Faculty Resources

Dordt College 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.

Dr. Ethan Brue

Co-Dean for Natural Sciences/Associate Professor of Engineering

Ethan Brue has been part of the Engineering Eepartment since 2000. Dr. Brue has taught Heat Transfer, History of Science and Technology, Fluid Mechanics, Machine Design, Intro to Engineering, Solar Energy Engineering, Dynamic Systems, and Material Science. His research interests include biomass gasification and combustion, solar energy engineering, and the history of technology. Dr. Brue is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of Iowa.

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

Mark Christians

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.

Dr. Paul Fessler

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. Possible talks include:

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

Mark Volkers

Digital Media Production Coordinator and Instructor of Communication

Volkers spent the past decade as a photojournalist, writer, and documentary filmmaker for the Christian Reformed Churchdenomination. He’s won several national awards for documentary work and has done numerous ads and promo pieces for corporations, businesses, and non-profits. He also served in Kenya as a missionary for seven years.

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.

Dale Zevenbergen

Instructor of Business and Executive Director of Enrollment

Professor Zevenbergen teaches Marketing and Operations Management. 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. He will draw heavily on principles learned and cases from his work in management at one of the top 100 companies to work for in America.