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Kurt Hackemer Named Chair of the University of South Dakota Department of History

Kurt Hackemer named chair of USD Department of History

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota announces that Kurt Hackemer, Ph.D., has been named chair of the USD Department of History beginning the 2013-14 academic year.

Hackemer currently serves as associate vice president of academic affairs and as a professor of history. His administrative experience is extensive at USD and includes serving as interim director of diversity from 2010-12; interim Registrar from 2011-12; associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, 2001-10; and acting chair, department of American Indian Studies from 2007-08. A member of the faculty at USD since 1996, Hackemer will replace Judith Sebesta, Ph.D., who will retire in May.

“Kurt’s commitment to education, his significant experience with history and the respect he has earned from colleagues and the community makes him a perfect fit to serve as chair of the Department of History,” stated Chuck Staben, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of South Dakota.

In addition to administration posts at USD, Hackemer has teaching experience in undergraduate and graduate education, and is the author of several articles and two books: “To Rescue My Native Land: The Civil War Letters of William T. Shepherd, First Illinois Light Artillery” and “The U.S. Navy and the Origins of the Military-Industrial Complex.” Prior to USD, he was a lecturer at Texas A&M University from 1993-96. He received a Ph.D. and M.A. in history from Texas A&M, and a B.A. in history from the University of Chicago.

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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, 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