Technology & STEM Education Staff

Peder "Pete" Gjovik - Department Chair

Peder Gjovik

Peder Gjovik is an associate professor and department chair in the Department of Technology at VCSU. Pete also serves as Co-Director of the Don Mugan CTE Leadership Center. Pete holds degrees in Liberal Arts (AA) from Lake Region State College, Industrial Technology Education (BS) from Valley City State University, and Industrial Technology (MS) from the University of North Dakota, and Occupational and Adult Education (PhD) from North Dakota State University.

Pete has experience in public and higher education. He taught industrial technology for grades 7-12 and most recently taught in a two-year college graphics program for 21 years. He also has entrepreneurial experience from ownership of several businesses. Pete began teaching for the VCSU Technology Education Department as an adjunct in 2006 and as of 2008 began teaching full-time for VCSU.

Ronald Holten - Associate Professor

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Ronald Holten is an associate professor in the Technology Education Program at VCSU.
Ron holds degrees in Industrial Arts and Social Science (BS) from Westmar College, Industrial Education and Technology (MS and PhD) from Iowa State University.

Ron has experience in higher education and K-12. He taught undergrad and graduate courses for 18 years in the Technology Department at the University of North Dakota.
He taught industrial technology for grades 7-12 in Ames, IA; Gilbert, IA; and Crystal Lake, IA.
Most recently he taught driver education at Harrisburg, SD.

Ron is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served 18 months in Germany.
He is one of the last men to be inducted into the military in 1972.

Ron is married to Becky, a local-licensed pastor of the United Methodist Church.
They have three grown children, Beth (husband Nicolas), Janet (husband Greg), and John (wife Ashley).

Ron and Becky enjoy six grand children (Alli, Lucas, Ryland, Noen, Emma, and Elli).
They also enjoy travel, reading, biking, and walks.

Jason Dockter

Jason Dockter Instructor
Jason Dockter Instructor 

I am an Instructor in the Technology Education Department at Valley City State University (VCSU). I have a M.Ed. Degree in Technology Education from VCSU, including a STEM Endorsement. Prior to coming to VCSU, I taught Technology and Engineering Education for 12 years to junior high and high school students here in North Dakota. While teaching secondary school I was honored to receive the Teacher Excellence Award for Technology Education for the State of North Dakota in 2012 and the Program Excellence Award for Technology and Engineering Education for the State of North Dakota in 2017. I am pleased to join the VCSU Technology Education Department and look forward to working with post-secondary students both in North Dakota and across the United States.


Teresa Cole - Administrative Assistant/Instructor

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Teresa Cole Adm Asst/Adjunct Instructor 

Teresa Cole is the Administrative Assistant for the Technology Education Department here at VCSU. Teresa earned her Master of Education from Valley City State University and also serves as an adjunct instructor.

Eric Ripley - Adjunct Instructor

About Eric

Roger Skophammer - Adjunct Instructor

About Roger

James Boe - Associate Professor

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James Boe is an associate professor and Director of Graduate Studies at Valley City State University. In addition to his work in Graduate Studies, he also directs VCSU's Extended Learning program and is a member of the Instructional Design Team. He has a B.S. in Technology Education from Valley City State University, M.Ed in Educational Leadership from the University of North Dakota and a Ph.D. in Occupational and Adult Education from North Dakota State University.

His previous experience has been serving as Curriculum Development Specialist, Instructor and Chair for the VCSU Technology Education program and a high school Technology Education teacher. James is married to Natalie and they have two daughters, Ashley and Sophia.