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School of Health Sciences announces faculty award recipients

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences announced that four members of the faculty have been honored with 2013 faculty awards.

William Schweinle, assistant professor of physician assistant studies, is the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award for Research Achievement. Schweinle, Ph.D., a member of the USD School of Health Sciences faculty since 2008, received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington. His teaching interests include Statistics and Research Methodology. A photo of Schweinle is available for download at

Katherine Jorgensen, associate professor of nursing, was honored with the Outstanding Faculty Award for Distinguished Service. Jorgensen, a member of the nursing faculty since 1993, is part of the nursing program offered on the main university campus in Vermillion. The department of nursing is also offered on four campuses across the state including Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Watertown. A photo of Jorgensen is available for download at

Dona Kennealley, associate professor of addiction studies, and Beverly Kennedy, professor of dental hygiene, are co-recipients of the Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. Kennealley, Ed.D, associate professor and chair of addiction studies, has been a member of the faculty since 1979. A Certified Prevention Specialist, Kennealley teaches addiction counseling courses relating to individuals, groups, and families. A photo of Kennealley is available for download at Kennedy, R.D.H., M.A., a member of the faculty since 1975, received her B.S. in dental hygiene and her M.A. in education administration from USD. Her teaching interests include Dental Radiology, Medical-Dental Emergencies and Pharmacology. A photo of Kennedy is available for download at

“We are very proud of these faculty who represent excellence in teaching, research, and service,” stated Michael J. Lawler, dean of the School of Health Sciences.


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