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Tom Stenvig

Thomas Stenvig


Associate Professor & Ph.D. Program Director (Brookings)

Office Building

Wagner Hall



Mailing Address

Wagner Hall 345
Undergrad Nursing-Box 2275
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Dr. Thomas Stenvig is a tenured Associate Professor and PhD Program Coordinator at South Dakota State University College of Nursing, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate nursing courses and core courses in the public health master’s program. His research interests span public health topics including health services for American Indians, refugee populations, and provider immunization practices.

Dr. Stenvig has been active in public health and nursing association work throughout his career. A past president of the South Dakota Nurses Association, he served eight years on the American Nurses Association board and was the second president of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He is board certified in nursing administration (advanced), and is the recipient of numerous awards for professional work, including the Public Health Service Chief Nurse Award, the American Nurses Association Distinguished Membership Award, a Bush Foundation fellowship, and election to membership as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. He completed a four year term on the National Vaccine Advisory Committee which is responsible for national policy supporting the vaccine network protecting public health. He directed the Wokunze Project funded by the Indian Health Service to support American Indians pursuing baccalaureate education in nursing. His active research program is focused on transitions of Sudanese refugees following resettlement in the U.S.

Dr. Stenvig formerly served with the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and is retired from the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service. He later served as faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing and as chair of the Department of Nursing at Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Dr. Stenvig graduated with honors from Wayne State University College of Nursing and received a master's in public health from the University of Hawaii. His doctoral research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison focused on the behaviors of nurses who immunize children.


BSN - Wayne State University, 1971
MPH - University of Hawaii, 1976
MS in Nursing - South Dakota State University, 1991
PhD - University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001

Academic Interests/Expertise

Health policy, population health, refugee resettlement, health care for American Indians and refugees

Academic Responsibilities

NURS 480 Advanced Population-based Nursing
NURS 495 Directed Study in Nursing
NURS 615 Advanced Practice Nursing - Roles and Issues
NURS 626 Research Methods for APNs
NURS 670 Health Policy, Legislation, Economics and Ethics
NURS 845 Instrument Construction and Evaluation
HSC 433/533 Occupational Health
HSC 733 Environmental Health
HSC 755 Program Planning and Evaluation

Committee Activities

Faculty Senate
Undergraduate Admissions and Scholastic Standard Committee
Tiospaye Council
President, South Dakota Nurses Foundation

Awards and Honors

2018 Volunteer of the Year Award, Lutheran Social Services Center for New Americans
2017 President’s Award, South Dakota Nurses Association
2016 District 8&9 Nurse of the Year Award, South Dakota Nurses Association
2016 Faculty Award for Excellence in Outreach and Engagement, South Dakota State University
2015 Inductee, American Academy of Nursing
2015 G. J. Van Heuvelen Award, South Dakota Public Health Association
2015 South Dakota State University College of Nursing Distinguished Service Award
2013 South Dakota Nurses Association Hall of Fame Award
2010 American Nurses Association Distinguished Membership Award
2009 South Dakota State University College of Nursing Faculty Award for Excellence
2009 Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota Distinguished Community Partner Award
2008 South Dakota Nurses Association District Nurse of the Year
2004 South Dakota Nurses Association Pioneer in Nursing Award


Indian Health Service Wokunze Project, 2003-2008 ($1.3 million)

Professional Memberships

American Association of University Professors; American Nurses Association; American Public Health Association; Commissioned Officers Association of the US Public Health Service; King International Nursing Group; National Education Association; Sigma Theta Tau

Work Experience

Commissioned Officer, US Public Health Service, various assignments
Chair, Department of Nursing, Presentation College, Aberdeen, SD

Area(s) of Research

Survey research; theory of planned behavior; health care provider immunization practices

Applications of Research

Stenvig, T. E., Carson, P. P., Randall, R. L., & Bohn, M. (2018). Transitions of South Sudanese refugees: Reaching for a better life. Journal of Refugee Studies.
Johansen, L. J., Stenvig, T., & Wey, H. (2012). The decision to receive influenza vaccination among nurses in North and South Dakota. Public Health Nursing. Retreived from doi:10.1111/j.1525-1446.2011.00966.x).
Smyer, T., & Stenvig, T. (2008). Health Care for American Indian Elders: An Overview of Cultural Influences and Policy Issues. Home Health Management and Practice, 20(1), 27-33.
Hanson, C., & Stenvig, T. (2007). The “good” clinical nursing educator and the baccalaureate nursing clinical experience: Attributes and practice. Journal of Nursing Education, 47, 38-42.


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