Dordt College News

New Faculty at Dordt includes both new and familiar faces

August 22, 2003

Florida, North Carolina and Idaho are a few of the locales that eight new faculty members at Dordt College have called home. But there are also several familiar faces among this year’s new faculty, with previous ties to Dordt College and the region. Dr. Wes Jamison

Dr. Wes Jamison, formerly of Hawthorne, Florida, is the new director of the Agriculture Stewardship Center and Associate Professor of Agriculture. Dr. Jamison has a B.S. in Agriculture from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in both Poultry Science and Political Science from Oregon State University. He has been an Assistant Professor of Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas, a visiting Professor of Agriculture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, an Assistant Professor of Interdiscipinary and Global Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, and President of Agricultural Issues Assessment in Sterling, Massachusetts.

Dr. Jamison and his wife, Angela, have four children: Rachel, Luke, Hannah, Lydia. He lists his professional interests as agricultural politics and the social construction and political amplification of risk. Personal interests include camping, canoeing, biking, family activities and watching college football (particularly the Florida Gators).

Dr. Jamison said he was drawn here by the collective vision of Dordt, and was impressed by the idea of pulling together to help students develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a Christ-centered worldview. The friendliness of people at Dordt and in Sioux Center “was overwhelming,” said Jamison, who adds that “the campus is beautiful, and the town is equally nice.” Matt Stutz

Matt Stutz is also new to the Natural Science division, as an instructor in Environmental Studies. Arriving here from Durham, North Carolina, he taught physical geology at Duke University and will teach Introduction to Environmental Studies and Ecology of Fresh Waters at Dordt College this fall.

Mr. Stutz has a degree in Environmental Science/Geology from Southampton College, Long Island University and plans to complete his Ph.D. in geology from Duke University this year. His specific field of study has been coastal geology and geomorphology, particularly barrier islands.

Mr. Stutz, his wife, Jennifer; and a five-month-old daughter, Grace Caroline, are new to Iowa and say they have been welcomed graciously at Dordt College, local churches, and their neighborhood. They enjoy playing golf, card games, and spending time with friends. Delta Cavner

Dr. Delta Cavner, Boise, Idaho, joins Dordt’s Education Department with a B.A. from Oral Roberts University and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boise State University. Dr. Cavner was previously an adjunct professor at Boise State University, Boise, and Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho. A native Texan, she has three sons, two of whom are married and living in Arizona and Alaska, with the third still at home, going into eighth grade this fall.

Dr. Cavner will teach reading, language arts and math methods. Other class offerings she’ll teach include Reading in the Content Areas, Applied Educational Psychology and Collaboration and Consultation in Education. In her spare time she enjoys cross-country skiing, hiking and classical music. Delta said she felt God was leading her to teach at a Christian school, and really appreciates Dordt’s clear focus on Christian education and applying Christian principals to each discipline. Dr. Thomas Wolthuis

Dr. Thomas Wolthuis of Byron Center, Michigan is new to Dordt’s Theology Department. Wolthuis has a B. A. from Calvin College; a M. Div and Th. M from Calvin Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University. He has been an instructor of religion and theology at Calvin College, a co-pastor at Princeton Christian Reformed Church in Kentwood, Mich.; founding pastor of Pathway Ministries in Byron Center, Mich., and most recently campus pastor at the University of Michigan representing the Christian Reformed Church.

Dr. Wolthuis will be teaching Perspectives in Biblical Theology, Old Testament: Prophets, Old and New Testament Biblical Studies and helping with supervision of Youth Ministry interns.

His wife, Dawn, is the president of Tincat Group, Inc., a software development company. The couple has two daughters, Hope (Calvin College Class of ’03, living in Kansas City) and Shanna (attending the College of Wooster in Ohio).

Dr. Wothuis enjoys playing tennis, golf, softball, vintage barehanded baseball and driving a 1967 butter yellow fastback Ford Mustang Brenda Winkler

Brenda Winkler is a Dordt alumna who has come full circle, joining the Social Work Department as a new faculty member this year. Winkler earned her B.S.W. at Dordt in 1998, then an M.S.W. in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine’s in St. Paul, Minn. A newlywed, Brenda and her husband, Mike, live in Sioux City where Brenda was formerly a clinical social worker at St. Luke’s Hospital. She has two daughters, Andrea and Lindsay De Koter, and three stepchildren, Matt, Maran and Mark Winkler.

Mrs.Winkler will teach Aging and Social Work, Fundamentals of Social Work Practice and Introduction to Social Work. In her spare time, she enjoys outside activities, walking, biking, golf, and reading.

Kevin J. Timmer

Kevin J. Timmer is also a Dordt alumnus, returning to the Engineering Department. After obtaining his BS in Engineering at Dordt College, Timmer earned his M.S. in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University of Science and Technology in Ames, then taught engineering at Dordt for nine years until 1997. During the ensuing years, he has worked as an engineer designing bakery equipment at LVO in Rock Rapids, and designing HVAC systems for commercial buildings at EDA, Inc., in Sioux Center.

Timmer will be teaching mechanical engineering classes, including Linear Systems, Machine Design, as well as Kingdom, Identity, and Calling.

Mr. Timmer and his wife, Karen, have two children Ana (5) and Sarah (2), and are expecting their third child in October. Timmer said he appreciates the solid Christian elementary and high school educational systems in the community, as well as the strong sense of community and trust. He enjoys hiking, prairie plants, landscaping and gardening, and watercolor painting. Craig Stiemsma

Craig Stiemsma has joined the HPER (Health/P.E./Recreation) Department this year, coming to Dordt after teaching 12 years at Western Christian High School in Hull. Stiemsma has a B.A. from Dordt and a M.A. from USD and is the master coordinator for HPER classes. He will be teaching nine HPER classes for pre-physical therapy interns and student teachers along with various assigned HPER activities and coaching soccer.

Mr. Stiemsma, his wife Kristi, and their three children Josie (5), Sydney (3) and Trey (11 months) live in Hull.

Jeff Schouten

Jeff Schouten, Orange City, is another Dordt alum that will be working in the Health/PE/Recreation department for 2003-04. Schouten earned his M.S. in physical education this spring from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas.

Previously employed at Sheldon Christian School and as JV baseball coach at Unity Christian, he will step up from assistant baseball coach at Dordt to head coach, while also teaching HPER classes and serving as IM director.

Mr. Schouten and his wife, Liza, have two sons, Ryer (2) and Tanner (4 months). He enjoys spending time with his family, sports and working out.

New staff people at Dordt College this year include Heather Van Zee, admissions counselor; Jeremiah Schutte, interim network administrator; Samuel Gutierrez, campus ministry intern in student services; Leann and Lance Nunnikhoven, alumni house host and hostess; Susan Blom, theatre arts seamstress and costume shop supervisor; Janna Holwerda, admission’s counselor; Linda Ver Steeg, campus health center Registered Nurse; Linda Vogel, campus health center secretary, and Valerie Sikkema, chemistry Lab supervisor/greenhouse manager.

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