Congratulations to Debra Howland for being named Santa Rosa Junior College Employee of the Month for December 2013. Debra has been with SRJC since 1996. Up until the year 2000, she served as an Admissions & Records Technician before dedicating the rest of her career as an Articulation Specialist. She is responsible for facilitating the development of articulation between SRJC and other academic institutions.
Martin (Marty) Lee, Dean III of Counseling & Support Services, nominated Debra for her accuracy, timeliness, and leadership as an Articulation Specialist. “Debra has provided critical and timely information to students, counseling faculty and instructional faculty that has directly impacted the success of students wanting to transfer to universities, other community colleges, or from other institutions to SRJC. She has been accurate with her information, has supported faculty in creating articulation agreements and has helped others gain understanding regarding what curriculum adjustments may be necessary to comply with both the UC and CSU articulation requirements,” said Dean Marty Lee.
As an Articulation Specialist, Howland also works closely with the Transfer Center Director and Counseling faculty to provide SRJC students with useful and timely articulation and transfer information. She also serves as a consultant to academic departments in the development of transfer curriculum, and represents the College in various state wide programs such as ASSIST and C-ID.
“Debra has also been the Chair and resident expert of the General Education Subcommittee as well as assisting in creating Advance Placement and International Baccalaureate credit agreements,” Dean Marty Lee added. Debra also sits on the Curriculum Review Committee, Majors Review Committee, and chairs the General Education Subcommittee.
Debra believes her greatest accomplishment has been to help students prepare for and reach the goal of successful transfer. She mentions, “SRJC is highly regarded throughout our state for preparing students to transfer and to be successful afterward. I’ve been proud to be a part of that and have been determined to do my best to play a role in continuing the tradition.”
Debra was born and raised in Stockton, CA and later moved from Santa Clara to Mendocino County to be with her husband. She attended San Joaquin Delta College, received both her BA in Behavioral Science and MPA in Public Administration degrees at San Jose State University.
Debra stays busy with family; her husband, Richard, three stepchildren, and grandchildren. She also makes sure to visit her 88 year old father in her hometown from time to time. Debra also enjoys “the sport of shopping” as a hobby.
Now reaching retirement, Howland closes the chapter on 17 outstanding years of working in SRJC’s Articulation Department. The Academic Senate for Santa Rosa Junior College “encourages Debra to enjoy shopping and traveling adventures, reading, her grandchildren and four-legged family.”
When told of her nomination Debra felt surprised, honored, and thankful for the nomination and said “I am retiring at the end of December, so I’m pleased to be remembered in this way.”