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Vidler Named College of Arts & Sciences Associate Dean of Administration

photo of Laura Vidler. The USD College of Arts & Sciences has announced Laura Vidler as the new Associate Dean of Administration.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota College of Arts & Sciences announced the appointment of Laura Vidler, Ph.D., as the new Associate Dean of Administration. Vidler will replace Tina Keller, Ph.D., who retires on Aug. 21 after 28 years at USD and more than a decade in the Office of the Dean.

Vidler came to USD in 2014 to serve as professor and chair of the Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics. Since joining USD, Vidler has received multiple awards, including the Mosaic Award for Inclusive Excellence from the USD Center for Diversity and Community in 2016, and the College’s 2017 Richard and Sharon Cutler Award for the Liberal Arts. In March 2017, she was appointed by President Abbott as the Faculty Athletics Representative. Prior to joining USD, Vidler was professor and program director of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Vidler holds degrees in Spanish from the University of California, Irvine, and New York University. She has published numerous works on performance studies and drama of the Spanish Golden Age. Her work problematizes the study of early modern staging practices and develops new theoretical models for such study. She is also a dynamic classroom instructor with more than two decades of experience teaching Spanish language, civilization, and literature. Vidler is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Hispanic Classical Theater.


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 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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