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
David Lane, Ph.D., is assistant professor of sociology and was honored in the tenure track category.


Elizabeth HansonBlair and Linda Tremere Faculty Service Award
Marni Johnson Martin, Au.D., associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, is the 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. Johnson Martin serves her community through activities that include providing hearing screenings to athletes in the South Dakota Special Olympics and to individuals at SESDAC, a Vermillion organization that serves people with disabilities.


David BurrowMonsignor James Doyle Humanities Teaching Award
Kelly McKay-Semmler, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies, is the recipient of the Monsignor James Doyle Humanities Teaching Award, presented by the College of Arts & Sciences.


Ken GreenOutstanding Instructor Award
Kadarkaraisamy Mariappan, Ph.D., lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, is the recipient of the Outstanding Instructor Award presented by the College of Arts & Sciences. Mariappan was selected for his engaging classroom and laboratory teaching.


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.


Mark Sweeney Laura Vidler

Richard and Sharon Cutler Faculty Awards
Two faculty members are the recipients of the Richard and Sharon Cutler Faculty Awards in Liberal Arts. Mark Sweeney, Ph.D., associate professor of earth sciences, and Laura Vidler, Ph.D., professor and chair in the Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics.  The Cutler Awards are presented to faculty who advance liberal arts education through teaching and research over a three-year span.


Darlene FarabeeTruman and Beverly Schwartz Distinguished Faculty Award
Darlene Farabee, associate professor and chair in the Department of English, has been named the fifth recipient of the Truman and Beverly Schwartz Distinguished Faculty Award.