Dordt welcomes new faculty

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New faculty hires start the fall semester

New 21-22 faculty at Dordt

Dordt University is pleased to introduce new faculty hires:

Rev. Gayle Doornbos recently joined Dordt as associate professor of theology. Doornbos is an experienced teacher who has taught at Lynden Christian High School, Calvin Theological Seminary, Redemption Seminary, and Wycliffe College. She also teaches regularly at her local church. Doornbos earned her doctorate at the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. She also holds a Th.M. in Philosophical Theology and an M.T.S. in Biblical Studies from Calvin Theological Seminary. She has spent a significant amount of time living and working with academic and ecclesial communities in Michigan and Canada.

Steve Haney will join the Dordt community as instructor of business. Haney earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Temple University and a Master of Business Administration at Eastern University. He has spent 25 years starting and managing marketing departments. He has been a long-time adjunct at Penn State University and recently taught adjunct classes for Dordt.

Dr. Joseph Keryakos will serve as an assistant professor of health sciences at Dordt. Dr. Keryakos earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology in Honōribus with a minor in chemistry from Northern State University (NSU). He then earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with Honors College Distinction and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at South Dakota State University (SDSU). Most recently, Dr. Keryakos had the privilege of working as a Hospital Pharmacist Intern at Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center and Avera Behavioral Health Center. He has also served in a variety of roles within SDSU and NSU.

Rev. David Moser recently joined the Dordt community as assistant professor of theology. Moser received his B.A. in Bible from Cedarville University, his M.Div. and M.A. in theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, and his Ph.D. in systematic theology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. His scholarly work focuses mainly on Christology in the medieval and Reformation periods.

Sheila Mulder recently joined Dordt as instructor of education. Mulder received her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Elementary Education and endorsement in middle school language arts and science at Dordt. She taught eighth-grade science for one year at Patrick Henry Middle School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, before accepting a job as a fourth-grade teacher at Sioux Falls Christian. Mulder received her Master of Education in Educational Leadership at the University of Sioux Falls in 2015. After receiving her master’s, Sheila took on more leadership roles at Sioux Falls Christian as the elementary professional learning community and curriculum coordinator.

Dr. John Thompson will be serving as associate professor in the Social Work Department. After earning his Master of Social Work from the University of Utah, Thompson worked for several years as a counselor and then as an executive director for a counseling center in Austin, Texas. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, an M.A. in philosophy at Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in the College of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas. Thompson’s teaching emphases for the past decade include courses on psychopathology, human behavior theories, philosophy, and justice-related theology.

Julie Van Otterloo recently joined the Dordt community as instructor of social work. Julie earned a Bachelor of Social Work at Dordt and a Master of Social Work at the University of Nebraska. Van Otterloo spent most of her social work career with Bethany Christian Services of Northwest Iowa. For the past two years, she has served as a hospice social worker for Sioux Center Health. Van Otterloo also has experience as a prevention education coordinator for the Northwest Iowa Alcoholism and Drug Treatment Unit, Inc., an assistant adjunct at Dordt, and a lecturer in social work at Northwestern College.

Jesse Veenstra will serve as instructor of business and finance at Dordt. Veenstra earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Business Administration: Finance at Dordt and received his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance at Iowa State University. Over the past thirteen years, he has held a variety of positions in finance, management, and underwriting in the Des Moines area. He also served as an adjunct instructor at Des Moines Area Community College.

Dr. Rich Vyn will serve as associate professor of agriculture. Vyn earned a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Ag Business and Business Administration at Dordt. He then earned a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics at the University of Alberta and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at the University of Guelph. Vyn previously served as an associate professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph, teaching ag-business courses.

Dr. Jay White recently joined the Dordt community as assistant professor of mathematics and statistics. White earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Bible minor at Cedarville University and his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Kentucky.

As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, Dordt University equips students, faculty, alumni, and the broader community to work toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life. Dordt, located in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive university named to the best college lists by U.S. News and World Report, Forbes.com, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review. To learn more, visit dordt.edu.