Sorensen’s teaching interests include fundamentals of speech and communication, interpersonal, advanced public address, communication in interviewing, gender and communication, introduction to rhetorical criticism, and leadership. Sorensen, of Vermillion, graduated from USD in 2005 with a B.S. in communication studies. A photograph of Sorensen is available for download at

The Outstanding Instructor Award is given annually to a faculty member in the College of Arts & Sciences who demonstrates outstanding classroom teaching and mentoring of students. The winner receives a cash prize, made possible through an annual gift of the Johnson family. She is a USD graduate in mass communication who served as Chaplain at the Mayo Clinic for over three decades, working closely with women experiencing health issues and loss. Johnson completed graduate work at Seattle University, and served as an adjunct member of the Mayo Medical School.

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