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Social Work Instructor Honored

Image Paige Thompson and Deb Aden Deb Aden, MSW, USD assistant professor of social work (right), receives her lifetime achievement award from Paige Thompson, president of the South Dakota chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Deborah Aden, MSW, assistant professor and director of field work in the Department of Social Work at the University of South Dakota, has received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the South Dakota Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

The award is presented to people who have made significant contributions to the social work profession. It was presented to Aden at the South Dakota Chapter’s annual conference this month in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Aden has been with the USD Social Work Department since 2009.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
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