Generous alumni and donors have created awards to recognize the excellent work done by Arts & Sciences faculty. These awards are united by a belief that faculty are the heart and soul of any university, and that the reputation of a university depends in great measure upon the quality and character of the faculty.

We warmly appreciate the countless contributions of the Arts & Sciences faculty to the education of our students. We congratulate the winners of these prestigious awards, and we thank the generous donors who make it possible.

Jacob KerbyBelbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching
Sandy McKeown, J.D., from the College of Arts & Sciences, is associate professor of political science/criminal justice and was honored in the tenure track category.


Elizabeth HansonBlair and Linda Tremere Faculty Service Award
Meghann Jarchow, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology and coordinator of the sustainability program, is the 2016 recipient of the Tremere Faculty Service Award, which honors a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding public service to the local community or to the state of South Dakota. Jarchow was instrumental in forming Greening Vermillion, a local group dedicated to sustainability issues, and the annual Earth Days celebration on campus and in the surrounding community.


David BurrowMonsignor James Doyle Humanities Teaching Award
Istvan Gombocz, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics, is the 2016 recipient of the Monsignor James Doyle Humanities Teaching Award, presented by the College of Arts & Sciences.


Ken GreenOutstanding Instructor Award
Solveig Sperati Korte, instructor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, is the 2016 recipient of the Outstanding Instructor Award presented by the College of Arts & Sciences. Korte was selected for her outstanding classroom teaching and mentoring of students.


Hongli SunPresident's Award for Research Excellence: New-Mid Career Faculty
Hongli Sun, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, is recognized for outstanding research. Sun’s research is focused on developing novel nano-biomaterials-based strategies for bone repair. Recipients for this award were selected through a highly competitive process with both university and external reviewers.


Cutler Award Winners

Richard and Sharon Cutler Faculty Awards
Two faculty members are the 2016 recipients of the Richard and Sharon Cutler Faculty Awards in Liberal Arts. Dan Van Peursem, Ph.D., Department of Mathematical Sciences, and Matthew Sayre, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology and Sociology.  The Cutler Awards are presented to faculty who advance liberal arts education through teaching and research over a three-year span.


David SwansonTruman and Beverly Schwartz Distinguished Faculty Award
David Swanson, professor of biology, has been named the fourth recipient of the Truman and Beverly Schwartz Distinguished Faculty Award.