Current Faculty Research

Here you can read about research projects that Dordt faculty are engaging in.

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Ayee, Dr. Manuela A.A.

Retention of Undergraduates in STEM: Reducing Barriers to Success in Mathematics, Engineering, and Computer Science
National Science Foundation, Course Release
Dr. Ethan Brue, Dr. Valorie Zonnefeld, Dr. Nathan Tintle, and Dr. Kari Sanduoka, Co-PIs
This project will contribute - through scholarships - to the national need for well-educated scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and technicians by supporting the retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students with demonstrated financial need.

Impact of Dyslipidemic Levels of Oxidized Cholesterol on Endothelial Membranes
Kielstra Center Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor, 2021-22 academic year

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Bailey, Dr. Justin

In All Things Podcast Development
Course release to develop and produce the In All Things Podcast, a podcast that hosts conversations about living creatively in God’s created world by engaging in conversation with diverse voices across a wide range of traditions, places, and times.

Book Project – Your Interpretation is Your Life (Baker Academic)
Course release for a book project that offers a user-friendly introduction to the conversation between theology and culture. Written with the Christian undergraduate and graduate student in mind, it serves as a primer on methods of cultural exegesis, comparing outstanding practitioners and putting their approaches into conversation.

Kielstra Center Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor, 2021-22 academic year

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Beimers, Dr. Matthew

Van Lunen Leadership Conference Workshop
A Kielstra Center Project Grant to lead a workshop entitled "Leading Through Change: One School's Journey into Deeper Learning via Teaching for Transformation" at the Van Lunen Leadership Conference: Excellence in Christian Education in a Changing Culture to be held at Calvin University, Grant Rapids, MI, November 4-7, 2021.

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Clark, Dr. Tom

Building Capacity & Quality in Statistics, Data Science, and Actuarial Science
Course release for investing time into content, pedagogical, and perspectival training in Statistics, Data Science, and Actuarial Science to better serve students in those programs.

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Culpepper, Dr. Scott

Book Project – The Devil Made Them Do It: How Spiritual Warfare and Satanic Panics Transformed American Religions, Politics, and Popular Cultures
Course release to work on a book project that explores the history and influence of spiritual warfare imagery and satanic panics on American religions, politics, and popular cultures from the founding of the Church of Satan in 1966 to the presidential election of 2016.

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Doornbos, Dr. Gayle

Church, World, and Calling: Finding Your Place in God’s World
A Kielstra Center Project Grant to aid students in discerning where they are called to be agents of Christ-centered renewal by exploring vocation together through reading and visiting Calvin Seminary, Western Seminary, and the Eugene Peterson Center, January-May 2022.

Bavinck Centennial Conference Presentation
A Kielstra Center Presentation Grant to present an academic paper entitled "Trinity and Creation: Bavink and the Vestigia Trinitatis" at the Bavinck Centennial Conference to be held at the Brisbane School of Theology, December 6-7, 2021.

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Eppinga, Dr. Robbin

Assessing Microbial Diversity and Abundance in Dordt’s Aquaponics System
Kielstra Center Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor, 2021-22 academic year

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Goedhart, Dr. Chris

Expanding ATE by Developing and Implementing a Model Program for Holistic Technician Education at a Small, Rurally-located Private College
National Science Foundation
Tim Floen, Co-PI
This projectseeks to develop, establish, grow, and evaluate new associate of science degree programs that can meet regional workforce demands.

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Hawley, Luke

Book Project – How to Love Your Neighbor
Course release to work on a collection of short stories as a follow up to “The Northwoods Hymnal,” a Nebraska Book Award winner.

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Janssen, Dr. Mike

Building Capacity & Quality in Statistics, Data Science, and Actuarial Science
Course release for investing time into content, pedagogical, and perspectival training in Statistics, Data Science, and Actuarial Science to better serve students in those programs.

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Marra, Dr. Gwen

Excel Achievement Center & Wilson Reading System
Course release to become certified in the Wilson Reading System to consider the acquisition of the Excel Achievement Center, a center that offers programs in writing, reading, mathematics, and dyslexia intervention.

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Moeller, Jonathan

Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Certification
A Kielstra Center Project Grant to obtain an Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Certification, October-December 2021.

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Mulder, Dr. David

Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Conference Presentation
A Kielstra Center Presentation Grant to present an academic paper entitled “Community Development within an Online Doctoral Cohort: A Qualitative Case Study” at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Conference to be held in Chicago, IL, November 2-6, 2021.

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Olson, Dr. Erin

North American Association of Christians in Social Work Annual Conference Presentation
A Kielstra Center Presentation Grant to present an academic paper entitled “I've Never Been Comfortable in My Own Skin": Women's Body Image Stories” at the North American Association of Christians in Social Work Annual Conference to be held in Glendale, CA, November 18-21, 2021.

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Perigo, Jeremy

Calvin Institute of Worship Arts, Teacher-Scholar Vital Worship Grant
This project will provide Dordt worship arts students the opportunity to study the work of leading worship scholars and practitioners from diverse cultural and liturgical backgrounds—expanding their cultural horizons and encouraging great theological depth as worship leaders.

Worship Interviews related to Calvin Institute of Worship Arts Grant
Course release for Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW) Grant for Worship Interviews in order to create online media resources for the investigation of emerging theological issues in free church worship via edited and curated interviews with scholars and practitioners.

Society for Christian Scholarship in Music Presentation
A Kielstra Center Presentation Grant to present an academic paper entitled “Performing Steuernagel: Elucidations & Implications of Church Music Through the Lens of Performance for Music in Worship” at the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music to be held at Mercer University in Macon, GA, March 3-5, 2022.

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Platter, David

Christians in Visual Arts Biannual Conference (CIVA)
A Kielstra Center Project Grant to attend the CIVA Biannual Conference as a member of the Advisory Board, November 4-6, 2021.

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Pollema, Mary Beth

Salir Adelante Workshop
A Kielstra Center Project Grant to offer the Salir Adelante Workshop, a culturally tailored, research-based and evidence-informed curriculum that is delivered via the Iowa State Extension Office in partnership with community-based organizations to promote career and college readiness among Latino youth and their families, March-April 2022.

CCCU International Forum Presentation
A Kielstra Center Presentation Grant to present an academic paper entitled “Ethnographic Impacts on Classroom Culture and Curriculum” at the CCCU International Forum to be held in Dallas, TX Feb. 11-13, 2022.

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Rose, Dr. Onsby

International Society for Research and Promotion of Wind Band Music Presentation
A Kielstra Center Presentation Grant to present an academic paper entitled “Symphony No. 10 by David Maslanka with Matthew Maslanka: Commissioning, Composition, Performance and Analysis” at the International Society for Research and Promotion of Wind Band Music to be held in Valencia, Spain, July 13-18, 2022.

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Roth, Donald

Book Project - Developing Discipleship Resources
Course release for writing time related to topics developed in Core 399.

Spirits of the Age and Narrative Metaphor
Kielstra Center Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor, 2021-22 academic year

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Schaap, Howard

Rewiring for Diversity
Lilly Foundation, Perspectives in Practice Grant
Matt Drissell, Co-PI
This project helps achieve one of Dordt’s core institutional goals – to foster a more diverse and welcoming environment by cultivating antiracist education at Dordt University.

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Van Beek, Dr. Leendert

French DELF Exam
A Kielstra Center Project Grant to pursue the French DELF Exam Study Project, May-December 2022.

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VanTol, Dr. Kathleen

Phonological Awareness Training
A Kielstra Center Project Grant for Phonological Awareness Training based on the Orton-Gillingham method, which focuses on phonological awareness and its importance in teaching reading, July-December 2021

Inclusive Special Education Strategies Handbook
Kielstra Center Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor, 2021-22 academic year

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White, Dr. Jay

Project NExT
A Kielstra Center Project Grant to participate in Project NExT, a professional development program for new Ph.D.s in the mathematical sciences, August 2021-August 2022.

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Zhu, Dr. Joshua

Chemoenzymatic synthesis of glycosylated and sulfated CCR5 N-terminal peptide library
National Institutes of Health, Kielstra Center Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor
This project will enable research on the N-terminal peptide of CCR5, which play important roles in CCR5-involved biological pathways such as immunological responses and cancers. Further study of these pathways is currently hindered by a lack of access to sulfated and glycosylated N-terminal peptides of CCR5 (CCR5- SGNTPs) due to diversified modification patterns, instability, and complex sugar structures. We will develop and test an efficient chemoenzymatic approach for the synthesis of a library of CCR5-SGNTPs which can serve as critical tools for biological studies.

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Zonnefeld, Dr. Valorie

Noyce Scholars: Preparing STEM Teachers to Serve in High-Need, Rural School Districts
National Science Foundation – Robert Noyce Scholarship Program - $1,200,000
Dr. Tom Clark, Dr. Jason Wyenberg, and Dr. Ryan Zonnefeld, Co-PIs
This project seeks to help Dordt recruit, prepare, and retain highly-qualified STEM teachers to teach in high-need rural school districts.

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