Faculty Resources

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Dordt University has a wealth of faculty members who can speak, entertain, and answer questions on a variety of topics of interest to church groups, alumni, and interested constituents all over North America. We are happy to serve the greater community in this capacity.

Below you'll find a list of faculty available to speak in their specialized fields. Feel free to contact the alumni and church relations office at (712) 722-6028 or alumni@dordt.edu for more information or assistance in scheduling an appearance by one of our staff.

Business and Leadership


Head Football Coach

Coach Penner recently co-published the book Coaching the RPO Offense, which provides a step-by-step guide to why and how to implement run/pass option concepts. Coach Penner is willing to speak on the following topics:

     Philosophy and Theology of Competition
     The RPO Offense
     Team Building


Professor of Business Administration

Dale has 18 years of experience in accounting, cost management, manufacturing, sales, and distribution management, primarily at Pella Corporation. Professor Zevenbergen’s presentation is titled:

     Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement

Church and Music


Associate Professor of History

Dr. Culpepper specializes in the fields of early modern Europe and the Americas with a particular emphasis on the interaction of politics, religion, and popular culture in human societies. He is the author of Francis Johnson and the English Separatist Influence. Dr. Culpepper has several series and sessions developed that he is willing to share:

The story of Christianity:

     Salvation and Sacrifice: The Suffering and Triumph of the Ancient Church
     The Mighty Fortress: Reforming Christendom
     The Surprising Work of God: Christianity in the New World
     The World in this Generation: Christianity in a Global Society

From Reformation to Awakening: How the Reformed Tradition Came to North America
     Calvin Goes European: The Expansion of Calvin’s Reformation to England and the Dutch Republic
     Pilgrims and Cities on Hills: the Puritan and English Separatist Influence
     The Surprising work of God: Jonathan Edwards, George Whitfield, and a Reformed Awakening

Single Sessions

     Martin Luther: A Life and a Reforming Legacy
     John Calvin: his Life, Thought, and Legacy
     Ulrich Zwingli: The Neglected Tale of Switzerland’s First Protestant Reformer
     The Rise and Influence of Contemporary Christian Music in America
     Why We Need Abraham Kuyper in America: A Dutch Model for Christian Political Discourse in the United States


Adjunct Emerita Instructor in Music

Dr. De Mol’s areas of expertise include music theory, music literature, music appreciation, and music and worship. She is the author of the book Sound Stewardship. De Mol is able to give the following talks:

     Music and Worship
     Christian Foundation for our Engagement with Music



Director of the Center for Economic Education

Vicki Vermeer is passionate about equipping parents and teachers to fill the gap of economic education within our elementary and high school systems. She is available to share on the following topics:

     Teaching economic topics in K-12 classrooms
     Teaching financial literacy to any age
     Using real time simulations to teach economic principles in fun ways



Instructor of Social Work, Mental Health Therapist

Tara Boer is able to speak on the following topics:

     Child abuse Prevention and Treatment
     Child and Family Safety
     Parenting Strategies and interventions
     Mental Health and Trauma


Associate Professor of Psychology

Professor Christians leads a workshop called the Boundaries of Parenthood: Saying “YES” and “NO” in Love. The goals of this workshop are to:

     Understand the biblical themes for parenting
     Learn how our parenting is impacted by healthy and unhealthy boundaries
     Learn the basics of setting clear boundaries
     See the benefits of communicating clear boundaries


Professor of English

De Smith specializes in Early Modern British Literature, the History of English, and the English Reformation. De Smith is able to give talks on:

     The English Bible


Professor of History

A historian of ethnicity and immigration, Professor Fessler places today’s hot topics of immigration and bilingual education within a historical context – comparing today’s immigration issues to those of the past 200 years. His presentations include:

     Melting Pot or Exploding Kettle? Immigration, Bilingual Education, and American Politics
     What’s Wrong with Multiculturalism?: a Christian critique


Associate Professor of Social Work

Professor Foreman’s areas of expertise include social work, social policy and management in non-profit and public organizations. She is passionate about hunger issues and protecting and nurturing healthy families and kids. Professor Foreman is willing to speak on the following topics:

     Hunger and Poverty
     Trust in Organizations
     Community Health/Development
     Healthy groups and civility


Associate Professor of Social Work

Professor Olsen is willing to give talks on the following topics:

     Marriage and family
     Parenting adolescents and high school age children
     Foster parenting
     Healthy body image
     Safe church policies
     Church/non-profit relationships
     Calling and Vocation


Instructor of Communication

Kae Van Engen is a certified listening professional and is passionate about sharing strategies and techniques for effective listening and communication.


Associate Professor of Psychology 

Prior to teaching at Dordt, Dr. Vermeer served as a psychiatrist at an independent practice in Michigan. Vermeer is willing to speak on topics such as: 

     Neurocognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease
     Neuropsychological assessment

Media and Technology


Associate Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Breems’ research aims to understand the impact of computer technology on humans and society, and how computer technology can fit in with the development of God’s shalom. Dr. Breems has several different topics that he can speak on:

     Technology in Worship
     Managing Screen Time
     Being Intentional in our Technology Use


Digital Media Production Coordinator and Instructor of Communication

Volkers has a DVD curriculum that he has produced that can be part of a six-week or 12-week adult education class. It is titled Cultures and Religions from Around the World. This curriculum uses award-winning documentary films to explore issues like the persecuted church in china, Islam and Christianity in Mali, Voodooism and Syncretism in Haiti, the dusty trails of tradition in Nigeria, Catholicism in Mexico, and more. Volkers is also willing to give talks entitled:

     Mass media Effects on Culture
     Film History
     Christian Response to Media



Co-Dean for Natural Sciences/Associate Professor of Engineering

Dr. Brue’s research interests include biomass gasification and combustion, solar energy engineering, and the history of technology. Dr. Brue has several different topics on which he can speak:

     Energy Conversion and Conservation: The Bigger Picture
     The Future of Biofuels and Biobased Products
     Seeking Sustainability in a World of Boundaries and Limits


Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Eppinga is passionate about exploring the intersection between science and faith. He is available to speak on the following:

     Energy stewardship within our churches
     Climate Change