Kurt Hackemer named acting associate dean The University of South Dakota College of Arts and Acting Dean Susan Wolfe announced earlier this month that History Professor Kurt Hackemer has been appointed acting associate dean.
Hackemer attended college at the University of Chicago and received his graduate degree from the Texas A&M University. He first came to USD in 1996, where he has taught 19th Century history and military history courses. He plans to continue teaching while he is acting associate dean.
Hackemer said the impact on students' futures is what he is looking forward to in his first administrative position.
"It will allow me to work with students, which I have always enjoyed. That is definitely one of my favorite things about working at USD," Hackemer said. "This position will be a change of pace, something a little different for me. I think I have something to offer to the position and the university."
Wolfe said she chose Hackemer to fill the role because other faculty and students speak very highly of his work and dedication to USD.
"He has an excellent representation as a teacher, therefore, I knew he would be a good adviser for students to go to. I have also worked with him on committees and I found that he is prepared, well-organized, very competent and quick to get the job done," she said.
Hackemer's wife, Susan, is the assistant director of the USD Honors program. The Hackemers and their 3-year-old daughter live in Vermillion.