USD announces Belbas-Larson Award winners for 2008

USD announces Belbas-Larson Award winners for 2008
Professor Chris Hutton and Assistant Professor Amy Schweinle have been honored by The University of South Dakota for their excellence in teaching.

Hutton and Schweinle are the 2008 recipients of the Belbas-Larson Awards for Excellence in Teaching. They will be recognized at the May 10 commencement ceremony and each will receive a $5,000 tribute and framed certificate commemorating their accomplishment. The Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching is the highest honor USD bestows upon its educators.

Honored in the tenured category, Hutton, J.D., is a professor of law in the School of Law. She teaches courses in Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence and Advanced Criminal Procedure. In addition to her teaching and advising roles on campus, Hutton also serves as publisher of the South Dakota Criminal Law and Procedure Review, and edits the treatise South Dakota Evidence by John Larson. Her professional publications include commentary on the death penalty, evidence issues in criminal trials, retroactivity and standards of review. She supervises approximately 40 law school students annually who volunteer with the Innocence Project of South Dakota, which is based at the USD School of Law to investigate claims of innocence raised by inmates in the South Dakota State Penitentiary.


"Each year, I have the privilege of observing Professor Hutton in the classroom. She is such a great teacher it almost, but not quite, makes me want to go back to law school," noted Barry Vickrey, dean of the School of Law. "In addition to her teaching, Professor Hutton is a fine legal scholar and is tireless in providing public and professional service nationally, in South Dakota, and within the law school. She is both a model for and outstanding representative of the great faculty in the law school and the University."

Hutton received a bachelor's degree from St. Joseph's College, juris doctor from Washburn University and a master's of law degree from Harvard University. She is also a member of the bar in South Dakota and Kansas.

Recognized in the tenure-track category, Schweinle, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the School of Education and program coordinator for educational psychology at The University. Her courses include Foundations of Educational Statistics, Advanced Statistics: Correlational Analysis, Advanced Statistics: Experimental Analysis, Multivariate Techniques and, on occasion, she also teaches Repeated Measures Analysis and Teaching Statistics. Some of her recent publications are Striking the Right Balance: Students' Motivation and Affect in Upper Elementary Mathematics Classes, which appeared in the Journal of Educational Research and Can Challenging Classes Be Enjoyable, which was featured in the Academic Exchange Quarterly.

the lead article in South Dakota Law Review's Sentencing and Punishment Symposium Issue. The article was also co-written by Richard Braunstein, Ph.D., an associate professor in the political science department at USD.

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