The award winners this year include Dr. Jose Flores of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Dr. Terry Robertson of the Department of Communcation Studies, and Dr. Matt Fairholm of the Department of Political Science and acting director of the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership.�
The awards were endowed by Richard and Sharon Cutler of Sioux Falls, to recognize distinguished faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences. Three awards � each carrying a $3,500 cash prize payable through The University of South Dakota Foundation � are given annually to faculty who advance liberal arts education through teaching and research over a three-year span.�
Flores was honored for his work with students in the classroom and over the Internet; for receiving a governor's grant that allowed him to teach math through computer animation; for a regular commitment to undergraduate research, and for research focused on differential equation theory and mathematical modeling of insect predators/pests, that has led to approximately one dozen publications.
Robertson was chosen for student teaching evaluations that rival any in the College of Arts and Sciences; for preparing and delivering 14 different undergraduate/graduate classes, including participation in the USD IdEA program; for a publication record at USD that includes nine articles, two book chapters, a book titled VideoStyle, WebStyle, and NewStyle, and a forthcoming anthology titled Political Communication Frameworks.
Fairholm was chosen for exceptionally strong course evaluations in the leadership program; for out-of-classroom contributions that include supervision of many honors theses, sessions with Vermillion community leaders, work with communities such as Alcester; and for approximately one dozen publications in the fields of public administration and leadership.