Korkow, Ph.D., associate professor in the addiction studies program, received the teaching excellence award. He has not only been an outstanding teacher but also played a key role in new addiction studies courses that provide current, relevant and research-based information.

Samra, Ph.D., associate chair of research and evidence-based practice in the USD Department of Nursing, was presented with the faculty research achievement award. Samra, who joined the faculty in 2014, has already demonstrated outstanding research success, including helping secure two grants worth $593,000. She is currently involved in seven research projects and has authored six research manuscripts since coming to USD.

Brooks, Ph.D., associate chair of academics for USD's nursing program, was given the award for distinguished service. She was recognized for leading an effort to consolidate five USD nursing sites located across the state into a single, unified nursing program.

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