Dordt College News

Dordt College hires faculty, staff

April 29, 2005

StarkenburgStarkenburg joins education department

Dr. Ed Starkenburg, Orange City, has accepted a position as professor of education at Dordt College for the upcoming 2005-2006 academic year. Starkenburg is currently a professor of education, director of the teacher education program, and education department chairperson at Northwestern College in Orange City.

Starkenburg, who has been at Northwestern since 1992, says he is excited about the opportunity to work with the faculty of Dordt’s Education Department. “I know many of them from professional collaboration and graduate classes,” said Starkenburg. “I’m also looking forward to working closely with the students and preparing them for the crucial and challenging profession of teaching!”

Dr. Starkenburg is an alumnus of Dordt College, earning an elementary education degree with an emphasis in Social Science. He earned his Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Northern Iowa, and did post-graduate work in educational leadership and curriculum/instruction at the University of South Dakota.

Starkenburg also brings to the position elementary classroom experience, having served as a teacher at Orange City Christian and Inwood Christian schools.

In his position at Northwestern College, Dr. Starkenburg is currently serving as an academic advisor, supervisor of the curriculum library, the education department’s technology coordinator and coordinator of performance based teacher education.

Starkenburg and his wife, Kim, are members of Immanuel Christian Reformed Church in Orange City, and he has served as president of the board and chairman of the education committee at Unity Christian High School. Van Soelen

Van Soelen also in Dordt Education Department

A Sioux Falls Christian school principal, Timothy Van Soelen, has accepted an instructor of education position at Dordt College for the upcoming 2005-2006 academic year.

Van Soelen is currently the elementary principal at Calvin Christian School in Sioux Falls. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Education and Physical Education at Dordt College, then earned a master’s degree in Educational Technology at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, Calif. He is presently a doctoral candidate at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

Van Soelen was a middle school math/computer applications teacher at Redlands Christian School, Redlands, Calif., before becoming an assistant principal there in 1995. He has been principal at Calvin Christian since 1998. TerHaar

Theatre Arts Professor hired

Dr. Teresa TerHaar, Trinity Christian College Assistant Professor of Communication Arts, has accepted a two-year sabbatical position at Dordt College, paving the way for current instructor of Theatre Arts, April Hubbard, to pursue a Master’s Degree of Fine Arts in Directing in the upcoming academic year.

Dr. TerHaar, Palos Heights, Ill., has a Ph.D. in Theatre Pedagogy and Performance Studies from Bowling Green State University, where she also earned her M.A. in Theatre. The Grand Rapids, Mich., native earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Calvin College. She has served as adjunct instructor in theater at Adrian College, Western Michigan University, and Calvin College, all in Michigan.

In her spare time, TerHaar enjoys adapting children’s literature for stage performances, as well as running, knitting and reading.

“I look forward to joining the Dordt community and contributing to the theatre department,” said TerHaar. “It is a gift to be able to create theater with faculty and students who share a passion and a faith.” Droog

Droog is new admissions counselor

Jeff Droog, Kalamazoo, Mich., has been hired to join the Dordt College Admissions staff effective in mid-July.

Droog is a Dordt College alumni, having earned his B.A. with majors in elementary education, K-12 history education and a specialization in psychology, along with a coaching endorsement. He has taught history, physical education and psychology at Kalamazoo Christian High School for eight years, where he is also varsity girls basketball coach.

Droog said he and his wife, Monica (Crull) are excited to return to Northwest Iowa. The Droogs have three children: D.J., age 5; Josie, age 3; and Emma, age 1.

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