For her efforts in providing instruction to hundreds of students every year, coordinating the department’s undergraduate curriculum and many other contributions, professor of animal science and assistant department head Rosie Nold has been awarded the 2021 Edward Patrick Hogan Award for Teaching Excellence at South Dakota State University.
The award was established to recognize faculty excellence as it relates to the teaching role, to encourage and motivate good teachers and to contribute to the stimulation of more effective teaching at all levels of education. Each year, the award is given to two SDSU faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in teaching. Rebecca Kuehl, an associate professor in the School of Communication and Journalism, also received the 2021 award.
“Dr. Nold cares deeply about our students, and she works diligently to enable their success,” said Dr. Joe Cassady, head of the Department of Animal Science. “She pushes students out of their comfort zone and encourages them to try new things.”
Originally from Pipestone, Minnesota, Nold received her bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from SDSU and her master’s degree from Kansas State University. She then spent nearly 10 years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as an Extension Youth Livestock Specialist and seven years in several SDSU Extension administration positions before transitioning to her current teaching and assistant department head roles with the Department of Animal Science.
This is not the first time Nold has received recognition for her teaching. Since coming to SDSU, Nold has been honored with the 2020 Gamma Sigma Delta Excellence in Teaching award and the 2018 Fishback Honors College Advocate award, in addition to being named a finalist for the CAFES Teacher of the Year and the Fishback Honors College Teacher of the Year awards multiple times. She also received the 2018 J. Walters McCarty Advising Award and the 2016 F.O. Butler Award for Excellence in Extension.
Nold currently teaches two courses in both the fall and spring semesters: Introduction to Animal Science and Livestock Evaluation and Marketing. In previous years, she has also taught Current Issues in Animal Science.
As the introductory course to the animal science major and one of the required courses for the animal science minor, Introduction to Animal Science is taken by hundreds of students every year, all of whom are taught by Nold. While teaching assistants lead many of the course’s labs, Nold coordinates each lab section and teaches a few of them herself, including an honors section every fall.
Nold credits student ambition and the animal agriculture industry as two factors that have motivated her throughout her teaching career.
“I certainly don’t have all the answers, but if I can spark an interest or an idea, and the students can pursue it more from there, then I’ve been successful,” said Nold.
Nold’s role as an educator does not stop at the classroom door. Students often seek her guidance as they navigate their degree paths, future career plans and other academic decisions. She also mentors several students enrolled in the Fishback Honors College and coordinates the department’s wool judging and academic quadrathlon teams.
“Very few people care more about students’ long-term success than Dr. Nold,” said Bob Thaler, professor of animal science and SDSU Extension Swine Specialist. “She challenges our students to do more than they thought possible, and then does everything she can do to help them achieve those goals.”
Nold notes her own transition from the role of student to meats judging coach during graduate school as a pivotal point that helped lead to her career in teaching.
“I enjoyed learning and doing well myself, but it was even more rewarding to help someone else, to be part of taking them from knowing very little about a subject to being someone that was nationally competitive and had the confidence to talk with experts and defend their decisions,” said Nold.
Many animal science students have achieved prestigious accolades because of her instruction, guidance or coaching. In the past year alone, she coached the champion wool judging team at the Black Hills Stock Show contest and guided the department’s academic quadrathlon team that placed second at the Midwest American Society of Animal Science competition.
Alongside her husband Jerry and their three daughters, Mary, Emily and Josie, Nold and her family live on an acreage near Brookings where they have sheep, horses and chickens. Through these species, the family is also involved in showing at the local, state and national levels through organizations such as 4-H. In fact, Nold has served as superintendent for the national 4-H livestock skillathon contest and as a committee member for the national 4-H livestock quiz bowl.
While she has several responsibilities both at SDSU and in these other activities, Nold continues to commit herself to student education and the agriculture industry.
“Dr. Nold is an inspiration to me and should be for all educators,” said Thaler.