Outstanding Faculty Award for Distinguished Service

Lana Svien, P.T., PH.D., is Chair and Professor for the Physical Therapy Department. Svien recently completed her ninth service trip to Guatemala instituting a program that has led to the creation and implementation of development clinics for children with special needs. She was also recognized for her work in the area of interprofessional education. Svien received a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin, her M.A. in anatomy from USD, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Outstanding Faculty Award for Research Achievement

Stacy Smallfield, DrOT, is an Associate Professor for the Occupational Therapy Department. Her research includes low vision systematic review and practice guidelines in collaboration with the American Occupational Therapy Association, and she created a program that provides older adults with training and technology through the use of iPads. The purpose of this is to reduce social isolation and engage them in leisure activities as they age. Smallfield earned a B.A.in Psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College, her MSOT, Occupational Therapy, From Washington University (St. Louis, Mo.) and a DrOT, Occupational Therapy, from Nova Southeastern University.

Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence

Debralee Nelson is a Professor for the Dental Hygiene Department. Nelson has been a member of the School of Health Sciences faculty for three decades and was nominated based on her integrity, knowledge, skill, and dedication to the Department of Dental Hygiene. Nelson received her B.S. in Dental Hygiene from USD and her M.A. in Dental Hygiene from Antioch University.