Amy Schweinle to Become Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies

Amy Schweinle Amy Schweinle will become the new Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the School of Education.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota announced that Amy Schweinle, Ph.D., chair of the Division of Counseling and Psychology of Education, will become the new Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the School of Education.

A new position at the School of Education, Schweinle’s primary responsibilities will include increasing the capacity for research by mentoring faculty and assisting with research collaborations, data initiatives and funding.

“The School of Education is committed to developing professionals across a wide range of fields who are committed to lifelong learning and best practice,” said Schweinle.

Schweinle started at USD in 2003 as an assistant professor before becoming chair of the Division of Counseling and Education Psychology in Education in 2013.

School of Education Dean Donald Easton-Brooks spoke highly of Schweinle’s new role.

“Dr. Schweinle’s leadership in research and graduate programs will move us to a level of rigor and research success that will enhance the scholarship and graduate student experience,” said Easton-Brooks. “She comes with a wealth of knowledge, experiences and ability to collaborate across the USD campus, state, country and internationally.”

Schweinle said she is excited for her next steps at USD. “The USD community is a tight-knit group of amazing professionals. We have committed faculty and dedicated students. I enjoy coming to work because of the people I get to work with,” said Schweinle.


USD's School of Education is transformative in preparing students both inside and outside the classroom. Its research- and practitioner-based programs train future educators, counselors, leaders, fitness and sport-related professionals for successful careers. The school focuses on a comprehensive learning experience, lifelong learning and developing professionals grounded in best practice. The school’s divisions include counseling and psychology, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, and kinesiology and sport management.


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.


Michael Ewald
USD News