Dordt University is pleased to introduce new faculty hires who will be joining Dordt starting Fall 2019:
Dr. Shaun Stiemsma will serve as an associate professor of English. Stiemsma earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education from Calvin College, as well as a Master of Arts and Doctoral Degree in English Language and Literature from The Catholic University of America. Prior to Dordt, Stiemsma served as an English Instructor at The Catholic University of America, and has teaching experience at the University of Maryland, the U.S. Naval Academy, and Chapelgate Christian Academy.
Dr. David Westfall will serve as a faculty member in the Theology Department. Westfall earned a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies and Greek from Calvin College, a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate in New Testament from University of St. Andrews. Prior to Dordt, he served at St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews, and conducted research under his doctoral adviser, Dr. N.T. Wright.
David Platter will serve as an assistant professor of art. Platter earned a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies at MidAmerica Nazarene University and a Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in sculpture at the University of Kansas. Prior to Dordt, Platter taught at Southwest Baptist University, Emporia State University, University of Kansas, and Kansas State School for the Blind.
Dr. Onsby Rose will serve as an associate professor of music. Rose earned a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music at East Tennessee State University, a Master of Music in Wind Conducting at Appalachian State University, and will be receiving a Doctoral Degree in Conducting from The Ohio State University. Rose's prior experience includes teaching at The Ohio State University, Appalachian State University, Caldwell Community College, and Hampton High and Elementary Schools.
Dr. Carrie Groenewold will serve as an associate professor of music. Groenewold earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organ Performance and Pedagogy at Dordt, a Master of Sacred Music at the University of Notre Dame, and a Doctor of Musical Arts. Prior to Dordt, Groenewold served at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, taught at Western Michigan University and the University of Kansas, and adjudicated at Quimby and Rotman Organ Competitions.
Dr. Derek Chitwood will serve as an assistant professor of engineering. Chitwood earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, as well as a Doctorate in Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California. For the past nine years, Chitwood has been serving as owner and technical director of Rural Development Partners International in Yunnan, China, and has teaching experience at Fresno Pacific University.
Mindy De Jager will serve as an instructor of nursing. De Jager earned a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science and Pre-physical Therapy at Dordt and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Creighton University. She also earned a Master of Science in Nursing and is a Family Nurse Practitioner. Prior to Dordt, De Jager served at Hawarden Regional Healthcare, Sanford Sheldon Hospital, Hegg Memorial Health Center, and McKennan Hospital.
Dale Vos will serve as an instructor of agriculture operations. Vos earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management at William Penn University and a Master of Divinity at Western Theological Seminary, as well as a Master of Business Management in Project Management from Lakeland University. Vos’s prior experience includes serving at AgReliant Genetics in Westfield, Indiana, and has teaching experience at Wisconsin Technical College.
Taylor Hoekstra will serve as an instructor of physics and engineering. Hoekstra earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering at Dordt. He also earned a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of South Dakota.
Laurel Koerner will serve as an associate professor of theatre arts. Koerner earned a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art from Dordt, a Master of Arts in Theater and Performance Studies from Bowling Green State University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts. Koerner has been serving as the Director of Theatre and Assistant Professor of Theatre at Tabor College since 2013.