About Me

Dr. Timothy Van Soelen

Dr. Timothy Van Soelen
Director of CACE/Professor of Education

Phone: (712) 722-6228
Email: Timothy.VanSoelen@dordt.edu

This is my ninth year as a professor in the Education Department at Dordt College.  Prior to coming to Dordt, I served as a middle school math/computer science teacher in Redlands, CA, and as an elementary school principal in Sioux Falls, SD.  My current teaching responsibilities include History/Philosophy of Education, Research Methods, and several courses in School Leadership. I also serve as the Area Leader for the Education Department and Director for the Center for the Advancement of Christian Education, an organization that helps PK-12 Christian schools fulfill their mission.

My research interests include school leadership theories, employment practices of Christian schools, the use of technology in schools, and how to train highly effective teachers. Our Education Department was one of two colleges/universities that received a significant grant from the Iowa Department of Education to implement a Year Long Student Teaching Pilot Program. This program will have our students working in schools their entire senior year (along with a few courses in the fall semester), in other words, giving them a year's worth of experience while still in college. I am very excited that our department was chosen for this grant and feel our students are going to be even better prepared for their first teaching position. 

I also serve as the director of our graduate program. We are focused on Educational Leadership with emphases in Teacher Leadership and School Leadership. One of the most enjoyable aspects of my work is to walk alongside practicing teachers and administrators who are passionate about teaching and leading Christianly. I enjoy the opportunities to get inside the doors of many PK-12 schools every year to discover best practices, offer assistance as needed, and build a network of Christian educators. 

B.A. Dordt College, Secondary Business Education
M.Ed. Azusa Pacific University, Educational Technology
Ed.S. University of South Dakota, School Superintendent
Ed.D. University of South Dakota, School Leadership