Ron Wilhelm to be inducted into Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi

Kappa Delta Pi is pleased to announce the formation of the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter. This new Honorary Chapter was approved at the 2011 Convocation Business Meeting. It honors men and women who have made significant and longtime contributions of service to Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) and demonstrated a commitment to its ideals and excellence in education.

The chapter was named for Eleanor Roosevelt because of her belief in human rights, her energy and compassion in serving people, her involvement in community service, and her commitment to educating youth. Known as America’s most influential First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884–November 7, 1962) also earned a reputation as a champion and leader of education. She once said, "It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things." Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was inducted into the Laureate Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi in 1949.

Membership in the honorary chapter is inclusive of all qualifying members, regardless of education position. Membership is by nomination, recognizing KDP members with an extensive history of involvement and commitment to the Society. Nominees do not need to be currently employed in an education position.

A nominee must have been an active KDP member for a minimum of 20 years. Nominees must have evidence of satisfying at least 7 of 12 criteria, which include service to Kappa Delta Pi as a counselor to a college chapter, service on national or international committees, attendance at least 5 KDP Convocations, contributions as a board member or periodical reviewer, contributions to KDP publications or KDP Education Foundation, and recipient of awards or recognition for teaching excellence. In addition, they should have participated in KDP programs such as Literacy Alive! (formerly Reading Is Fun), established a KDP scholarship at the local level, trained counselors, or made other significant contributions to education or the Society.

WilhelmDr. Ron Wilhelm, retired professor in Teacher Education and Administration, is among the twenty-one educators approved for the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi and will be inducted at Convo 2013 in Dallas, TX, October 24-26. Dr. Wilhelm was inducted into Delta Chapter of KDP at The University of Texas at Austin in 1987 and thus has been a member for 26 years. He completed 21 years as counselor for the award-winning Alpha Iota Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education at the University of North Texas by coaching the new co-counselors before passing the baton to them. As a Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration, he taught multicultural education, curriculum implementation and evaluation, and qualitative research methods.

Dr. Wilhelm served on the Kappa Delta Pi Educational Foundation Board of Directors. In 2007, the UNT Student Activities and Organizations Office recognized him as Outstanding Faculty Advisor. At the 2011 biennial convocation of Kappa Delta Pi, he received the O. L. Davis, Jr. Counselor of Distinction Award. He started the KDP Doctoral Scholarship in Curriculum and Instruction at University of North Texas (UNT) and currently is making efforts toward funding the Ron W. Wilhelm Kappa Delta Pi Scholarship. He has contributed over the years to the KDP Educational Foundation, most often to the O. L. Davis, Jr. Scholarship.

Dr. Wilhelm was founding faculty member of The Winston School, a private school in Dallas for bright children who learn differently. He co-founded and co-directed Proyecto Adelante, a non-profit organization in Dallas that offered legal and social services to Guatemalan and Salvadoran refugees fleeing the civil wars in Central America in the 1980s. Dr. Wilhelm lives the spirit and vision of KDP as an activist scholar who believes that knowledge gained must be knowledge transformed into praxis to enhance the common good, particularly for traditionally marginalized members of our society.

Membership in the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter is a lifetime honor and will be limited to 100 living members. Chapter members will assist in the selection of new members of the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi every biennium.

Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is a 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1911 to recognize and promote excellence in education, provide a reasoned voice for significant issues, and link learning communities of educators. Through its programs, services, and strategic partnerships, KDP supports the professional growth and teaching practices of educators throughout all phases and levels of their careers. The organization currently has more than 600 chapters and an active membership of 43,000 worldwide.

-Courtesy of Kappa Delta Pi International