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Arts & Sciences Faculty Honored at Spring College Meeting

VERMILLION, S.D. – Dean Michael Kruger, Ph.D., presented five faculty members in the University of South Dakota College of Arts & Sciences with awards for their teaching, research and service at the college’s annual meeting in April.

Bridget Diamond-Welch, Ph.D., associate professor of criminal justice studies, is the 2019 recipient of the Blair and Linda Tremere Faculty Service Award, which is presented annually to a member of the College of Arts & Sciences faculty who has demonstrated outstanding public service to the local community or to the state of South Dakota.

Diamond-Welch joined the faculty at USD in 2015. Within her first month, she began coordinating with other campus offices and writing the proposal that earned a $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women. The grant allowed USD to create the I CARE program, which works toward preventing sexual assault in the campus community. Diamond-Welch serves as director of I CARE, which involves publicizing program services, organizing events and training response team members, among other duties. She is also a trained Court Appointed Special Advocate who works with children in abuse and neglect cases. In addition, she is involved in statewide efforts around sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking.

Joseph Tinguely, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy, received the 2019 Monsignor James Doyle Humanities Teaching Award, given annually to a professor in a humanities discipline. Tinguely has taught at USD since 2012 and serves as coordinator of the Philosophy Program. He teaches courses in ethics, philosophy, history and aesthetics, in which he employs classroom activities to explore concepts such as power and revolution. In recent years the program introduced a degree specialization in “Ethics, Law, and Society” and now offers a Professional Ethics Certificate for USD students.

The 2019 Richard and Sharon Cutler Faculty Awards in Liberal Arts recognize distinguished faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences each year. 

Angela Helmer, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics, received the Cutler Award in the Humanities Division. She joined the faculty in 2008 and has designed and taught most of the upper-level classes in USD’s Spanish curriculum. She developed Spanish courses for business and healthcare, courses in linguistics and phonetics and the Graduate Certificate in Spanish Translation. Her research focuses on the role of Latin during the Spanish colonial period in Peru. She has published two books (with one forthcoming) and several articles.

In Mathematics/Natural Sciences Division, Meghann Jarchow, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Sustainability & Environment, earned the honor. In 2012, Jarchow began her career at USD as program coordinator of the newly formed Sustainability Program. She has taught all levels of sustainability courses including Sustainable Society, Sustainability and Science and Sustainability and Complexity. She currently leads or serves as co-leader on three large, interdisciplinary, programmatic grants related to sustainability that total more than $7.3 million in funding.

David Posthumus, Ph.D., assistant professor of anthropology, was the recipient in the Social Sciences Division. He became a faculty member at USD in 2014 and has taught courses on sociocultural anthropology, Native American studies, religious belief and ritual, ethnohistory, Lakota studies and ethnicity and identity. These areas also comprise his research interests, which focus on the Oglala Lakotas of Pine Ridge Reservation. He has published numerous scholarly research articles and a 2018 book, "All My Relatives: Exploring Lakota Ontology, Belief, and Ritual."


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.


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