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Several awardees celebrated in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

2022 Award Winners in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Several faculty members in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will be recognized at the Celebration of Faculty Excellence event. Learn more about the awards and recipients below.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Outstanding Performer: Michael Walsh, School of Performing Arts

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh is an associate professor of clarinet and music history in the School of Performing Arts. His awards and recognition include premiering his composition, “FireO2,” for clarinet quartet at the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructor’s National Conference in Oct. 2021. He will perform a chamber music concert in March with colleagues at SDSU and around the state as the recipient of the 2021 Patricia Pierce Artist in Residence Award. 

“I am absolutely overwhelmed and beyond grateful to receive this award,” said Walsh. “The support I have received from SDSU has been tremendous. So many performance opportunities, collaborations and student achievements that I know would not be possible at other universities.”

Dr. Harold and Barbara Bailey Award for Excellence in Academic Department Leadership: Eluned Jones, Ness School of Management and Economics

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Eluned Jones is a professor and the Larry and Diane Ness Endowed Director of the Ness School of Management and Economics. Jones joined the faculty at SDSU in 2012 as the department head of the Department of Economics. The department had a long history of providing knowledge in economics and management to meet state and regional needs. Jones had the opportunity to lead the transition to the Ness School of Management and Economics, allowing greater transparency of business education and research while maintaining a strong emphasis in economic analysis and agricultural outreach.

“Alumni of the Department of Economics are leaders statewide, regionally and nationally and their vision, partnership, engagement and investment were critical in repositioning the Ness School to provide future leaders in an evolving global economy,” stated Jones. “I am grateful for their belief in their alma mater. None of this would have been possible without the intellectual energy and resilience that the Ness School faculty has demonstrated in accomplishing the transformation, and without their trust in my leadership.”

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Edward Patrick Hogan Award: Lisa Hager, School of American and Global Studies

Lisa Hager is an assistant professor of political science in the School of American and Global Studies. Her areas of expertise are in American political institutions and constitutional law. Hager is currently under contract with Lexington Books to publish a book examining access to civil legal aid around the world and in the United States.

“I feel so honored to receive the Edward Patrick Hogan Award for Teaching Excellence,” said Hager. “It is very heartwarming to know that my colleagues and current and former students took the time to write letters of support on my behalf.”

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Excellence in Online Teaching Award: Stephen Snyder, Department of English and Interdisciplinary Studies

Stephen Snyder is an instructor in the Department of English and Interdisciplinary Studies. His research primarily focuses on the relationship between literature and populist political movements in the United States. Snyder also researches digital rhetoric and challenging the misinformation circulating online.

“My immediate response was gratitude to my colleagues who had nominated me and done the hard work of submitting my application,” Snyder explained. “Winning the award was also encouraging in the sense that I have put a lot of time and effort into building online courses (and in the case of AHSS 111: Introduction to Global Citizenship and Diversity, building a brand-new course never taught online before), and this kind of recognition reminds me I am in the right profession. I enjoy a clear sense of purpose as an educator at SDSU.”

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Timothy J. Nichols Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Student Advising: Dale Potts, School of American and Global Studies

Dale Potts is an associate professor of history in the School of American and Global Studies. His research is primarily in nature writing in the 20th century and how it relates to ideas about the environment and American conservation. His work has been published in journals such as “Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature” and “Studies in American Indian Literatures.”

“I feel happy and honored to receive the Timothy J. Nichols Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advising Award,” said Potts. “I consider it a privilege to work alongside such great colleagues across campus and to assist such great students with their career and life goals.”

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Sewrey Colloquium Presenters

Creative and Fine Arts: Mark Stevens, School of Performing Arts

Mark Stevens is an assistant professor of music and director of piano studies in the School of Performing Arts. His scholarly and creative focus emphasizes the promotion of 20th and 21st century classical music in performance, teaching and arts advocacy. Stevens also works with music teachers on how to create space for music from diverse composers in their own studios.

In his presentation, “Exploring Diverse Voices in the Piano Studio,” Stevens will share ways to create space for students to interact with a more diverse range of music and composers in their piano studies.

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Research and Scholarship: Filip Viskupic, School of American and Global Studies

Filip Viskupic is an assistant professor of political science in the School of American and Global Studies and a research associate at The SDSU Poll. His research is interdisciplinary, with interests in political science, psychology and public opinion research. Two recent areas of focus include mass attitudes toward the COVID-19 pandemic and mass attitudes toward foreign policy issues. His presentation will be on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in South Dakota and strategies to overcome it.

Teaching and Learning: Rebecca Kuehl, School of Communication and Journalism 

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Rebecca Kuehl is an associate professor and associate director in the School of Communication and Journalism. Her research focuses on intersections among rhetorical citizenship and public deliberation, civic rhetoric and education and women’s health discourses.

Kuehl’s presentation focuses on a teaching activity she published last year in the “Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.” The activity was a semester-long assignment in her Intercultural Communication class that involved partnership with SDSU co-cultural student groups. The activity and presentation address how one might use civic engagement to foster campus and community relationships in a polarized era.

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Service: Evren Celik Wiltse, School of American and Global Studies and Michael Gonda, Animal Science

Evren Celik Wiltse is an associate professor of political science in the School of American and Global Studies. Her research focuses on how countries improve their democracy, under what conditions a democracy decays and democratization. She has also researched women and politics.

Her presentation with Michael Gonda will address research conducted at SDSU after COVID-19 protocols were put in place. The study evaluated how students were doing with the shift in course delivery and housing arrangements. These results will be discussed in greater detail during their presentation.

Congratulations to all award winners!

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