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2021 Awards


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Evren Celick Wiltse, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Political Science

Awarded by Jon Stauff Assistant Vice President for International Affairs


Sharon Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor, English

Awarded by Nicole Lounsbery, Ph.D., Director, Graduate School

Marina Hendricks, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, School of Communication and Journalism

Awarded by Carey Kilmer, Assistant Director, Continuing and Distance Education 

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Outstanding Researcher

Anne Fennell, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor, Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Outstanding Researcher

Luz Angélica Kirschner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of American and Global Studies

College of Education and Human Sciences Outstanding Researcher

Hung-Ling (Stella) Liu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Health and Nutritional Sciences

Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering Outstanding Researcher

Xijin Ge, Ph.D., Professor, Mathematics and Statistics

College of Natural Sciences Outstanding Researcher

Xiaoyang Zhang, Ph.D., Professor/Senior Research Scientist, Geospatial Sciences Center for Excellence 

 College of Nursing Outstanding Researcher

Sarah Mollman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Nursing

College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions Outstanding Scholar

Joshua Reineke, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor, Pharmacy and Allied Health

Awarded by College Deans

Alham Abuatiq, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Nursing

Awarded by Daniel Scholl, Ph.D., Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Dr. Berg was president of SDSU from 1975-1984 and was the first SDSU graduate to serve in this role. He served in World War II and was a U.S. Agricultural Attaché. Mrs. Berg, First Lady Emeritus, was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Public Service for her volunteer leadership and service.

Matt Miller, Ph.D., Assistant Department Head and Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Howard Bonnemann, M.S., Lecturer, Dairy and Food Science

Rosie Nold, Ph.D., Assistant Department Head and Professor, Animal Science 


Rebecca Kuehl, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Communication and Journalism

Dr. Hogan served many different roles during his 36-year career at SDSU including professor and head of the Department of Geography, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, assistant vice president for academic affairs and chief information technology officer

Teresa Hall, Ph.D. Department Head, Director, Professor, Construction and Operations Management

Dr. Bailey served SDSU as vice president for academic affairs for 24 years. From 1979-1985, he also directed programs to develop departmental leadership for the South Dakota and North Dakota Boards of Regents and the American Council on Education.

The previous awards are awarded by Dennis D. Hedge, Pharm.D., Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Maaz Gardezi. Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Sociology and Rural Studies

Dr. David Fee was a professor of philosophy and religion at SDSU from 1964-1987. He was known to live “the life of the mind” and was an advocate for cross-disciplinary learning, inquiry and collegiality.

Madhav Nepal, Ph.D., Professor, Biology and Microbiology

Wenfeng An, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences 

 Emmanuel Byamukama, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science

Jim Wood, MFA, Associate Professor, Theatre

Robert Thaler, Ph.D., Professor/Extension Specialist, Animal Science