Bultsma recognized with two awards
2018 Pew Teaching Excellence Award
Shawn Bultsma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Educational Leadership and Counseling; joined GVSU in 2005
Pew Awards for Excellence
The Pew Teaching Excellence Award offers GVSU faculty an opportunity to celebrate the work of their peers as teachers who inspire our students across the disciplines. This award is presented to faculty who use multiple approaches in classroom instruction and evaluation, stimulate intellectual curiosity in students, and demonstrate commitment to student learning.
Bultsma educates future school counselors in the College of Education's School Counseling (M.Ed.) program. Within the program he develops curriculum, bridging state requirements and community needs. His emphasis on inclusive excellence includes securing a grant focused on place based education from the Michigan Career Access Network. Additionally, he was awarded a grant from the GVSU Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence to implement a community-based learning project, so GVSU students could better understand the needs of historically underrepresented K-12 students. Colleagues and students celebrate his thoughtful approach. According to one student, "He is not solely a professor but a mentor. He teaches with joy, energy, humor, and enthusiasm." He works to ensure that every student in the School Counseling program is supported and mentored through close faculty-to-student mentoring.
2018 Steward Award: Creating College Access Talent
Michigan College Access Network
Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) values the professional development of individuals working in the college access field – including high school counselors and college advisors. By supporting a well-trained sector, MCAN aims to increase the number of students enrolling in, persisting through and completing postsecondary education in order to hit the Big Goal – 60 percent by 2025. The recipient of this award is an individual or organization that has dramatically contributed to increasing the skills, talent andknowledge of college access professionals in Michigan.