Administrative Vision

I am honored to work with an outstanding administrative team. Together we seek to advance the quality and success of Northwestern College's academic program.

In my capacity as Vice President for Academic Affairs, I am privileged to work with Northwestern College's remarkable faculty, students, and staff.

Northwestern College is a vital Christian Liberal Arts College in the Reformed tradition. We are thrilled to have students from across various Christian traditions. Our talented and dedicated faculty teach and mentor students to consider new and exciting ways to use their gifts in the service of Christ and his kingdom. 

Christian higher education is facing considerable challenges related to access, affordability, and accountability. These challenges call for leaders capable of demonstrating value, vision, and financial responsibility. Thriving institutions will be those that set high standards for performance, foster innovative collaboration, trust, and action.




Institutions that focus upon narrowing the gap between the expectations of employers, and student acquisition of skills and knowledge, will effectively outpace their competitors. 
To this end, Northwestern College aims to demonstrate the value of Christian higher education by seeking to advance opportunities for student success. 

Northwestern College embodies a unique commitment to courageous and faithful learning. This leads us to pursue the unity, meaning, and purpose of all things in Christ (cf. Ephesians 1). Northwestern College is a great place for students to learn how their gifts, passions, hopes, fit with God's calling to the highest and best life.

One of the most important distinctives of Northwestern College's approach to education is its commitment to pursue learning as worship offered to the glory of God.


Academic Affairs Team

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Professor Karen Barker

Dean of Arts and Humanities
Professor of Theatre

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Dr. Dean Calsbeek

Dean of Natural and Applied Sciences,
Professor of Kinesiology

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Dr. Rebecca Hoey

Dean of Graduate School and Adult Learning

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Brenda Meyer

Academic Affairs Assistant


Dr. Jeffrey VanDerWerff

Dean of Social Sciences, Professor of U.S. Government & Public Life