Hazlett retired on May 8 after a distinguished career that began in August 1989. Throughout her tenure at USD, she made significant contributions to the Division of Teacher Residency & Education and Division of Curriculum & Instruction. Her impact has been far-reaching, as she taught 35 different courses and advised over 200 master’s, specialist and doctoral students during her time in the School of Education.

"Dr. Hazlett's emeritus status is a testament to her 35 years of unwavering dedication to our students and the field of children's literature and reading," said Amy Schweinle, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education. "Her impact on generations of PK-12 teachers has been profound, shaping not only our School of Education, but also the countless young minds these teachers will inspire throughout their careers."

Hazlett's leadership roles extended beyond USD, including 12 years with the National Council of Teachers of English, four years as president of the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English, officer in the South Dakota Council of Higher Education and member of the International Reading Association. She has also served as a co-editor of the journal for the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English.

Her scholarly work includes 179 peer-reviewed publications, encompassing research articles, book reviews, book chapters and a textbook on teaching diversity through young adult literature. Hazlett’s editorial work and peer reviewing for professional journals and books further demonstrate her commitment to advancing educational research and practice.

In recognition of her outstanding service, Hazlett has received recognition from the National Council of Teachers of English Policy Analysts and the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English Distinguished Service Award.

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