USD Political Science Department honored for academic excellence

USD Political Science Department honored for academic excellence The University of South Dakota Department of Political Science is the inaugural recipient for the Award for Academic Excellence and Innovation.

The new award was developed to increase the visibility of the "extraordinary" academics at the university and to recognize individuals or units that have played clear leadership roles in moving academic programs toward true national leadership.�

Recipients must show a distinguished contribution to the teaching, research, and service missions of the university.

University of South Dakota President James W. Abbott and Royce Engstrom, vice president of academic affairs, announced the award on Dec. 3.

"The Department of Political Science was selected as the inaugural recipient of this award because, as a unit, they have shown tremendous leadership in carrying out their academic mission in a way that has lead to tremendous accomplishments for faculty and students, alike," Engstrom said.

Dr. William Richardson, chair of the Department of Political Science, is proud to have the department's faculty and students honored in this manner.

"The Department of Political Science has reached a unique point in which its extraordinarily talented teachers (e.g., two Carnegie Professors of the Year) and nationally acclaimed students have brought great honor and attention to the unit.�We are especially proud to be the recipients of this inaugural award for academic excellence and innovation, which recognizes the department's very special strengths," said Richardson.

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