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Ken Green Named USD Arts & Sciences Outstanding Instructor

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VERMILLION, S.D. – Ken Green, an instructor in the Department of English at the University of South Dakota, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Instructor Award presented by the College of Arts & Sciences.

Green joined USD in 2005 and currently serves as an English instructor and coordinator of Business Writing classes. He has also filled administrative roles as acting director of the USD Writing Center as well as the USD Writing Program.

He teaches a variety of courses, including Business Writing; Professional, Technical, and Grant Writing; and English Grammar. As faculty advisor for USD’s Golden Key International Honour Society, Green helps student members uphold the organization’s standards of academics, leadership, and service.

“I really enjoy my job,” said Green, who also strives to spread his positive attitude to his classes and students. “Learning is supposed to be enjoyable.”

That’s not to say Green’s classes aren’t demanding. His students say he has challenged them to think differently about issues and made them better researchers and writers. Teaching and mentoring students, he said, is “something really special. It can be a really authentic experience.”

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. Mary Elizabeth Johnson 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.

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USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


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