#RaidersStandOut

We’re Raider Nation. We lead and serve. We’re smart and strong. Courageous and faithful. We achieve—not for ourselves, but because excellence honors God and serves others.

Faculty & staff Erica Vonk

Erica


Professor Erica Vonk is an innovative and visionary leader who is passionate about equipping students for their professional lives.

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Faculty & staff Bob De Haan

Bob


A lifelong farmer, Bob De Haan has over four decades of agricultural education experience.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Jiying (Jenny) Song

Jenny


Dr. Jenny Song’s professional experience offers international business students firsthand knowledge of business on the world stage.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Han-Yen Kao

Han-Yen


Dr. Han-Yen Kao believes that economics is all about people and economic decisions have the power to shape the world around us.

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Faculty & staff Scott Bahrke

Scott


When he’s not motivating athletes to run their best times, Coach Scott Bahrke helps his business education classes find ways to motivate their future students.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Keith Fynaardt

Keith


Dr. Fynaardt’s broad knowledge of literary genres allows him to arrange courses that are tailor-made for English students.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Diana Gonzalez

Diana


A true resident of the world, Dr. Gonzalez has studied or taught in more than five countries.

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Faculty & staff Douglas Anderson

Douglas


Professor Douglas Anderson is an experienced nonprofit executive who desires to set an example of service for his students.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Zack Varpness

Zack


Dr. Varpness views his chemistry research as an opportunity to understand the intricacies of God’s creation.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Karissa Carlson

Karissa


Dr. Carlson’s passion for science is confirmed each time she—or one of her children—makes a discovery about the world God created.

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Faculty & staff Ann Minnick

Ann


Professor Ann Minnick connects her students to area nonprofits so they can use their PR and marketing skills to serve others.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Julie Dragstra

Julie


Dr. Julie Dragstra enjoys shaping the future of nursing in her classroom while also working as an on-call hospice nurse.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Scott Monsma

Scott


Dr. Monsma’s travels have allowed him to experience cultural contexts around the world, posing new questions about his own culture and how it has shaped him.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Jason Lief

Jason


Dr. Jason Lief values teaching youth ministers and Christian educators the significance of popular culture within the context of faith.

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Faculty & staff Dr. John Vonder Bruegge

John


Dr. John Vonder Bruegge is known for his love of the New Testament and encourages experiences that allow for academic challenges and growth.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Fan Fei

Fan


Dr. Fan Fei shows his passion for economics through his excitement in the classroom and the many economic research projects he’s completed.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Emily Grace

Emily


Dr. Emily Grace is passionate about her research on physics pedagogy, faith integration and physics hardware.

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Faculty & staff Dr. James Mead

James


Dr. James Mead thrives on Old Testament teachings and helping students understand, enjoy and learn from all parts of the Bible.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Angela Holt

Angela


Dr. Angela Holt directs Northwestern’s Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and wind ensembles, while also teaching instrumental music education.

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Faculty & staff Greg Christy

Greg


President Greg Christy created new strategies and adopted a new mission, vision, diversity and Christian identity to help the college stand out.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Laird Edman

Laird


Dr. Laird Edman involves students in research focused on the cognitive science of religion.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Chris Nonhof

Chris


Dr. Chris Nonhof builds relationships with students in and out of the classroom.

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Faculty & staff Kris Korver

Kris


Kris Korver is passionate about helping his students and athletes become who God calls them to be.

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Faculty & staff Drew Schmidt

Drew


Drew Schmidt is enthusiastic about his love of church, education and the arts, and he enjoys helping students follow their passions.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Sara Sybesma Tolsma

Sara


Dr. Sara Sybesma Tolsma and her students are researching which chemicals in plants stop or slow the growth of cancer cells—and how.

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Faculty & staff Martha Draayer

Martha


Martha Draayer encourages intercultural student development by mentoring, supporting and teaching students from underrepresented groups.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Michael Kugler

Michael


Dr. Michael Kugler is known for making history come alive.

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Faculty & staff Greta Grond

Greta


Greta Grond enjoys working with students on their research projects and seeing the results of their hard work.

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Faculty & staff Kendall Stanislav

Kendall


Kendall Stanislav helps connect students with internship and study abroad opportunities, and assists them through the job search process.

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Faculty & staff Randy Van Peursem

Randy


Randy Van Peursem offers students the science support they need to succeed and models the encouragement and love of Christ.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Elizabeth Heeg

Elizabeth


Dr. Heeg not only challenges her students in the classroom, but she provides them with many hands-on experiences off campus as well.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Jennifer Feenstra

Jennifer


Dr. Jennifer Feenstra involves students in her research on volunteerism and service-learning.

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Faculty & staff Kyle Ochsner

Kyle


Kyle Ochsner develops and oversees the strength and conditioning programs for many of Northwestern’s athletic teams.

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Faculty & staff Kirsten Brue

Kirsten


Kirsten Brue encourages students to gain experience in their chosen career field.

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Faculty & staff Eric Anderson

Eric


Eric Anderson uses his combination of financial knowledge and care for students to help families find strategies to make Northwestern affordable.

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Faculty & staff Piet Koene

Piet


Piet Koene has elite certification and experience as a courtroom interpreter.

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Faculty & staff Rik Dahl

Rik


Head wrestling coach Rik Dahl enjoys building relationships with students, extending grace, and encouraging them through life.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Kim Jongerius

Kim


Dr. Kim Jongerius sees math as both art and language and encourages students to communicate mathematics effectively.

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Faculty & staff Dr. David Arnett

David


Dr. David Arnett sees God through nature, science and loving action—all of which have added to his understanding of what it means to live a Christian life.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Sally Oakes Edman

Sally


Dr. Sally Oakes Edman helps students work through problems, find healing and wholeness, and eliminate obstacles to healthy functioning.

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Faculty & staff Dr. Valerie Stokes

Valerie


Dr. Valerie Stokes provides students with a safe, encouraging environment in which she shares real-life examples from her own therapeutic practice.

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Faculty & staff Vonda Post

Vonda


A licensed CPA, Vonda Post is committed to teaching her students how to think like accountants and understand the “why” behind accounting principles.

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