Ronald Wolthuis Named Hope
Outstanding Professor Educator
Posted April 25, 2002
HOLLAND -- Dr. Ronald Wolthuis has been presented
the 38th annual "Hope Outstanding Professor Educator"
(H.O.P.E.) award by the 2002 Hope College graduating class.
Wolthuis, an associate professor of education who
is retiring at the end of the school year, was honored
during the college's annual Honors Convocation, held in
Dimnent Memorial Chapel on Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m.
The award, first given in 1965, is presented by the
graduating class to the professor who they feel epitomizes
the best qualities of the Hope College educator.
Wolthuis joined the Hope faculty in 1985. His
professional focus has been in special education, and
courses he has been teaching during the current school year
include "The Exceptional Child," "Introduction to
Emotionally Impaired," "Psychoeducational Strategies" and
Prior to coming to Hope, he was on the faculty of
Michigan State University for 14 years, most recently as an
associate professor in the Department of Counseling,
Educational Psychology and Special Education, and as
coordinator of the Severely Impaired/Autistic Teacher
His previous career experiences included
coordinating Field Test Center Research Programs for the
Cybernetics Research Institute in Washington, D.C., and
teaching emotionally impaired adolescents at Pine Rest
Christian Hospital in Grand Rapids.
Wolthuis has been active at the state and national
levels, including the Professional Advisory Boards of the
Autism Society of Michigan and the Michigan Association for
Children with Emotional Disturbance; Institutions for Higher
Education Advisory Committee; and the Education Committee of
the Autism Society of America.
He has also received honors including the Special
Recognition Award and a Professional of the Year Award from
the Autism Society of Michigan. The Hope student body
elected him a recipient of the fall, 2000, "Honorary
Professor/Staff Member" award, presented at Homecoming. He
will present the college's Commencement address on Sunday,
He has made numerous presentations at state and
Wolthuis is a 1964 graduate of Calvin College. He
completed his master's degree in special education and
doctorate in educational leadership at Western Michigan
University, in 1967 and 1970 respectively.
He and his wife Sherrie have three sons: Eric, a
1994 Hope graduate; Brian, a 1997 graduate; and Kevin, who
is graduating this year.