From the humanities division, Lee Roripaugh of the department of English was honored for her strong programmatic contributions to USD. Roripaugh has consistently earned high teaching evaluations across undergraduate and graduate courses and she is also an award-winning poet, including her volume Year of the Snake, which won the Asian American Studies Book Award in Poetry and Prose. Roripaugh hosts poetry readings at campuses and other venues all around the nation and she was recognized for her emerging work as a fiction writer.
From social sciences, Rich Fox of the anthropology program was recognized for archeological investigations in South Dakota that have focused on European-Americans, as well as the ancestors of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arirkara. He was also acknowledged for programmatic contributions that emphasize student writing, active learning and mentorship; and continuing publication on the Custer battlefield, including a recent article on archeological scale.
From the science/mathematics division, Karen Koster of the department of biology was honored for her incorporation of high standards and interdisciplinarity in cell biology and plant physiology courses. Koster was also recognized for her contributions to both Honors and Phi Beta Kappa, and her leadership role in undergraduate research on campus, which has focused on desiccation and freezing tolerance with seeds. She has also had five peer-reviewed articles – along with conference proceedings, abstracts and presentations – recently published.
The three awards, each carrying a $3,500 cash prize payable through The University of South Dakota Foundation, are presented annually to faculty who advance liberal arts education through teaching and research over a three-year span.