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Kathryn Birkeland
  • Associate Professor 
Kathryn Birkeland, a USD alumnus, returned as a faculty member in 2011. Her teaching areas include macroeconomics, monetary economics, and the economics of education in addition to principles of economics. She has extensive training and experience in online teaching. Birkeland is a USD Honors Program alumnus (BSBA ’01) and now teaches in the program. In 2016, she was the recipient of USD’s prestigious Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Beacom School of Business Award for Faculty Excellence in Research. She specializes in research on the economics of higher education including access to college and state financial aid policies. Birkeland graduated from Arizona State University with a Ph.D. in 2007 and a M.S. in 2004. In addition to her work on campus, Kathryn serves on the Executive Board of United Way of Vermillion. She and her husband live in Vermillion with their two children.
Scott Breuninger
  • Associate Professor & Director, Honors Program
Scott Breuninger grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and received his B.A. from Bucknell University, before earning a Ph.D. in European Intellectual History at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2002. His research focuses on the social, moral and economic dimensions of the Enlightenment, particularly how this movement was expressed in Ireland. This work has resulted in a book (Recovering Bishop Berkeley: Virtue and Society in the Anglo-Irish Context), a co-edited collection (The Bonds of Society: Sociability and Cosmopolitanism on the Fringes of the Enlightenment) and numerous articles and chapters exploring aspects of the Enlightenment in Irish and Atlantic history during the eighteenth-century. Scott has been a faculty member in the History Department since 2004 and also serves as the Director of the University Honors Program. He regularly teaches courses in British and Irish history, as well as classes specifically designed for Honors students. In 2010 he was the recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Schwartz Distinguished Faculty Award and the Cutler Award for Research and Teaching.
 Anne Cipperley
  • USD Alumna ('09)
Anne has worked at the South Dakota Investment Council since 2009. As a portfolio manager, she manages high yield bonds in the energy, healthcare, media, leisure, gaming and metals/mining industries. During her time at the Council, she, and two of her colleagues, created a proprietary model to value high yield bonds. Anne graduated summa cum laude with honors from the University of South Dakota in 2009 with a bachelor of science in economics and a minor in mathematics. Anne played basketball for the Coyotes for two years, was a Presidential Alumni scholarship recipient, participated in the honors program, studied abroad in both the Czech Republic and Greece, and won the Midwest Economics Association’s 2009 Undergraduate Paper Competition with her honors thesis titled “The Cost European Union Consumers Bear to Support Rural Dairy Farmers.” Anne currently lives in Sioux Falls with her husband Kyle Cipperley. Both are USD trustees.   
Seth Foss
  • USD Student
A junior at the University of South Dakota, Seth is majoring in psychology with a minor in business. He plans on finishing his undergraduate in the spring and continue at USD to earn his masters in human factors psychology. In 2015, he was named a recipient of the Presidential Alumni Scholarship. Seth was recently chosen as the Vice President of a new organization on campus, Food Organization for the Optimization of Diets (F.O.O.D.) and is active in Greek Life as a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. His hobbies include playing guitar, piano and drums, and spending time with family and friends.  Seth Foss
Michael Hook
  • Associate Professor, Art Foundation Coordinator
Phillip Michael Hook came to the University of South Dakota in 2006. He has taught two-dimensional design, color theory and all levels of drawing for the past ten years at USD. Hook is also the academic advisor for all freshmen in the art department as well as mentor for all graduate teaching assistants teaching art classes. Professor Hook’s research interests are in the areas of landscape and abstraction, works on paper, printmaking and hand-bound books. Professor Hook grew up in the small town of Boonville, Missouri though originally from Kansas City. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Missouri. Hook has frequently exhibited work throughout the Midwest and has been selected to participate in many juried competitions and invitational exhibitions throughout the United States.  Phillip Michael Hook
Eric Jepsen
  • Associate Professor
Eric M. Jepsen, Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Internship Coordinator in Political Science, received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of New Mexico in 2006. His teaching and research interests include comparative politics, international relations, political economy, democratization, Latin American politics and South Asian politics. His research on sub-national economic development in India and Mexico has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Social Science Research Council, and he received a Fulbright Awards to India in 2002 and 2012. He has previously taught at the University of New Mexico and the University of Vermont. 
Christina Keller
  • Professor Emeritus of Physics
A member of the USD faculty for 28 years, Tina recently retired as professor of physics and director of the physics program serves and from the position of associate dean in the College of Arts & Sciences . Tina taught a variety of physics courses during her time at USD, including calculus-based introductory physics, modern physics and astronomy. In 2006, she was the recipient of USD's prestigious Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has been involved in the state's efforts to convert the Homestake Mine in western South Dakota into a deep underground science lab where experiments searching for Dark Matter and Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay are located. She has also served as the Faculty Athletics Representative for USD from 2006 until 2017, and played a key role in the institution's transition from NCAA Division II to Division I. Keller graduated from North Dakota State University with a Ph.D. in 1988 and B.S. in 1984. In 2010, she was named distinguished alum of the NDSU College of Science and Mathematics.
Pierce Libbey
  • USD Student

Pierce Libbey is a senior at USD and a recipient of a Presidential Alumni Scholarship. He is a Law Honors student and plans to pursue both a JD and MBA after completing his undergraduate degree, which includes his major in Business Administration and minor in Legal Studies in Business. Pierce is involved with two honor societies that have charters at USD. He serves as the Vice President of Mortar Board and is an active member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international business fraternity. Outside of the classroom, Pierce has been proud to represent the Coyotes as a member of the Cross Country and Track & Field teams throughout the past three years. Beyond running, Pierce is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys rock climbing as well as hiking and mountain biking. He has shared these passions with other students as the President and then Events Coordinator of Climb USD, the climbing and outdoors club on campus.  Pierce Libby
Sara Mart
  • Academic Advisor
A graduate of USD with a bachelor's degree in speech communication ('91) and a master’s in communication studies ('06), Sara Mart worked for six years in admissions for Southwestern College (Kan.) before returning to USD in 1997 to work in the Admissions Office as an Admissions Counselor and then as the Associate Director of Admissions. In 2007, she transitioned to the Academic & Career Planning Center where as Assistant Director, she advises nursing majors, coordinates the First-Year Experience, and enjoys teaching USD 101 to freshmen nursing majors each fall. Sara enjoys supporting the USD Coyotes and the Vermillion High School Tanagers where her children are actively involved in music and sports.
Michelle Maloney
  • USD Alumna
A third generation USD alum, Michelle Maloney graduated with a degree in English and a minor in mass communications (now known as contemporary media and journalism). A supporter of all things USD, she serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Athletic Board of Control and the Howling Pack Board of Directors for USD. Michelle has owned and operated several businesses in Vermillion including Carey's Bar, RED Steakhouse and Scoops Ice Cream, and currently owns Maloney Real Estate and Property Management. She lives in Vermillion with her husband Kevin Murley (MFA 96').  Michelle Maloney
Charlie Mechling
  • USD Student

Charlie Mechling is a junior at USD and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences with a minor in Psychology. After graduation, Charlie plans on attending graduate school to work towards a degree in Occupational Therapy. Charlie loves kids and would eventually like to become a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. Charlie was awarded the Presidential Alumni Scholarship in 2016 and is beginning research for her senior honors thesis. Charlie is a member and captain of the USD Women’s Swimming and Diving team, and is also a SAAC representative. Charlie enjoys supporting Coyote Athletics, working with the Special Olympics swim team, and spending time outdoors. Charlie Mechling 
Daniel Mourlam
  • Assistant Professor
Daniel Mourlam is an assistant professor in the School of Education and came to the University of South Dakota in 2015. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in educational technology, STEM and teaching methods. He earned his doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Dakota and prior to coming to USD, was a technology coordinator, teacher, technology specialist and project manager at both K12 and post-secondary institutions. He is an active member of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, which is the leading organization for the development and dissemination of theoretical knowledge, conceptual research, and professional practice in the effective use of educational technology in teacher education. Daniel works with local schools to promote the effective use of educational technologies in teaching and learning through professional development. His research interests are in the areas of teacher knowledge for teaching with technology, child digital technology and media skills and teacher education. 
Lamont Sellers
  • Associate Vice President, Diversity
Lamont Sellers was born and raised in Hampton, VA. He graduated from Shaw University in Raleigh, NC with a B.A. in secondary mathematics education and taught high school math at CD Hylton High School in Woodbridge, VA. During his time teaching he became a diversity and social justice trainer for Prince William County Schools. His interests in multicultural affairs, diversity and social justice continued during his graduate studies at the University of Denver where he earned a M.A. in higher education administration and was the Associate Director and African American Services Coordinator in the Center for Multicultural Excellence. Lamont has also held positions as Director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium (Dallas, PA), Associate Director of the Diversity Institute at Misericordia University (Dallas, PA) and Senior Academic Advisor at Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA). He joined USD in September 2014 as the inaugural Director of the Center for Diversity & Community and most recently was promoted to Associate Vice President for Diversity. Lamont remains committed to the ideals of social justice and that excellence is inclusive. Lamont Sellers
Luke Smith
  • USD Student
Luke Smith is a senior at USD and is pursuing a degree in medical biology with minors in interdisciplinary sciences and psychology. He is an honors student, an Alumni Student Scholar and a recipient of the Mickelson Scholarship. His future plans include attending medical school and becoming a family physician. Passionate about social justice and community engagement, he is currently the president of the service-learning organization, AWOL. Additionally, he is the supplemental instructor for genetics where he promotes good learning behaviors and provides academic assistance to students in difficult classes. He is also involved in the USD Concert Choir, St. Thomas More Newman Center and Coyote Capital Management. Luke is performing undergraduate research in molecular biology to determine how variation in gene expression causes differences in muscle performance in Anolis lizards. His other interests and hobbies include playing piano, baking, hiking and reading.
 Luke Smith
Andrew Sykes
  • Professor and Chair
Andrew Sykes, has been a member of the USD chemistry faculty since 1994. Dr. Sykes is an inorganic chemist and X-ray crystallographer and has been chair of the Department of Chemistry for the past six years. He is actively involved in providing research opportunities for undergraduates in science, including attracting significant funding from the National Science Foundation that sponsored four previous Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs. REU provides ten week intensive summer research experiences for undergraduates who work one-on-one with faculty on their research and culminates with students presenting at state, regional and national scientific conferences. In his spare time, Dr. Sykes restores classic British sports cars.
Susan Tuve
  • Senior Director of Planned Giving, USD Foundation
Susan Tuve attended the University of South Dakota for two years and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in anthropology (a degree not available at USD at the time). The experience at both schools gave her an appreciation for the faculty support and academic and service opportunities afforded at USD as opposed to a much larger university. With a liberal arts background she had a successful career in the business world as a trust and investment banker. Her current position is with the University of South Dakota Foundation, an entity dedicated to raising private dollars for support of the University of South Dakota. She and her husband are chaperones for the USD Chamber singers when they go on tour. She is an avid Coyote fan. Her hobbies include reading, biking and jigsaw puzzles.
Hannah Williams
  • USD Student

A junior at the University of South Dakota, Hannah is pursuing a degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders while minoring in Child & Adolescent Development and Psychology. She will attend graduate school to work toward a doctorate in audiology. Hannah was awarded the Presidential Alumni Scholarship in 2016 and now serves on the scholarship committee. She participates in USD’s Special Olympics Club, the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and various campus ministries. Hannah was also awarded first place at USD’s Speakers’ Night in 2016 and inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success in 2017. Her hobbies include running, dancing, hiking, playing piano, and reading. During the summer she works as a seasonal park ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Gavins Point Dam.