Officials at Kirtland Community College have selected Jason Tetzloff, Ph.D., to serve as the institution’s Dean of General Education and Transfer Programs. In this position, Tetzloff will oversee the institution’s general education and transfer programs, faculty and curriculum. The general education courses prepare students to complete their associates degree, vocational or occupational training and include subjects such as English, government, history, math and science. Kirtland’s transfer degree programs are designed to fulfill the requirements of the newly adopted Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which guarantees transfer credits for students planning to continue their education at a four-year college or university.
“Kirtland is poised and ready to grow—especially with the new MTA,” said Tetzloff. “In my position, I am excited to further develop the college’s transfer programs, support vocational programs with our general education offerings, and help our students to succeed on their pathway to personal success.”
An interview committee nominated Tetzloff from a pool of six candidates to replace Associate Dean Nicolas Holton, who retired following the Fall 2013 semester. “Although we had several very strong candidates, the committee ultimately selected Jason for the expertise he demonstrated in the area of general education,” said Julie Lavender, President of Instructional Services. “He also brings tremendous experience with Higher Learning Commission (HLC) assessment and union negotiation, which helped him to stand apart as the top choice.”
Tetzloff earned his doctorate in United States History Since 1877 and 20th Century Native American History from Purdue University in 1996, including minors in Modern Latin America, Anthropology and Jacksonian America. Prior to joining Kirtland, Tetzloff served as Dean of General Education and Transfer Programs at St. Cloud Technical and Community College in St. Cloud, Minn. He has also served in a variety of administrative and instructional positions at colleges in Washington, Ohio and Wisconsin after choosing to pursue a career in education following 15 years in the field of journalism.
Annually, more than 3,000 students attend a variety of occupational, skilled trades, two-year and transfer degree programs at Kirtland’s locations near Roscommon, Kirtland-Gaylord, Kirtland-West Branch and in Tawas. Kirtland also offers a wide range of online courses and degrees, all of which can be completed from home.
To learn more about Kirtland’s veteran-friendly services, programs, advising, testing, financial aid and other resources available to students, contact Michelle Devine, Admissions Coordinator, at 989-275-5000 extension 284 or visit www.kirtland.edu.