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Our goal is to ensure the best possible learning experience for our students at Monterey Peninsula College, with the highest standards in teaching, learning, and support.  Whether your goal is to complete a degree or a certificate, to transfer, or participate in life-long learning, the Office of Academic Affairs is here to support you.


The Office of Academic Affairs provides leadership to advance excellence in teaching and learning through fiscally responsible academic programs and related services for students, faculty, and staff.


Serve as a leader providing outstanding educational pathways and partnerships to foster vibrant futures for our students and the Monterey Peninsula community

We value service and leadership that includes:

  • Collaboration
  • Effective Communication
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Innovation
  • Student Success


The Office of Academic Affairs oversees the administration of academic and career programs, and continuing education at our campuses in Monterey, Marina, Seaside and Online.  Our responsibilities include curriculum development and approval, catalog development, academic calendar, scheduling, faculty/staff hiring and development, and other functions related to the academic operations of the college.

The Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Jon Knolle, and the Deans of Instruction are located in the administration building (office #120) on the Monterey campus. The academic leadership team along with their areas of responsibility is listed below:

*Contact information for the Office of Academic Affairs can be found in our  Staff Directory.

Dr. Jon Knolle, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, (831) 646-3030

Alexis Bollin, Administrative Assistant, (831) 646-4033

  • Academic Affairs
  • Accreditation
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Enrollment Management
  • Faculty Hiring and Development

Judith Cutting, Dean of Instruction - Career & Technical Education (CTE), (831) 646-4039

Dylan Harbert, Admimnistrative Assistant, (831) 646-3039
David Brown, Director of Public Safety Training Center, (831) 646-4240

The Dean supports the following programs:

Also responsible for:

  • Regional Economic & Workforce Development Programs and Pathways
  • Strong Workforce Program (grant)
  • Perkins/Transitions (grant)
  • Public Safety Training Center in Seaside
  • South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Programs

Dr. Jon Knolle, Dean of Instruction - Library, Learning Resources, and Online Education, (831) 646-3030

John Skellenger, Administrative Assistant, (831) 646-4081
Alison Shelling, Dual Enrollment and Adult Education, (831) 646-3004

The Dean is also responsible for:

  • Adult Education Consortium - Pathways and Programs
  • Adult Education Block Grant
  • Dual Enrollment with High Schools
  • Guided Pathways

Dr. Vincent van Joolen, Dean of Instruction  - STEM, (831) 646-4883
Alicia Rocha, Administrative Assistant, (831) 646-4055
Laura Loop, Director of Nursing (831) 646-3025

The Dean is also responsible for:

  • Basic Skills (Math)
  • General Education Curriculum (STEM focus)
  • Pathways to University
  • Scheduling at the Education Center at Marina
  • STEM-related grants

Diane Boynton, Acting Dean of Instruction - Liberal Arts, (831) 646-4097
Sysalieu Lori Phung, (831) 646-3034
Doug Ridgeway, Theater Technical Director, (831) 646-4211

The Dean is also responsible for: