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Academic Excellence

SDSU is committed to quality education both in the physical and online classroom.  SDSU offers robust training and development opportunities for faculty to successfully transition courses to the online classroom to offer students a rich and rigorous educational experience. 

Excellence in Online Teaching

The Excellence in Online Teaching award is to recognize an SDSU faculty member who has demonstrated commitment to excellence in online teaching and course development of for-credit courses through South Dakota State University.

Through this award SDSU recognizes outstanding online teaching faculty who:

  • Uses innovative and effective online teaching strategies and technologies that result in student engagement, student satisfaction, and achievement of desired student learning outcomes. 
  • Examines methods of assessment of student learning to inform teaching practices and reshape online courses based on an on-going and data-driven process.
  • Utilizes interactive strategies to promote and foster instructor-student interaction, student-student interaction, and student collaboration in the online learning environment.
  • Exhibits a high level of instruction by using standards established by SDSU’s quality assurance review rubric. 
  • Demonstrates dedication to enhancing online teaching skills, improving online curriculum and/or advancing research opportunities in the area of online education.


Academic YearRecipientDepartment
2019-2020Becky DiischerMathematics
2018-2019April MyrickEnglish
2017-2018Rocky DaileyCommunications & Journalism
2016-2017RSarah ClarkMathematics
2015-2016Rocky DaileyCommunications & Journalism
2014-2015Lyle OlsonCommunications & Journalism

Online/Hybrid Instructor Certification Recognition

In order to enhance SDSU’s commitment to academic excellence, a training program has been designed specifically for online/hybrid instructors. This program focuses on the skills, knowledge and best practices required of high quality online/hybrid instruction. The program allows online/hybrid instructors to choose to become certified at one of three levels; Basic, Advanced and Master.

Basic Level Certification
Ekaterina KoromyslovaConstruction & Operations Management
Larry BrowningPhysics
Madhav NepalBiology & Microbiology
Ryan McKnightEconomics
Steph JacobsonPharmacy & Allied Health Professions
Rebecca DiischerMath
Jodilyn AndrewsEnglish
Carol BirchNursing
Katie O’LearyEnglish
Sarah ThimsenPsychology
Amanda LambrechtsHealth & Nutritional Sciences
Aileen GarciaCounseling & Human Development
Albena YordanovaConstruction & Operation Management
Wendy AhrendsenMath & Statistics
Gary HatfieldMath & Statistics
Marvin BharMath & Statistics
Carri HalesMath & Statistics
Sarah ClarkMath & Statistics
Sarah MollmanNursing
Jo VossNursing
Hani GhoshehPlant Science
Marina HendricksJournalism and Mass Communication
Brandi PravecekNursing
Mary VockrodtNursing
LeAnn LambNursing
Alham AbuatiqNursing
Stella LiuHealth & Nutritional Sciences
Van Der Sluis, EverhardusEconomics
Nicole VelgersdkyCounseling & Human Development
Zhong Hu Mechanical Engineering
Steve WingateEnglish
Hung-Ling (Stella) LiuHealth & Nutritional Sciences
Janice Schardin Nursing
Advanced Level Certification
Patricia Ahmed Sociology
SunWoo KangCounseling & Human Development
Sanjeev AnandDairy & Food Science
Lacey McCromackHealth & Nutritional Sciences
Peter WhiteTeaching, Learning & Leadership
Natalie MookUniversity College
William (Bill) AlsakerMathematics & Statistics
Byron Garry Construction & Operations Management
Anne Buttolph Nursing
Katherine Bissonette   Communication Studies & Theatre
Suzette Burckhard     Civil & Environmental Engineering
Gus Scully         University Center- Rapid City
Larry Taylor         School of Design
Cynthia Elverson       Nursing
Erika Huber               Nursing
Pat Tillie              Pharmacy & Allied Health Professions
Ruth Klawiter          Nursing
Roxanne Lucchesi       Journalism & Mass Communications
Paula Carson                 Nursing
Kay Foland               Nursing
Nicole Klein          Economics
Todd Trooien           Ag & Biosystems Engineering
Susanne Brokmeier     Teaching, Learning & Leadership
Annette Johnson  Pharmacy & Allied Health Professions
Christina PlemmonsNursing
Katherine Erdman Becker 
Axton Betz-HamiltonConsumer Science
Jessica SchadSociology
Jamie O'BrienEconomics
Heidi MennengaNursing
Robin BrownNursing
Jodilyn AndrewsEnglish
Cristina LammerNursing
Carol BirchNursing
Aileen GarciaCounseling & Human Development
Jo VossNursing
Albena YordanovaConstruction & Operations Management
Ekaterina KoromyslovaConstruction & Operations Management 
Aileen GarciaCounseling & Human Development
Robin ArendsNursing
Heidi PelzelNursing
Linda BurdetteNursing
Nicole VelgersdykCounseling & Human Development

Alhah Abuatiq 

Katie O'LearyEnglish
Sarah ThimsenPsychology
Master Level Certification
Kelsey RamlHealth & Nutritional Sciences
Jessica MeenderingHealth & Nutritional Sciences
Lori HayungsTeaching, Learning & Leadership
Mary BowneTeaching, Learning & Leadership
Lyle OlsonJournalism & Mass Communication
Karla HunterCommunication Studies
Melissa WuellnerNatural Resource Management
Nicole GravesTeaching, Learning & Leadership
Tami DaleCounseling & Human Development
Lisa MadsenEnglish
Lauri SohlGeography
Barbara ChristensenCounseling & Human Development
April MyrickEnglish
Rocky DaileyJournalism & Mass Communication
Elijah Van BenschotenSchool of Designs
Lynda VanhuizenTeaching, Learning & Leadership
Fathi HalaweishChemistry & Biochemistry
Melissa GranumUniversity College
Alexander (Sandy) SmartNatural Resource Management
Rebecca BrittJournalism & Mass Communication
George TsakiridisHistory
Elizabeth DrokeHealth & Nutritional Sciences
Erika HuberNursing
Sanjeev AnandDairy & Food Science
Susanne BrokmeierTeaching, Learning & Leadership
Ruth KlawiterNursing
Cynthia ElversonNursing
Jamie O'BrienNess School of Management and Economics
Albena YordanovaConstruction and Operation Management
Byron GarryConstruction and Operation Management
Todd TrooienAg & Biosystems Engineering
Robin ArendsNursing
Heidi MennengaNursing
Anne ButtolphNursing
Ekaterina KoromyslovaEngineering
Paula CarsonNursing