Faculty Profile: Daniel Woolsey
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Dr. Daniel Woolsey was first attracted to Hope to teach as he
was searching for smaller undergraduate institutions with an emphasis
on research in a vibrant faith context.
“Hope offers a unique
blend of research opportunities and the liberal arts tradition.
This combination, plus Hope’s unique stance
as a Christian liberal arts college, was a very strong draw for
me,” he says. “When
I interviewed at Hope, I also had open invitations to visit other
church-affiliated schools, but I fell in love with Hope.”
his time at Hope, Dr. Woolsey’s first impressions of the
college have remained true. “For me, what makes Hope unique
is that it is a Christian liberal arts college where students are
not obligated to sign any form of faith statement, but may explore
their faith honestly and grow not only intellectually but also
spiritually if they so choose,” he says. “Our chapel
program on campus is outstanding, and one of the reasons is the
fact that students get to choose to participate.”
appreciates that the college’s faith dimension complements
a solid academic program. He is a passionate advocate for his own
discipline, believing that education in language classes is crucial
in today’s world. “Spanish at Hope College is a great
program to be in right now. Due to the interconnectedness of the
world today, having Spanish as a tool is beneficial to any professional,” he
Spanish students are able to volunteer in their communities
as well. Some students volunteer as teaching assistants in local
programs, while others volunteer with the English as a Second Language
(ESL) program to teach English to Spanish-speaking Holland residents.
volunteering, Dr. Woolsey also invites students to conduct nationally-recognized
research in Hispanic linguistics and literature.
Hope also offers
various long- and short-term study-abroad opportunities for students
to learn about other cultures and to speak languages outside
of the classroom. “Each program offers a unique set of opportunities,
from intermediatelevel learners, to advanced service-learning experiences,
internships and independent research projects,” he says.
In addition to Hope’s variety of study abroad programs, Dr.
Woolsey also views the college’s class sizes, faculty-student
ratios and personalized educational experiences as advantages. “One
of the things I like most about Hope is that I can develop good
friendships with many of my students and I get
to see them around campus and even in other classes as they grow
and mature,” he
says. “That is very rewarding for me.”
This profile was written by Christopher M. Lewis, a 2009 Hope
College graduate from Troy, Mich., for the 2009-2010
Hope College Catalog.
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