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Carla Dieter named chair of USD Nursing Department

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Carla Dieter, Ed.D., R.N., F.N.P-B.C., has been named chair of the University of South Dakota’s Department of Nursing. Most recently, she served as the interim chair and is an associate professor for the USD Department of Nursing. She has been the director of Nursing Education Scholarship at USD since 2010.

“Carla's commitment to nursing and nursing education fits perfectly with the goals of USD Nursing going forward,” stated Dr. Rodney R. Parry, M.D., vice president and dean of the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota.

Dieter has had extensive teaching experience in undergraduate and graduate education as well as being an experienced Family Nurse Practitioner. Prior to USD, she served in various undergraduate and graduate positions at the South Dakota State University College of Nursing. Most recently as associate professor and family nurse practitioner at Student Health Services, Dieter coordinated the graduate Family Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at SDSU. Additionally, she has led faculty in evaluating the scholarship of teaching and learning across the nursing curriculum while at both USD and SDSU. Before her career as a nursing educator, Dieter was a nursing staff member at hospitals in Sioux Falls, S.D., Norfolk, Neb., Osmond, Neb., and Omaha, Neb.

“This is an exciting time to be part of the Department of Nursing at USD because we have the capability of providing our students with several opportunities to reach their nursing goals,” added Dieter, who noted that as part of the School of Health Sciences, USD Nursing offers an associate degree in nursing on the main campus in Vermillion and at four outreach campuses in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Watertown. Additionally, USD has admitted their first class of R.N.-B.S.N. students this fall. “And USD will be taking their strong reputation in nursing education forward as they develop a four-year baccalaureate degree in nursing.”

Currently, Dieter is the recipient of several awards throughout her distinguished career, including the Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Educator Award from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioners (2009), State Award for Excellence from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (2006) and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching from the SDSU College of Nursing (2003). She has been a part of successful grant writing teams, authored several nursing and education publications and presented at workshops throughout North America.

“Carla's extensive résumé in the nursing profession and in nursing education provide the USD Nursing Department with the necessary leadership to see the program grow continuously and provide our students with exciting new opportunities,” stated Barbara Brockevelt, Ph.D., OTR/L, interim dean, School of Health Sciences.

She received a Doctor of Education degree from USD, Post-Master’s Certificates in Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty and Parent-Child Nursing Specialty from SDSU, a Master of Science degree from SDSU, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and an Associate Degree in Nursing from the College of St. Mary.

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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News