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USD Assistant Professor in Addiction Studies Diane Sevening Honored with National Lifetime Achievement Award

Photo of Diane Sevening. Diane Sevening was presented with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Diane Sevening, MAC, a licensed addiction counselor and assistant professor in the Department of Addiction Studies at the University of South Dakota, was presented with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education, an organization of professors, teachers, professionals and programs specializing in addiction studies.

The INCASE Awards committee noted the importance of Sevenings’s work to aid faculty adjuncts in addiction studies across the nation to successfully transition from clinical work to academic work, and singled out her service as President-Elect of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors.

Sevening has taught addiction studies at USD since 1982. She has been recognized by a number of regional and national organizations for her contributions to addiction studies, and was one of the founders of INCASE in 1990.


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
USD News