 2018 Conference on Faith and History

This fall the Conference and Faith and History (CFH) will be celebrating its 50th anniversary as it holds its biennial conference (Calvin College, Oct. 4-6). One of the oldest Christian academic societies in North America, CFH describes itself as "a community of scholars exploring the relationship between Christian faith and history" and primarily aspires "to … Continue reading History Teachers at the 2018 Conference on Faith and History