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University Senate

The USD University Senate is the faculty representative body for the University of South Dakota. The Senate has the responsibility to act as the voice of the faculty and helps to oversee university curriculum, student organizations and provides recommendations for graduation among other duties.

The senate and its leadership are in regular contact with representatives of the administration and serve on numerous university committees. These duties are performed within the scope of state law and Board of Regents policy.

Composition of the Faculty

The president, the academic deans, professors, professors emeriti, associate professors, assistant professors, instructors, lecturers, senior lecturers, assistant librarians, associate librarians and librarians shall constitute the faculty of the University of South Dakota. Any person having academic tenure, not otherwise qualified, shall be considered a member of the faculty.

The university senate represents the faculty with one representative for each 15 faculty members who teach 50% or more, with at least one seat allotted to each college and school as well as the university library.

Faculty Senators

Get to know the faculty who serve as Faculty Senators.
Bio Image for Faculty Member Sara Lampert

Sara Lampert

Associate Professor
Bio Image for Faculty Member Skip Willman

Skip Willman

Associate Professor

Specialty

Contemporary Literature
Critical Theory
Bio Image for Faculty Member Nathan Bates

Nathan Bates

Associate Professor of Practice
Bio Image for Faculty Member Bess Vlaisavljevich

Bess Vlaisavljevich

Associate Professor
Bio Image for Faculty Member Pere Miro

Pere Miro

Associate Professor
Bio Image for Faculty Member Hugh Britten

Hugh Britten

Associate Chair, Biology/Professor
Bio Image for Faculty Member Sandy McKeown

Sandy McKeown

Coordinator, Criminal Justice/Associate Professor
Bio Image for Faculty Member Isaiah Cohen

Isaiah Cohen

Assistant Professor

Specialty

Education, Marriage & Family, Law, & Mixed Methods
Bio Image for Faculty Member Thomas Mrozla

Thomas Mrozla

Assistant Professor
Bio Image for Faculty Member Mandy Williams

Mandy Williams

Associate Professor
Bio Image for Faculty Member Victor Shonk

Victor Shonk

Associate Professor
Bio Image for Faculty Member Amy Laursen

Amy Laursen

Associate Professor

Specialty

Horn
Bio Image for Faculty Member Michael Matthys

Michael Matthys

Assistant Professor
Bio Image for Faculty Member Timothy OKeefe

Timothy OKeefe

Dean, Beacom School of Business
Bio Image for Faculty Member Timmi Johnson

Timmi Johnson

Health Science Librarian/Associate Librarian
Bio Image for Faculty Member Kurt Hackemer

Kurt Hackemer

Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost

Specialty

19th Century American Military & Naval History
Bio Image for Faculty Member Adam Ladwig

Adam Ladwig

Assistant Professor
Bio Image for Faculty Member Amanda Bainbridge

Amanda Bainbridge

DNAP Assistant Director
Bio Image for Faculty Member Tallie Cassanova

Tallie Cassanova

Instructor/BSSW Program Director
Bio Image for Faculty Member Shana Cerny

Shana Cerny

Associate Professor
Bio Image for Faculty Member Regan Luken

Regan Luken

Student Services Director/Instructor
Bio Image for Faculty Member Klaus Beckmann

Klaus Beckmann

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs

Specialty

Finance - incl Banking
Bio Image for Faculty Member Mike Allgrunn

Mike Allgrunn

Professor

Specialty

Econometrics, Labor Economics, Analytics,Economics/ Managerial Economics
Bio Image for Faculty Member Gary Cheeseman

Gary Cheeseman

Associate Professor
Bio Image for Faculty Member Carla McMurryKozak

Carla McMurryKozak

Instructor

Specialty

K-12 Special Education
SecondaryEduccation
Bio Image for Faculty Member Gregory Brazeal

Gregory Brazeal

Assistant Professor

Specialty

Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Cyber Law
Bio Image for Faculty Member Scott Druecker

Scott Druecker

Assistant Professor

Specialty

Educational Faculty
Bio Image for Faculty Member Lisa McFadden

Lisa McFadden

Associate Professor

Specialty

Cardiovascular and Neuroscience
Bio Image for Faculty Member Victor Huber

Victor Huber

Professor

Specialty

Microbiology

Our work

Learn more about the work of the Faculty Senate below.

Scheduled Senate Meetings

All of University Senate meetings are held in MUC 216, unless otherwise noted. These are our current meeting dates:

  • September 6, 2023 4 p.m.
  • October 4, 2023 4 p.m.
  • November 1, 2023 4 p.m. 
  • December 6, 2023 4 p.m.
  • January 17, 2024 4 p.m.
  • February 7, 2024 4 p.m.
  • March 6, 2024 4 p.m.
  • April 3, 2024 4 p.m. (Meeting at Farber Hall)
  • May 1, 2024 4 p.m.

  

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