North Seattle College faculty members Samantha Dolan, Ph.D., and Kelda Martensen were recently recognized for their leadership and contributions to higher education with the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards.
The Excellence Awards were created in 2012, specifically for community college faculty and staff. Recipients are recognized by the League for Innovation in the Community College at the annual Innovations Conference. Each recipient receives a certificate and medallion to honor their achievements.
Dr. Warren Brown, president of the college, said of the North recipients, “Dr. Dolan and Ms. Martensen have brought exceptional energy and expertise to their departments and expanded the possibilities for their students through their exemplary work. We are grateful for their leadership and thank them for their commitment to our students and to the future of the college.”
Dr. Samantha Dolan, Early Childhood Education
In just three years, Dr. Dolan has moved from part-time status in Early Childhood Education (ECE) to faculty coordinator of both the A.A.S./certificate program and the new Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) in ECE. Dolan spearheaded the design of the new B.A.S. curriculum and became the first faculty member to teach in the program.
One of Dolan’s key accomplishments was leading North to become one of just seven institutions nationally to pilot Early Ed U and Coaching Companion, an online platform for embedded practicum work. This technology has enabled full-time working adult students to maintain their full-time employment as preschool teachers while dramatically improving their teaching and coaching techniques. Dolan has also worked with the state to determine local needs and negotiate grant funding to support students. She is termed “brilliant” and “a gifted instructor” by her students and can be credited with the success of the program, which is now a prototype for programs throughout the state.
Kelda Martensen, Art
Ms. Martensen, an innovative art faculty member, recently created a new course that will allow for the teaching of book art, with a shifting focus from quarter to quarter that will accommodate print making, collage and perhaps drawing and watercolor. At the department level Martensen has led the work of revising certificates in art and jewelry and the Associate of Fine Arts in Art degree. During that process she reached out to the University of Washington to be sure courses in the first stackable certificate in art were ones the UW art faculty sought in their transfer students. She also pushed for extra space for the art department and window space to display student work and has co-chaired the Program Review Committee.
Alongside her college responsibilities Martensen continues to be an active artist with a long list of works in exhibitions, works for rent or purchase at the Seattle Art Museum gallery, and participation as a summer artist at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle.