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.