Rajean WoltersAssistant to the Dean for the Arts and Humanities
Rajean Wolters was a student at Hope College from 1986 to 1990. A few highlights during her four years include a semester in Philadelphia, a June teaching term in London (which allowed for backpacking Europe thereafter) and the wonderful privilege of working as a student assistant in Hope’s Provost Office, which introduced her to the administration level of the college.
After she graduated, Rajean went on to work for 15 years as a teacher for Holland Public Schools, married Tim Wolters, had a son Jarod (Hope College class of 2019), and earned her master’s degree. God brought her back to Hope College in 2005 as the administrative assistant to the dean for arts and humanities.
Rajean’s work responsibilities include:
- Managing the dean’s schedule
- Coordinating divisional and committee meetings
- Managing divisional and committee budget reports and billing paperwork
- Recruiting, hiring, supervising and evaluating student office assistants
- Coordinating arts and humanities events, including Arts and Humanities Day and the biannual Arts and Humanities Symposiums
- Completing and processing part-time contract forms for Human Resource-generated contracts
- Coordinating SIR evaluations for arts and humanities faculty on tenure-track or promotion consideration
- Eliciting participation for the National Conference for Undergraduate Research and coordinating all Hope NCUR students’ registration, travel and hotel
- Maintaining, updating and creating new areas of the divisional website
- Assisting the office intern with social media
- MA, Western Michigan University, 1997
- BA, Hope College, 1990
Awards & recognition
Rajean gives God all the credit for His daily work through her, and the great team of Hope employees around her, especially when she received the 2014 Provost's Award for Service to the Academic Program.
Why I love Hope
Rajean loves Hope College because it provides opportunities to nourish her soul, mind and body. It is a very supportive workplace where employees encourage one another and can freely share their faith in Jesus Christ. It is family. She greatly appreciates how Hope is bringing the students into the world and the world to Hope. Interacting on a daily basis with students, faculty, staff and administrators from diverse backgrounds has been her “glimpse of heaven.”
Outside the college
Outside the college, Rajean loves to serve. She has worked for more than 20 years with developmentally disabled individuals through weekly tutoring at Special Education Ministries, weekend coverage at foster homes and summer volunteering at Camp Sunshine. Rajean is also a mentor through the Hope College Ministry Minor Mentoring program.
Rajean loves to spend quality time with family and friends. Any setting with water or nature (boating, tubing, skiing, sunsets, snow, mountains) and music will bring her joy. She thoroughly enjoys gathering with others to pray and delve deeper in God’s word. Rajean gravitates toward inspirational music, poetry, reading, movies and more.
She was raised in a German/Dutch home, so you can still make her day if you serve a good BBQ sandwich, pickle/olive side, chips and any type of “fluff” salad.
Her best memories include laughing so hard that tears stream down her face.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” —1 Thessalonians 5:16–18