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The community feeling here is really incredible, and the fact that people take the time to actually know other people is impressive and humbling to me at the same time.
Greg Shelly ’11

Neuroscience Faculty

Dwight Krehbiel

Dwight Krehbiel

Professor of Psychology
Ext: 211
Phone: 316-284-5211
  • B.A. Bethel College 1969
  • M.S. University of Wisconsin 1975
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin 1978
Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis

Professor of Psychology, Professor of Philosophy
Ext: 292
Phone: 316-284-5292
  • B.A. Carthage College 1971
  • M.A. University of Chicago 1978
  • Ph.D. University of Chicago 1985
About Paul:

Trained as an interdisciplinary developmentalist, receiving my Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences, Committee on Human Development at the University of Chicago, IL, but also spending a lot of time in the university's philosophy department, has resulted in my currently holding appointments in the departments of psychology and philosophy at Bethel College. This dual appointment has some of its foundation in a dissertation focused on the structure and function of behavioral interpretation. I have been teaching since 1979, in departments of psychology, education, and sociology, at different colleges and universities in the Chicago area, and full-time at Bethel College, North Newton, KS since 1988, primarily in the psychology department. I have also been doing research on Schizophrenia and Mind since Summer, 1995; I and my students have made 4 presentations of this research to the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research at the 2011 and 2013 meetings. Part of my abiding interest in the disease of schizophrenia has its basis in my experience as a helping professional at two different agencies, one in Kenosha, Wisconsin, for about 3 years in the early 70's, and the other in Chicago IL, in the late 70's, early 80's. My experience at the latter agency especially piqued my interest in the severe and persistent mental illnesses, e.g., Schizophrenia, Bi-polar, Major Depressive Disorder, and Borderline Personality Disorder. This has naturally led to my becoming increasing involved in the local NAMI organization (Mid-Kansas NAMI) and helping to organize a NAMI Chapter on the Bethel College campus. I also have interest in researching the intersections between psychology and religion, and philosophy and religion, both in terms of theory and empirical research.

Francisca Méndez-Harclerode

Francisca Méndez-Harclerode

Associate Professor
Ext: 219
Phone: 316-284-5219
  • B.S. East Texas Baptist University 1996
  • M.S. Central Missouri State University 2000
  • Ph.D. Texas Tech University 2005
Jon Piper

Jon Piper

Professor of Biology and Katherine Esau Distinguished Chair in Plant Science
Ext: 215
Phone: 316-284-5215
  • B.S. – Biology Bates College 1979
  • Ph.D. – Botany Washington State University 1984
About Jon:

Jon Piper has taught at Bethel College since 1997, with a focus on organismal and field biology. Prior to his tenure at Bethel, Jon was a research associate for 12 years at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. In addition to his varied on-campus course offerings, Jon has led a January term tropical biology course in Costa Rica since 2000. In summers, he and student collaborators conduct research in prairie ecology and woodland restoration. Jon has spoken and written extensively in the areas of environmental protection and restoration. His more than 40 publications include the Island Press book Farming in Nature’s Image. Non-academic interests are international cuisine, acoustic music, and long walks on the beach.