Ronald Helms

Ronald Helms

Title: Director of Global Studies
Company: Wright State University
Location: Dayton, Ohio, United States

Ronald Helms, Director of Global Studies at Wright State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Global Studies.

As of 2016, Dr. Helms holds the title of professor emeritus at Wright State, after teaching there since 1972. He always regarded the university as the place he wanted to be, and his job was mainly preparing students to become great social studies teachers. Since he was a high school sophomore, Dr. Helms has wanted to compete at the highest level, and when he attended a first-tier institution like Ohio University, he knew he could succeed anywhere in the country. He was proven right early in his career, with a 1980 Teaching Excellence Award from Kettering Schools, a 1981 Outstanding Teacher Award, a 1981 Teacher of the Year honor from the Dayton Council for Social Studies, and most recently with a 2015 Excellence in Scholarship Award from Wright State University.

An alumnus of Fairmont State College, Dr. Helms earned a BA in education in 1966, followed by a MA in political science from the University of Dayton and a PhD in education from Ohio State University. He taught with Carlisle High School for three years before joining Wright State, and held other roles, such as chair of the Ohio Problem Solving Conference and academy coach of the International Gifted Conference. He has been a consultant and presenter at the national level, and an editor of Social Studies: Theory into Practice and Political Involvement. He is the author of over a hundred articles in professional journals, as well as “Cognitive Moral Development and Values Analysis.”

Dr. Helms has also been active in his civic sphere as chair of the Centerville Sister Cities Committee from 1979 to 1983 and again from 1990 to 1993. He was a member of the Centerville Township Unification Committee, as well as expedition leader with the Boy Scouts of America and a coach and referee of Centerville Soccer. Dr. Helms has also supported numerous industry groups, such as the Association for Government History, the National Association for Gifted Children, the Ohio Council for the Social Studies, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the Liederkranz Club. He was accepted into the Phi Delta Kappa honor society.

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