Faculty Experts

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Featured experts

Jeff Taylor, Ph.D.

Political Science and Analysis

Dr. Taylor is a specialist in political thought and American political history including, American ideology, presidential elections, U.S. third parties, midwestern populism, social reform movements and religion and state. His scholary work includes three books: Where Did the Party Go?: William Jennings Bryan, Hubert Humphrey, and the Jeffersonian Legacy; Politics on a Human Scale: The American Tradition of Decentralism; and The Political World of Bob Dylan: Freedom and Justice, Power and Sin.

Tara Boer,  MSW

Social Work, Family Crisis

Tara Boer is a licensed independent social worker with a wealth of experience in mental health and abuse treatment, geriatric medical social work, sexual assault treatment programs, and child weldfare programs. She is trained in Motivational Interviewing, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Dave Mulder, Ed.D.


A passionate educator with experience teaching in K-12 schools before joining Dordt's education department, Dr. Mulder's specialties include educational technology and online learning.

Channon Visscher, Ph.D.

Chemistry, Earth and Planetary Sciences

Dr. Visscher is an authority on general chemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, astronomy, and the planetary sciences.

Teresa ter haar, PH.D.

Theatre Arts

Dr. Ter Haar is department chair of the Theatre Arts department and specializes in theatre pedagogy and performance, educational theatre, and theatre history.

Rob De Haan, Ph.D.

Environmental Studies

Member of the faculty senate and chair of the environmental studies department, Dr. Haan is an expert in biology, ecology, avian biology, genetics, wildlife ecology, and agro-ecology and community development.

Mark Christians, Ph.D.

Psychology, Counseling

Dr. Christians was a school counselor before coming to Dordt to be the Director of Personal Counseling and is now a faculty member in the psychology department. He leads a workshop called "Boundaries of Parenthood: Saying 'YES' and 'NO' in Love," and he specializes in biblical themes for parenting as well as communicating and setting clear boundaries. 

Gary De Vries


Gary De Vries specializes in agriculture education and leadership, including programs such as FFA (Future Farmers of America). 

Tony Jelsma, Ph.D.


With a Ph.D in cancer research, Dr. Jelsma is the chair of the biology department. He also specializes in molecular biology, developmental biology, and the creation-evolution debate.


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  • Business and LEAN Management
  • Communication & Public Relations
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  • Criminal Justice and Law
  • Digital Media
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  • History
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  • Music and Theatre Arts
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