USD welcomes new leadership in American Indian Studies

USD welcomes new leadership in American Indian Studies The University of South Dakota is excited to welcome Dr. Mark Daniels as the new director of the Institute of American Indian Studies, and chair of the newly created Department of American Indian Studies.

The institute is an interdisciplinary organization housed within USD's College of Arts and Sciences; the department offers a major, minor, and graduate work through the Master's of Interdisciplinary Studies degree program. Daniels continues the institute's strong tradition of giving USD students a rich and unique environment for learning about Native peoples.

"Dr. Daniels brings to the position a lifelong interest in Native American issues, a research record in that area, and academic credentials suitable for a department chairperson," says Matthew Moen, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "He will provide leadership that affirms our strong institutional commitment to American Indian Studies."��

Daniels enters at an exciting time. Created by the South Dakota Legislature, the Institute of American Indian Studies celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The newly created Department of American Indian Studies begins on July 1.

Daniels will help promote the Native American presence on campus, and he will work to create more courses on campus that examine Native American issues. He will also work with tribal governments in the state and region, creating new distance learning and research collaborations with tribal colleges.

Daniels earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Toledo in 1999 and he has served in the Department of Psychology at USD. He has been active in scholarly organizations focused on Native Americans, the recipient of grants in his research areas, and heavily focused on service to Native people, including work on the Rosebud and Winnebago reservations.�

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