Generous alumni and donors have created awards to recognize the excellent work done by Arts & Sciences faculty. These awards are united by a belief that faculty are the heart and soul of any university, and that the reputation of a university depends in great measure upon the quality and character of the faculty.
We warmly appreciate the countless contributions of the Arts & Sciences faculty to the education of our students. We congratulate the winners of these prestigious awards, and we thank the generous donors who make it possible.
President's Award for Research Excellence: New Mid-Career Faculty
Meghann Jarchow, Ph.D., is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Sustainability & Environment. She holds a doctorate in sustainable agriculture and ecology and evolutionary biology from Iowa State University. Her research interests include sustainability, sustainable agriculture, tallgrass prairies and plant ecology. Jarchow has given several presentations about her research and scholarship at national and international meetings, and she was the invited keynote speaker at the South Dakota Academy of Science this year. She also coordinated the development of the Sustainability & Environment department.
President's Award for Creativity
Lee Ann Roripaugh is a professor of English and editor of the South Dakota Review. She is the author of five volumes of poetry and was named a South Dakota State Poet Laureate in 2015. She holds a master’s degree in fine arts in poetry from Indiana University. Her teaching interests include creative writing, contemporary American poetry, Asian-American literature and multicultural literature. Roripaugh maintains an active touring schedule for book readings, book signings and presentations, and she has received multiple awards for her poetry. Her creative work has been published widely in top-tier literary journals.
President's Award for Research Excellence: Established Faculty
Andy Sykes, Ph.D., is a professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry. He holds a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of Minnesota. His research interests include fluorescence sensors, inorganic chemistry and single-crystal X-ray crystallography. He established the only single-crystal X-ray diffraction facility in South Dakota. Before this, researchers had to send samples out-of-state for structure determinations at considerable expense. Sykes received his fifth consecutive Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), which is a National Science Foundation Award.
Blair and Linda Tremere Faculty Service Award
Jean Caraway, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical psychology, is the 2018 recipient of the Tremere Faculty Service Award, which honors a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding public service to the local community or to the state of South Dakota. Caraway is the psychology discipline head for the South Dakota LEND program, which trains clinicians to provide medical care to children and young adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities. She also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and researches topics related to Native American and rural mental health and the effects of violence on women and children.
Monsignor James Doyle Humanities Teaching Award
Prentiss Clark, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of English, is the recipient of the Monsignor James Doyle Humanities Teaching Award, presented by the College of Arts & Sciences.
Outstanding Instructor Award
Kenneth Green, an instructor in the Department of English, is the recipient of the Outstanding Instructor Award presented by the College of Arts & Sciences.
Three members of the College of Arts & Sciences faculty have received the 2018 Richard and Sharon Cutler Faculty Awards in Liberal Arts. This year's recipients are Eric Jepsen, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, Joseph Tinguely, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy and Joel Sander, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics. The Cutler Awards are presented to faculty who advance liberal arts education through teaching and research over a three-year span.
Truman and Beverly Schwartz Distinguished Faculty Award
Darlene Farabee, associate professor and chair in the Department of English, has been named the fifth recipient of the Truman and Beverly Schwartz Distinguished Faculty Award.