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USD School of Health Sciences Honors Faculty and Staff

VERMILLION, S.D. – The School of Health Sciences at the University of South Dakota has announced its 2018 faculty and staff awards.

Presented during the school’s annual research conference, five individuals were honored. They include:

Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence: Amy Nelson, Health Sciences
Outstanding Faculty Award for Distinguished Service: Peter Kindle, Social Work
Outstanding Staff Award for Performance Excellence: Jeremy Aylward, Nursing
Early Career Faculty Research Achievement Award: Brandon Ness, Physical Therapy
Early Career Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence: Diana Feldhacker, Occupational Therapy

“These award recipients are outstanding faculty and staff at the school,” said Michael Lawler, dean of the School of Health Sciences. “They represent our shared commitment to academic excellence and student success.”


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