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USD School of Education Professor Wins Social Science Education Consortium Award

Photo of Jing Williams with other SSEC conference award winners. Jing Williams (far right) was named a recipient of the Nicholas and Suzanne Helburn Young Scholars award at the Social Science Education Consortium.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Jing Williams, a University of South Dakota School of Education professor of social studies, was named a recipient of the Nicholas and Suzanne Helburn Young Scholars award at the Social Science Education Consortium.

“As a junior faculty member, I found it a great honor to be awarded the opportunity to work with leaders in my field,” said Williams. “The insight and perspective gained from the conference will guide me through my teaching and research."

The Social Science Education Consortium, founded in 1963, is a not-for-profit educational corporation dedicated to strengthening the social science content in social studies education. An associated group of the National Council for the Social Studies, the members of Social Science Education Consortium include leading social scientists and social science and social studies educators throughout the United States and Canada. This year’s conference, in Salem, Massachusetts, focused on democracy in the 21st century.


USD's School of Education is transformative in preparing students both inside and outside the classroom. Its research- and practitioner-based programs train future educators, counselors, leaders, fitness and sport-related professionals for successful careers. The school focuses on a comprehensive learning experience, lifelong learning and developing professionals grounded in best practice. The school’s divisions include counseling and psychology, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, kinesiology and sport management, and teacher residency and education.


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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