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USD Education Professor Appointed to Dakotas English Language Board

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Karen Kindle, an assistant professor in the University of South Dakota School of Education, has been elected to the board of directors for a group that represents K-12 teachers who teach English as a second language in North Dakota and South Dakota.

Bismarck, North Dakota-based Dakota TESL provides support, advocacy and professional development opportunities for people who work with ESL students or English language learners, including limited English proficient immigrant and refugee students, migrant students, Hutterite colony students and Native American students who have a heritage language in their background.

Kindle's teaching interests include English language learners, language arts and literacy. She has an Ed.D. (doctor of education) in curriculum and instruction / literacy and language arts from the University of Houston, a master of education from the University of Houston-Victoria and a bachelor of music degree from Baldwin-Wallace College.


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
USD News