Dordt College News

Bosma receives John Calvin award

May 15, 2007

John Calvin Award Presented To Cella Bosma

Cella Bosma, professor of education at Dordt College, was presented the 2007 John Calvin Award at a year-end event for Dordt’s faculty and staff Saturday, May 12.

The award, which comes with a privately funded $500 honorarium, is presented annually to a Dordt College faculty member who demonstrates in their teaching both ability and commitment in articulating a Calvinistic perspective. Recipients are selected based on nominations from graduating classes and faculty.

Three selected graduating classes were asked which of their Dordt professors inspired and instructed them most in the development of a Calvinistic world and life view and in applying those views to issues of contemporary society.

Dr. Carl E. Zylstra in presenting the award said that alumni nominations expressed appreciation to Bosma for teaching them how to integrate Christian principles into whatever subject matter they would be teaching. Alumni said that while modeling the integration of Christian principles in her own pedagogy, her personal faith became an inspiration for their Christian discipleship as well.

Bosma has been an instructor in the education department since 2001, and teaches multicultural issues, applied educational psychology for the elementary teacher, social studies methods, and Bible Methods. She earned her B.A. at Dordt College, a M.Ed. at Northwestern College, and taught in elementary classrooms for 20 years before coming to Dordt College.

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