BROOKINGS – The annual South Dakota State University Celebration of Faculty Excellence recognized 27 faculty members, researchers and scientists Tuesday in the University Student Union. The event honors faculty members in the university’s colleges for outstanding research, teaching and service.
Before the evening banquet, four faculty scholars delivered Sewrey lectures to raise awareness and show scholarship in the categories of research and scholarship, creative and fine arts, teaching and learning, and service.
Rebecca Kuehl delivered the David Fee Memorial Lecture, Using Public Deliberation to Communicate About and Address Wicked Problems. Kuehl is an associate professor in the School of Communication and Journalism and is also the director of the women’s and gender studies program. Fee taught philosophy and religion at SDSU for more than 20 years. Annual presenters of the named lecture are selected based on their topics and contributions to Fee’s example of crossdisciplinary learning, inquiry and collegiality.
The School of Performing Arts’ Yi Chen and Xuan Chang provided the featured faculty performance.
Named a distinguished professor was David Clay in the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science.
Excellence in Teaching and Research awards were awarded to these faculty members:
• South Dakota State University Commercialization to Qiquan Qiao, Harold C. Hohbach Endowed Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science;
• Dr. Sherwood and Elizabeth Berg Young Faculty to Staci Born, assistant professor, Department of Counseling and Human Development;
• Dr. Harold and Barbara Bailey Award for Excellence in Academic Department Leadership to Joe Cassady, department head/professor, Department of Animal Science;
• F.O. Butler Award for Excellence in Research to Hemachand Tummala, associate professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences;
• F.O. Butler Award for Excellence in Teaching to Radhey Kaushik, professor/assistant department head, Department of Biology and Microbiology;
• F.O. Butler Award for Excellence in Extension/Outreach to Bob Thaler, professor/SDSU Extension swine specialist, Department of Animal Science;
• F.O. Butler Award for Excellence in Community Service to Lora Berg, director of marketing and communications, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences;
• Edward Patrick Hogan Award for Teaching Excellence to Joshua Westwick, associate director/associate professor, School of Communications and Journalism;
• Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring to Michael Hildreth, professor, Department of Biology and Microbiology;
• Excellence in Online Teaching Award to April Myrick, lecturer, Department of English;
• Excellence in Online Program Award to Master of Science in Chemistry-Chemistry Education;
• Timothy J. Nichols Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award to Sharon Vestal, associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics;
• Faculty Award for Global Engagement
Faculty Engagement in International Research to Anne Fennell, professor, Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science; and Srinivas Janaswamy, assistant professor, Department of Dairy and Food Science.
The 2019 Outstanding Researchers, Scholars, Performers and Artists from the university’s colleges include:
• College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences’ Outstanding Researcher to Sharon Clay, distinguished professor, Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science;
• College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences’ Outstanding Researcher to Charles MacBride, associate professor, Department of Architecture;
• College of Education and Human Sciences’ Outstanding Researcher to Staci Born, assistant professor, Department of Counseling and Human Development;
• Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering’s Outstanding Researcher to Reinaldo Tonkoski, associate professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science;
• College of Natural Sciences’ Outstanding Researcher to Feng Li, professor, Department of Biology and Microbiology;
• College of Nursing’s Outstanding Scholar to Mary Minton, associate dean/associate professor, Graduate Nursing; and
• College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions’ Outstanding Scholar to Sharrel Pinto, William R. Hoch Endowed Professorship in Community Pharmacy Practice, Department of Pharmacy Practice.
Delivering the Sewrey lectures were (area, name, title, department):
• Creative and Fine Arts: Melissa Hauschild-Mork, assistant professor, School of Performing Arts, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences;
• Research/Scholarship: Wenfeng An, associate professor/Markl Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research, College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions;
• Teaching/Learning: Rocky Dailey, assistant professor, School of Communication and Journalism, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; and
• Service: Christi Garst-Santos, associate professor/interim department head, Department of Modern Languages and Global Studies, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.