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Shawn Bultsma

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Associate Professor

Office Address
324 C DeVos

Office Phone

Educational Leadership and Counseling


My scholarly interests focus on human flourishing and thriving, emphasizing personal growth as articulated in the field of positive psychology. In particular, my interests are concentrated on exploring various factors leading to positive social/emotional outcomes for members of society who are marginalized and oppressed. For example, I often explore the ways in which social systems and institutions can support and invest in the most vulnerable members of society (e.g., historically marginalized children and adolescents) so that individuals, communities and organizations are able to thrive.

Teaching Areas

  • School Counseling


  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Leadership and Advocacy


  • Ph.D., Western Michigan University
  • M.Ed., William Paterson University
  • B.A., Calvin College

Academic and Professional Activities

  • Vice Chair, University Academic Senate (UAS)/Executive Committee of the Senate (ECS)
  • Position Statement Committee Co-Chair, American School Counselor Association
  • Past President, Michigan School Counselor Association
  • Past President, West Michigan Counseling Association


  • The Douglas Blocksma Award, West Michigan Counseling Association
  • The Steward Award, Michigan College Access Network
  • Pew Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Grand Valley State University
  • Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, Grand Valley State University
  • Outstanding Community Service Award, Grand Valley State University
  • Outstanding Supervisor Award, Mu Beta Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, Western Michigan University
  • Outstanding Alumni Award, Counselor Education/Counseling Psychology, Western Michigan University
  • Counselor of the Year, West Michigan Counseling Association

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