My time at Bethel was a gift
Associate Professor, Journalism (Former Employee) – Arden Hills, MN – August 15, 2016
In 2007, Bethel University invited me to be the school's first journalist-in-residence. A temporary job that was to last four months lasted four and a half years. I had never worked in a university, nor had worked in a Christian workplace, nor taught. The academic environment was theologically challenging and more intellectually stimulating than three decades in a newsroom. I've never worked harder: learning the techniques of good teaching, constantly preparing to teach subjects I'd never taught. The faculty was amazing and welcoming from the start. My department chair proved to be one of the five best supervisors in my various jobs. In an effort to improve my chances of staying at Bethel (I had short contracts) I earned a masters in communication. The bad news was that All the extra work, plus living apart from my wife for four years, led me into a major anxiety and depression episode and I chose to step away so the school could hire a PhD to do my job. I miss the people at Bethel more than I missed my colleagues at The Star. Being at Bethel was a grace gift.
Faculty, students, Christian environment.
Teaching on a contract was a drag.