Janis Hollenbeck, dean of nursing at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), recently was selected to receive a 2010 Instructional Leadership Award from the National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA). She is one of four national award recipients who will be honored April 6 at the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning in Jacksonville, Fla.
The NCIA is a professional organization affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The Instructional Leadership awards were established in 2000 and are given annually to recognize exceptional instructional administrators who use creative and innovative approaches to leadership and make a substantial impact on the community colleges they serve.
“Dean Hollenbeck has been instrumental in obtaining grant funding from the National Science Foundation for STEM,” said MCTC President Phil Davis. “She led the development of our new program in biotechnology by hiring highly driven and successful faculty and by obtaining significant outside funding support through various grants, to purchase state-of-the-art lab equipment. Her leadership and vision to make improvements to our science facilities paved the way to legislative funding for the new $20 million science building on our campus.” She worked diligently to bring on three new A.S. degree programs in biology, biotechnology and chemistry.
Hollenbeck has a long and impressive history at MCTC. She began her tenure with Minneapolis Community College prior to the merger with Minneapolis Technical College to become Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC). Former MCTC vice president Josephine Reed-Taylor noted that she “provided oversight to the merger of the technical division that included aviation, HVAC, upholstery, public safety, and machine tool technology with that of the mathematics/science, computer science, and nursing division. Her stewardship during this time was instrumental to the success of the merger.”
Hollenbeck also worked to ensure that career and technical programs met industry standards and requirements, and successfully pursued regional and national accreditation. She was instrumental in growing MCTC’s nursing program to one of the largest in the state. She also served as dean of Math and Science for more than 10 years. She delayed her retirement to take on the role of interim dean of Nursing and Allied Health despite plans to retire.
“Dean Hollenbeck’s work has extended to creating articulation agreements across many campuses, to her efforts with the Preparing Future Faculty program at the University of Minnesota, to her work with advisory committees, to her work with Campus Compact on service learning for MCTC,” says Linnea Stenson, associate vice president and dean, Academic Affairs. “That her contributions have been significant to the development of academic affairs programming at our institution is an understatement. As she approaches retirement at the end of this calendar year, we are more conscious than ever before about what big shoes she will leave to be filled.”
“It’s very heartening to have one’s work recognized in this way, but it should be known that those who are so recognized stand on the shoulders of those who came before and mentored them along the way,” says Hollenbeck. “The mentors deserve recognition as well.”
The other award recipients are Peggy Blackmon, Dean of Allied Health, Business and Technology, Southeastern Community College, Whiteville, NC; Randy Kettler, Director of Basic Skills Neosho County Community College, Chanute, KS; Jerry Moller, Dean of Academic Transfer Programs Amarillo College, Amarillo, TX.