The Department of Natural Resource Management recognizes faculty excellence and alumni through departmental awards.
This award was established in honor of Dr. Dave W. Willis, Distinguished Professor and Department Head of Natural Resource Management. Dr. Willis' attentive and caring character made him an outstanding leader, mentor, teacher, colleague, and friend to Department faculty. It is in this spirit that outstanding performance by a faculty member in Natural Resource Management based on their combined teaching/advising, research, and service roles is awarded. All faculty at SDstate, regardless of their contracted workload, are expected to excel at teaching/advising, scholarly activity and general service to the university, their profession, and the community-at-large. The Dave Willis Faculty Excellence Award recognizes outstanding contributions by a Department of Natural Resource Management faculty member in their combined role and in view of their departmental citizenry and collegiality, regardless of appointment.
The true measure of greatness of an academic program is measured by the achievements of its alumni. A number of the Department's alumni have gained distinction through professional and service successes. The Department of Natural Resource Management wishes to recognize these individuals and requests nominations for its new Distinguished Alumni Award.