Three Arts & Sciences Professors Honored With Cutler Award

$4,000 Prize Goes to Faculty Who Advance Liberal Arts Education Through Teaching and Research

Cutler Award Winners Cutler Award Winners Kerby, Farabee and Schorn

VERMILLION, S.D. – Three USD professors are the 2015 winners of the Richard and Sharon Cutler Faculty Awards in Liberal Arts -- Jacob Kerby, Ph.D., Department of Biology; Darlene Farabee, Ph.D., Department of English; and Timothy Schorn, Ph.D., Department of Policital Science.

Each will receive a $4,000 cash prize through the University of South Dakota Foundation. The Cutler Awards are presented annually to faculty who advance liberal arts education through teaching and research over a three-year span.

Kerby was honored in the Mathematics/Natural Sciences Division of the College of Arts & Sciences. An associate professor of biology and member of the USD faculty since 2008, Kerby also received the Belbas Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014. His classes include Introductory Biology, Ecology, Ecotoxicology and Disease Ecology as well as Foundations of Ecology and Proposal Writing graduate seminars.

Kerby’s research focuses on the conservation of amphibian species. He is the lead coordinator of the Great Plains Chapter of FrogWatch USA, which trains citizens to recognize frog calls in order to identify species. Kerby earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis, his M.S. from California State University, Northridge, and his B.S. from Pepperdine University.

Farabee, chair and associate professor of English, receives the Cutler award for the second time in the Humanities Division. She has taught courses on British literature, Shakespeare and drama at USD since joining the faculty in 2008. Her research interests include early modern drama, early modern narratives of travel, and theories of movement and perception.

In 2014, Farabee published her latest book, “Shakespeare’s Staged Spaces and Playgoers’ Perceptions.” She is also the project director for the March 2016 exhibit of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the first complete collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, which will take place at the National Music Museum on the USD campus. Farabee earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Delaware and her B.A. from Temple University.

The award in the Social Sciences Division goes to Timothy Schorn, associate professor of political science. Schorn joined the USD faculty 20 years ago and directs the International Studies Program. He teaches Governments of the World, World Politics, Genocide in the Modern Era, Middle Eastern Politics and International Law.

Schorn has also led 14 study trips with students to locations including Cuba, Israel, and Turkey. Schorn received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Notre Dame, his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School and his B.A. from Mount Marty College.

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USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Michael Ewald
USD News