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nursing faculty in doctoral programs. She holds a doctor of
philosophy in nursing from The University of Tennessee, master
of science from University of Central Arkansas, a bachelor of
science in nursing from Creighton University and a bachelor of
science in biology from University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Emily Smith, R.N., M.S.N.
was welcomed
to USD Nursing in August 2012. Emily
relocated to Sioux Falls from Colorado and
is teaching in both the R.N.-B.S.N. and
associate degree programs. Her specialty
area is maternal child and neonatal intensive
care. Prior to joining USD, Emily taught for
Colorado Mountain College. Emily began her nursing career as
a graduate from USD’s associate of science in nursing program.
In addition to her associate degree, Emily has gone on to earn a
bachelor of science with a major in nursing from South Dakota
State University and a master of science in nursing from Grand
Canyon University.
USD Nursing 2011-2012 Nursing Excellence Awards
Dr. Carla Dieter, Ed.D., R.N., F.N.P.-B.C., chair of the
Department of Nursing, presented the 2011-2012 nursing
excellence awards to the following recipients at the May 2012
program wide faculty meetings held in Vermillion.
Vicki Owen, R.N.,
instructor, Rapid City
campus, was honored with the Excellence in
Teaching award for being a dynamic teacher,
creating a positive learning environment,
motivating students and making class fun for
students. She is an excellent communicator
who takes on new challenges with a positive
attitude. She is not afraid to help students stretch their abilities.
One student thanked Vicki for doing exactly that: “I want to
thank [Vicki] for pushing me to my limit because I now see that
I can do what needs to be done, and to do it in a professional
Nancy Kertz, Ph.D., F.N.P.-B.C.,
director of the R.N.-B.S.N.
program, interim director of the Sioux Falls campus and assistant
professor, was honored with the Excellence in Scholarship
award in the area of research for completion of her dissertation-
grounded theory study, “The Recognition of Child Abuse:
Expert Providers’ Experience.” Kertz used the
Strauss and Corbin grounded theory method
in developing her model. This is the first
grounded theory study to date in the area of
child abuse and recognition of child abuse.
Her work significantly contributes to the body
of knowledge in the area of child abuse.
Barbara Stolle, R.N.,
instructor, Distance
Program, received the Excellence in Service
award for her committee work, professional
service and being a role model for others.
Stolle goes the extra mile to provide support
to students and committee members, while
still finding time to meet with students if
needed. Whether it is staff or student, she puts in that bit of
extra to help them succeed.
Janet Fleck,
Learning Lab coordinator, Sioux
Falls Campus, received the Excellence in
Caring award for her outstanding support
for students and faculty. Fleck performs
responsibilities efficiently and effectively in
a caring manner. She is highly organized
and is consistently proactive in preparing
labs, striving to make the students’ learning experiences run as
smoothly as possible. Fleck recognizes the importance of each
student experience in the lab and is committed to high quality.
USD School of Health Sciences
Outstanding Faculty Award
Heidi Johnson-Anderson, R.N., M.S.N.,
instructor and clinical coordinator, Distance
Program, was presented the Outstanding
Health Science Faculty award by Michael
Lawler, Ph.D., M.S.W., dean of the USD
School of Health Sciences and Mary
Nettleman, M.D., M.S., M.A.C.P., vice
president for USD Health Affairs, at the May state-wide
faculty meetings. Johnson-Anderson earned this award for role
modeling, motivating, teaching to different learning styles and
engaging learners. Student comments have complemented her
teaching as exemplified by one student’s words: “You can see that
Heidi] was born to teach and loves doing it. When I get out in
the real world, I will remember her for a lifetime.”
Faculty/Staff Awards