Success starts at Northwestern. Our professors teach it.

Dr. Young-Ji Byon

Dr. Young-Ji Byon Professor and Director of Engineering

Hired to launch an engineering program following approval by accreditors, Dr. Young-Ji Byon has teaching, research and administrative experience on three continents.

Dr. Ross Bouma

Dr. Ross Bouma Assistant Professor of Kinesiology; Department Chair

Dr. Bouma brings to students more than two decades of teaching, coaching and administrative experience.

Dr. Carrie Thonstad

Dr. Carrie Thonstad Assistant Professor of Education; Licensure Official

Dr. Thonstad’s passion for serving—and for preparing students to serve—makes her a valuable resource in the education department.

Dr. Kali Jo Wacker

Dr. Kali Jo Wacker Assistant Professor of English

An active writer and artist, Dr. Wacker is passionate about the intersection of multimedia and pop culture.

Dr. Fan Fei

Dr. Fan Fei Assistant Professor of Business

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

Dr. Jeff VanDerWerff

Dr. Jeff VanDerWerff Professor of U.S. Government & Public Life; Dean of the Social Sciences

Dr. VanDerWerff’s extensive research and experience running for public office guide his efforts to teach students about virtuous citizenship as followers of Christ.

Dr. Jennifer Schon

Dr. Jennifer Schon Director of Institutional Research; Instructor in Data Science and Statistics

Combining her interests in math and communications, Dr. Schon helps students understand how abstract concepts and data can apply to everyday life.

Vonda Post

Vonda Post Professor of Accounting

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

Dr. Rajat Emanuel Singh

Dr. Rajat Emanuel Singh Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

A biomechanical movement researcher, Dr. Singh sees his scientific studies as attempts to unravel the mysteries behind God's great design.

Todd Tracy

Todd Tracy Professor of Biology

Dr. Tracy involves students with his research into the impact of invasive species on forest and grassland ecosystems.

Dr. Angila Moffitt

Dr. Angila Moffitt Assistant Professor of Education

With teaching experience ranging from elementary school to graduate courses, Dr. Moffitt brings a wealth of strategies, resources and stories of hope to her students.

Dr. Thomas Holm

Dr. Thomas Holm Professor of Music; Department Chair

A gifted musician, Dr. Holm introduces his students to musical styles from around the world and encourages them in their growth as individuals.

Hyunsung Jun

Hyunsung Jun Associate Professor of Math and Physics

A gifted professor and researcher, Dr. Hyunsung Jun is committed to helping students learn more about God’s creation throughout the universe.

Meghan Flynn

Meghan Flynn Assistant Professor of Art

Accomplished as an artist and experienced as a teacher, Professor Flynn seeks for students to see art-making as a form of worship.

Mark Haselhoff

Mark Haselhoff Professor of Practice in Computer Science; Department Chair

Professor Haselhoff hopes his computer science classes inspire students to further explore ideas on their own.

Dr. Robert Hubbard

Dr. Robert Hubbard Professor of Theatre; Department Chair

Dr. Hubbard won a fellowship with the O’Neill Critics Institute and is a frequent contributor of movie and TV show reviews for Think Christian, a faith and pop culture blog that “helps believers connect their fandom with their faith.”

Dr. Laura Furlong

Dr. Laura Furlong Professor of Biology

With her breadth of academic experience and enthusiasm for teaching, Dr. Furlong is equipped to help her students at Northwestern learn to think critically and observe thoughtfully.

Greg Christy

Greg Christy President

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

Martha Draayer

Martha Draayer Director of the Bridge Center for Intercultural Development

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

Kris Korver

Kris Korver Head Men's Basketball Coach; Instructor in Kinesiology

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

Dr. Timothy Huffman

Dr. Timothy Huffman Professor of Mathematics; Director of the Actuarial Science Program

Dr. Huffman is the entrepreneurial developer of two different test prep programs—one that prepares students to take and pass actuarial exams; the other to help students achieve high scores on the MCAT.

Dr. Angela Holt

Dr. Angela Holt Associate Professor of Music; Director of Symphonic Band

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

Piet Koene

Piet Koene Associate Professor of Spanish, Translation and Interpreting; Department Chair

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

Dr. Jeff Schouten

Dr. Jeff Schouten Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Watching students grow and mature over their four years on campus is what draws Dr. Schouten to college-level teaching and coaching.

Randy Van Peursem

Randy Van Peursem Science Support Services Professional

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

Kendall Stanislav

Kendall Stanislav Director of Experiential Education

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

Dr. Jason Lief

Dr. Jason Lief Professor of Biblical & Theological Studies

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

Dr. Jiying (Jenny) Song

Dr. Jiying (Jenny) Song Associate Professor of Business

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

Dr. Sara Sybesma Tolsma

Dr. Sara Sybesma Tolsma Professor of Biology

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

Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson Director of Financial Aid

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

Greta Grond

Greta Grond Director of DeWitt Library

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

Dr. Kim Jongerius

Dr. Kim Jongerius Professor of Mathematics; Department Chair

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

Dr. James Mead

Dr. James Mead Professor of Biblical & Theological Studies

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

Rik Dahl

Rik Dahl Head Wrestling Coach

Coach Dahl enjoys building relationships with students, extending grace, and encouraging them through life.

Kirsten Brue

Kirsten Brue Career Counselor

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

Dr. Elizabeth Heeg

Dr. Elizabeth Heeg Professor of Biology

Dr. Heeg created practice-based software to help students prepare for the MCAT—to which Northwestern students have free access.

Dr. Han-Yen Kao

Dr. Han-Yen Kao Assistant Professor of Business; Department Chair

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

Dr. John Vonder Bruegge

Dr. John Vonder Bruegge Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies; Co-director of Honors Program

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

Dr. Valerie Stokes

Dr. Valerie Stokes Professor of Social Work and Director of Academic Diversity Initiatives

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

Dr. Chris Nonhof

Dr. Chris Nonhof Assistant Professor of Education and English

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

Kyle Ochsner

Kyle Ochsner Professor of Practice of Kinesiology

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

Dr. Erica Vonk

Dr. Erica Vonk Director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership; Associate Professor of Business

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

Drew Schmidt

Drew Schmidt Associate Professor of Theatre

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

Dr. Julie Dragstra

Dr. Julie Dragstra Assistant Professor of Nursing; Department Chair

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

Bob De Haan

Bob De Haan Instructor in Agricultural Business

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

Dr. Diana Gonzalez

Dr. Diana Gonzalez Professor of Spanish

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

Dr. Jennifer Feenstra

Dr. Jennifer Feenstra Professor of Psychology

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

Dr. Zack Varpness

Dr. Zack Varpness Associate Professor of Chemistry

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

Scott Bahrke

Scott Bahrke Head Cross Country + Track and Field Coach; Instructor in Business Education

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

Ann Minnick

Ann Minnick Associate Professor of Communications; Program Director

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

Dr. Michael Kugler

Dr. Michael Kugler Professor of History

Dr. Kugler is known for making history come alive as he guides students in thinking Christianly about the past.

Dr. Karissa Carlson

Dr. Karissa Carlson Professor of Chemistry

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

Dr. Scott Monsma

Dr. Scott Monsma Professor of Sociology; Department Chair

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.

Dr. Chris Hausmann

Dr. Chris Hausmann Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology

Dr. Hausmann is a justice advocate who teaches students evidence-based practices that lead to biblically grounded justice.