Apr 19, 2012

College of Arts & Sciences honor faculty with Cutler Awards

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Darlene Farabee, Ph.D., of the Department of English, David Swanson, Ph.D., of the Department of Biology, and Barbara Yutrzenka, Ph.D., of the Department of Psychology, are recipients of the 2012 Richard and Sharon Cutler Faculty Awards in Liberal Arts at the University of South Dakota.

The three awards, each carrying a $4,000 cash prize payable through the University of South Dakota Foundation, are presented annually to faculty who advance liberal arts education through teaching and research over a three-year span.

Farabee, the recipient in the Humanities Division of the College of Arts & Sciences, is an assistant professor with the USD Department of English. She was recognized for outstanding teaching of early modern British literature as well as Shakespeare and drama. Her current book project, “Travel and Perception on the Early Modern Stage,” researches the representations of travel and movement in drama by Shakespeare. Additionally, Farabee conducts workshops on Shakespeare and regularly reviews local Shakespeare productions for the “Shakespeare Bulletin,” a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to commentary on Shakespeare and Renaissance drama. She earned a Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Delaware and has been a member of the USD faculty since 2008. A photo of Darlene is available for download at www.usd.edu/press/news/images/releases/Darlene_Farabee1.jpg.

Swanson, professor of biology, received the award for the Mathematics/Natural Sciences Division. Swanson has a variety of teaching and research interests, including ecological physiology, the evolution of physiological adaptation in animals and ornithology. He closely studies patterns and mechanisms of seasonal phenotypic flexibility and adaptation to cold in birds, freezing tolerance and overwintering strategies in amphibians, and woodland and wetland habitat use by migrating and breeding birds in the Northern Prairie region. As a result, Swanson has garnered grants from the National Science Foundation as well as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to continue his research. He earned a Ph.D. in zoology from Oregon State University and has been a member of the faculty at USD since 1990. A photograph of David is available for download at www.usd.edu/press/news/images/releases/David_Swanson.jpg.

Yutrzenka was recognized in the Social Sciences Division for her exemplary teaching of psychology and research mentorship at the graduate and undergraduate levels. A professor of psychology, Yutrzenka's research interests include professional issues and ethics, particularly ethical dilemmas facing rural providers and variables that facilitate or impede decisions to report ethical violations. Additionally, her research interests include the role of mental health in integrated health care and multicultural issues in clinical training. Yutrzenka, director of the Clinical Psychology Program at USD, received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of North Dakota and has been a member of the psychology faculty at USD since 1984. A photo of Barbara is available for download at www.usd.edu/press/news/images/releases/Barbara_Yutrzenka1.jpg.

The Cutler Awards were endowed in 2003 by Richard and Sharon Cutler of Sioux Falls, S.D. to recognize distinguished faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences. A former member of the board of directors of Senior Companions of Sioux Falls, Sharon Cutler has been active in Sioux Falls community organizations. Richard Cutler earned a B.A. in history and a J.D. at USD, and was awarded an honorary doctorate by USD in 1997. He has been chair of USD Foundation, co-chair of Campaign South Dakota, and chair of the board of trustees of the National Music Museum. He is an attorney with Cutler & Donahoe, LLP, in Sioux Falls.

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

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