Bethel Develops Online Courses - Searches for Director of Distance Education

Bethel College announced a major, strategic distance learning initiative to better serve adult/professional students. This new plan incorporates online courses to enhance effective learning environments without geographical limitations.

“The ability to use information and communication technologies will become increasingly important for us in the future, and we need to provide course offerings beyond the typical classroom setting,” says Randy Gunden, dean of Adult Studies.

In the past, the nursing program successfully pioneered online learning with undergraduate traditional students.  Last summer Bethel started a pilot project with one adult online course in World Regional Geography. The course was also added again as an online course in the fall. This spring, four courses were in place: Creative Writing, Race and Ethnicity, Survey of Art and Exploring the Christian Faith. Full enrollment in the courses quickly indicated high interest.

This summer Bethel plans to expand to seven online courses: Elementary Spanish I, Elem. Spanish II, Written Communications II, Features and Nonfiction Writing, General Psychology, World Regional Geography and Exploring the Christian Faith.

Currently the college is searching for a director of distance education to provide leadership; to implement and manage the college’s vision of a collaborative distance education structure; to investigate various alternative delivery systems; to integrate various delivery methods; and to administer all online programs/courses and personnel associated with delivery. Bethel College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All interested candidates are invited to electronically submit a faculty employment application, cover letter, curriculum vitae and a brief statement of faith to An online faculty application may be found at the following webpage:

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.