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USD College of Arts Sciences cites Outstanding Instructor

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Aimee Sorensen, an instructor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of South Dakota, is the 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Instructor Award presented by the College of Arts & Sciences.

Sorensen’s teaching interests include fundamentals of speech and communication, interpersonal, advanced public address, communication in interviewing, gender and communication, introduction to rhetorical criticism, and leadership. Sorensen, of Vermillion, graduated from USD in 2005 with a B.S. in communication studies. A photograph of Sorensen is available for download at

The Outstanding Instructor Award is given annually to a faculty member in the College of Arts & Sciences who demonstrates outstanding classroom teaching and mentoring of students. The winner receives a cash prize, made possible through an annual gift of the Johnson family. She is a USD graduate in mass communication who served as Chaplain at the Mayo Clinic for over three decades, working closely with women experiencing health issues and loss. Johnson completed graduate work at Seattle University, and served as an adjunct member of the Mayo Medical School.


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