Dordt College News

New faculty, staff at Dordt College for 07-08

August 23, 2007

A new vice-president for student services, nine faculty members, and seven staff people have filled the personnel roster for the start of the 2007-2008 academic year at Dordt College, which begins Wednesday, August 29.


Bethany Schuttinga is the new vice president for student services. Schuttinga received her B.A. degree in psychology from Dordt College; her M.A. in counseling and personnel from Minnesota State University-Mankato; and is a doctoral candidate in educational leadership at Iowa State University. Schuttinga comes to Dordt from Iowa State University, where she served as dean of students, director of judicial affairs, adjunct instructor, hall director, and tutor. Bethany and her husband, Andy, recently moved to Sioux Center with their two sons, William and Anderson.



Bill Bauer has joined faculty in the health, physical education, and recreation (HPER) department, and is offensive coordinator for the Defender football team. Bauer received his B.S. degree at Taylor University (health and physical education) and his M.A. in physical education from Ball State University. Bauer is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist, certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Bill has coached football at the college level for 27 years, most recently at Taylor University in Indiana. Bill and his wife, Jeanette, have four children: Travis, Cole, Leah, and Marshall.


Craig Heynen has also joined the HPER department, as an assistant professor, track coach, and cross country coach. Heynen received his B.A. degree (HPER) at Dordt College, an M.S. at Emporia St. University, and an Ed.D. at the University of South Dakota. He previously taught at the University of South Dakota, Mount Vernon Christian School, and San Jose Christian School. Craig and his wife, Karen, live in Sioux Center with their children Joshua, Joel, and Anna.


Bruce Kuiper will be teaching in the communication department. He received his B.A. degree in English and communication at Dordt College, his M.A. at California State, and has both international and domestic teaching experience. He and his wife, Monique, live in Orange City with their two children, Benjamin and Lindsay.


Erin (Dykstra) Olson has accepted a half-time position as an instructor of social work. Olson received her B.S.W. at Dordt College and her M.S.W. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She was most recently employed as a case manager at St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City and has also served as a homebased therapist at Southeastern Behavioral Health Care in Sioux Falls. Erin and her husband, Brendan, live in Elk Point, SD, where he is employed as a police officer. The couple has a two-year-old daughter, Hailey.

Olson said that as a graduate of Dordt College, she is a big proponent of the college and what it stands for. “Having the opportunity to teach here was a huge honor. I am looking forward to getting to know the students in the social work program and looking forward to working with other great professors.”


Peter Sheesley is a new art instructor, who received his B.A. in English (minor in art) at Wheaton College and his M.F.A. in Figurative Painting at New York Academy of Art. He most recently served a semester as visiting art instructor at Wheaton College, where he taught introductory, figurative, and advanced classes in drawing and painting. He has also worked as a theoretical scientific illustrator, an art handler, and an ice sculptor in New York City. As a new resident of Sioux Center, Sheesley said he is impressed by the abundance of art visible on Dordt's campus, and he is eager to help enrich students’ faith and vision in the year ahead.


Wade Whites will serve in the HPER department and as defensive coordinator for the Defender football team. Whites earned his B.A. degree from Tarleton State University and has served as a coach and recruiting coordinator at schools in Texas. Whites’ last post was as defensive coordinator at Southwest Christian High School in Burleson, Texas, where he served as the athletic director and head football coach, garnering two state semi-final appearances and a berth in the state finals. Whites was named district coach of the year in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and was named Division III coach-of-the-year by the Dallas Morning News in 2004. Wade and his wife, Kelly, have two children, McKenna and Hayden, and a baby due in December.


Jeff Zomer will be an assistant instructor in the HPER department, where he will supervise activity courses and coach baseball. Zomer received his B.A. in business administration at Dordt College.


Leah Zuidema will fill a half-time English position, after serving as an English department adjunct for the past two years. Zuidema received her B.A. in English at Calvin College, her M.A. in English from Michigan State University (with emphasis in Critical Studies in the Teaching of English), and expects to complete her Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University by the end of the year. Zuidema has also taught English and English Education courses at Michigan State University (East Lansing, Mich.), Grand Valley State University (Allendale, Mich.), and as a high school English teacher at Byron Center High School (Byron Center, Mich.). Leah and her husband Todd reside in Hull with their two children, Lindsey and Emily.

Zuidema said she’s looking forward to teaching courses for English majors this fall and is especially excited about a new course the department is offering: a writing workshop for teachers.



Beth Baas is Dordt College’s Campus Health Center Nurse. Baas received her B.S.N. degree from Calvin College, and has 15 years of nursing experience as a staff nurse, anesthesia resource nurse, and staff educator. She was most recently a nurse at Orange City Area Health System. Beth and her husband, John, live in Sioux Center with their four children, Sam, Leah, Stephen and Lauren.


Todd Montsma is a resident director and campus ministries assistant. Montsma received his B.F.A. degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and has experience as a youth leader and a residential camp counselor. He most recently taught art and math (grades 6-12) at Central Wisconsin Christian School, where he also served as technology coordinator and chapel coordinator. Todd will live in North Hall as a resident director.


Missy Mulder is the new internship coordinator in the business department. She graduated from Dordt College with a B.A. in psychology. Mulder was most recently employed at a Hope Haven group home. Missy and her husband, Dave, live in Sioux Center with their two children, Ethan and Callie. Mulder said she’s looking forward to getting to know the students and working with local businesses.


Kathy Osterloh has been hired as a part-time natural science technician. She earned her B.S. degree in chemistry from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and her M.S. degree in organic and analytical chemistry from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, along with a minor in environmental engineering. She has 17 years of experience as an organic lab supervisor, chemist, and lab instructor, most recently as a chemistry lab coordinator and instructor at the University of South Dakota. Kathy and her husband live in Alcester, South Dakota.

Van Essens

Jesse and Mary Van Essen are Dordt College seniors who will also serve as alumni house caretakers/greeters this year. Jesse is majoring in engineering, and Mary’s major is graphic design.

Van Wyk

Lindsey Van Wyk is a new admissions counselor for the college. Van Wyk received her B.A. in exercise science from Dordt this past May, along with a minor in psychology. She is originally from the Grinnell, Iowa, area.

Vander Well

Dee Vander Well was hired for the position of copy center mail clerk. Vander Well received her B.A. from Dordt College. She worked for Advance Brands for about 12 years and most recently has been working at Pella Corporation.


Marilyn Weidenaar will be a tennis coach this year. She received her B.A. in Studio Art from Rosemont College, and is a long time tennis enthusiast.

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