Dordt College News

New faculty, staff at Dordt College

August 16, 2005

One new administrative vice-president and six new faculty members have signed on for the upcoming 2005-2006 academic year at Dordt College, which begins Aug. 24.
John Baas

Providing leadership to Dordt College in the role of Vice-President of College Advancement will be John Baas. As one of five vice-presidents on the governing cabinet, Baas will organize, implement, and provide leadership in maintaining relations with constituency, soliciting financial contributions and communicating both the mission of the college and ongoing activities to the general public.

Baas was previously the director of major gifts at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, where he has served in several leadership roles since 1993. He earned his B.A. in Business and Economics at Calvin in 1982, and an M.B.A. at Grand Valley State University in 1996. Douglas Allen

New to the physics and astronomy department faculty will be Dr. Douglas Allen, previously a research physicist at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C. Allen has also been a research associate at NASAís Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD; an adjunct physics professor at Wheaton College in Illinois, and a research scientist at the University of Chicago. He had the opportunity to work as a guest graduate student at Argonne National Laboratory (one of the U.S. Department of Energy's largest research centers) from 1995-1997, and spent a semester there doing science and engineering research in 1992.

Dr. Allen is originally from Wheaton, IL, where he earned his B.S. in Physics at Wheaton College. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics at Iowa State University in 1997. His work has been published in a dozen refereed academic publications and he was co-author of a paper that received the Naval Research Labís Berman Award in 2003. Mark Volkers

Dordtís new Electronic Media Production Coordinator and Instructor for 2005-2006 is Mark Volkers, from Grand Rapids, Mich. In addition to teaching communications courses, Volkers will assist the Admissions and Advancement Offices in the preparation of multi-media DVDs and CDs.

Volkers was previously Communications Director for Christian Reformed World Missions, where he oversaw content and design of the website, produced documentary films, was a photojournalist, editor of Proclaim magazine, and a lecturer on the integration of faith and media. Volkers was previously an adjunct professor of journalism at Reformed Bible College. He has created and presented workshops on photojournalism, film making and the use of technology. Volkers has filmed, written and produced documentary films of cultures and peoples from around the world, and has received 15 Telly Awards for his documentaries.

Volkers earned a Bachelor of Religious Education degree in Theology from Reformed Bible College in 1988 and a Master's degree in Journalism from Wheaton Graduate School in 1990. He is currently in a Ph.D. program in Communications at Wayne State University in Dearborn, Mich. Robert Horton

In the Music Department, Dr. Robert Horton will be teaching courses in organ, worship and liturgy and aural skills. Dr. Horton is an award winning organist who received his D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts) in organ study at the University of Kansas. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, and earned his Master of Music in Organ Ė Organ study at Cornell University. Dr. Horton also earned a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies Ė Organ and harpsichord study at Stanford Japan Center, Kyoto, Japan. Teresa TerHaar

In the Theatre Department, Dr. Teresa TerHaar will fill a two-year sabbatical position while April Hubbard pursues her Masterís Degree of Fine Arts in Directing. Dr. TerHaar 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 bachelorís degree in elementary education at Calvin College. She has served as adjunct instructor in theater at Adrian College, Western Michigan University and Calvin College, and most recently was Trinity Christian Collegeís Assistant Professor of Communication Arts.

In Dordtís Education Department, Dr. Ed Starkenburg and Timothy Van Soelen will join that departmentís faculty in the training of aspiring teachers. Ed Starkenburg

Dr. Ed Starkenburg, Orange City, was previously a professor of education, director of the teacher education program and education department chairperson at Northwestern College in Orange City.

An alumnus of Dordt College, Starkenburg 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. Timothy Van Soelen

Timothy Van Soelen was the principal at Calvin Christian School in Sioux Falls before accepting the position of instructor of education position at Dordt College for the upcoming academic year.

Van Soelen earned a bachelorís degree in Business Education and Physical Education at Dordt College, then earned as Masterís 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.

Assuming new responsibilities at Dordt College this fall are Dr. Sherri Lantinga, who has accepted a two year term as Dean of Social Sciences; and Corinne (Huisman) Hentges, who adds Coordinator of Off Campus Programs to her job description in the upcoming year. Valerie Gorter

Valerie Gorter will be serving as the new Coordinator of Student Services for Minority and International Students, as well as being a resident director. Originally from Pella, Gorter graduated from Abilene Christian Univeristy in May of 2005 with a B.A. in English and minor in Philosophy. She was an Academic All American and an All American Track and Field athlete, setting the university record in the pole vault at 13 feet, 3 inches. While at ACU Gorter tutored international students and coordinated programs for the Study Abroad Program. She will help integrate international and minority students at Dordt College into the campus community.

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