Academic Degrees, Licenses, Credentials

Doctor of Business Administration, Wilmington University

Master of Business Administration, University of North Dakota

Bachelor of Science Business Administration, Dickinson State University

Additional Information

Dr. Holly Gruhlke began working for the School of Business and Entrepreneurship in 2012 as an instructor.  In 2013, Dr. Gruhlke was promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor of Business.  She has taught a variety of courses for the School of Business and Entrepreneurship, including strategy, management, leadership, and entrepreneurship.  Gruhlke is a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a Masters of Business Administration and Wilmington University with a Doctorate in Business.  Dr. Gruhlke’s dissertation research focused on understanding the preparedness of undergraduate business students for the workforce.  Other areas of research that she engages in includes topics in strategic planning, management issues, and corporate leadership.  Her research has been published in the Leadership & Organizational Management Journal, Ethics Journal, Career Journal, and the Quarterly Review Journal as well as in local newspapers.  She was the Outstanding Teacher of the Year in Education, Business, and Applied Sciences in 2016 and the Distinguished Educator of the Year in 2017.  In December 2017, Dr. Gruhlke was recognized as Prairie Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40”, an annual contest that names 40 people from throughout the Dakotas and western Minnesota who have "impressed in their careers and enhanced their communities”.  Gruhlke enjoys being a member of the Power of 100 Women and serving on the CHI St. Alexius of Dickinson Patient and Family Advisory Board.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” This is the perfect example of how my teaching has grown and evolved throughout my tenure at Dickinson State University. I have come to the understanding that in order to influence student growth, students must be able to “touch” complex aspects with their own hands. Students have come to enjoy the experiences they are having within the classroom, and I have found that this method of instruction applies to all courses I teach, regardless of the topic.