Faculty & Staff

Campus visits resume June 15 at Northern State University

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – Starting next week, Northern State University will begin offering campus visits to prospective students and their families on a limited basis.

Personalized, on-campus visits resume on Monday, June 15, with two visits offered each day. Visitors can get a first-hand look at life at Northern, including touring campus and meeting with faculty and staff.

To keep campus safe during this time, all guests are asked to follow CDC guidelines, including:

Master’s degree strengthens leadership skills for S.D. teachers

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Leadership and Administration program offers veteran faculty, online format

ABERDEEN, S.D. – When South Dakota teacher Meghan Wounded Head wanted to pursue a master’s degree in leadership and administration, Northern State University was the obvious choice.

She had already completed one master’s program at Northern – teaching and learning in 2012 – and it was a wonderful experience.

NSU names new Executive Director of Student Success

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University has named Dr. Stacie Varnson as the new Executive Director of Student Success.

Varnson comes to Northern with extensive experience in the student success arena. She served as the director of the Academic Success Center at the University of Minnesota-Crookston from 2014 to 2019. Prior to that, she held the same position for Dickinson State University from 2008 to 2013.

Students awarded Undergraduate Competitive Research Grants

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – In addition to quality courses ensuring they are well-prepared for their future after college, many Northern State University students have the opportunity to put what they learn in the classroom into practice via independent research projects. Northern’s Undergraduate Competitive Research Grant has been funding some of those student research projects since 2012.

This year, three NSU students were awarded grants to fund their research:

Fall semester schedule adjusted for Northern, other S.D. public universities

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University will begin fall semester on Aug. 19 and conclude classroom instruction by Thanksgiving, as directed by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Last month, the board announced its commitment to on-campus operations this fall. Today, the regents said all campuses will begin instruction on Wednesday, Aug. 19, three days earlier than originally scheduled. Instead of returning to campus after the Thanksgiving recess Nov. 25-29, students will complete final exams remotely.

Schaff awarded National Endowment for the Humanities research grant

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University Professor of Political Science Dr. Jon Schaff has been awarded a competitive research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The NEH grant will fund Schaff’s research project, tentatively titled, “A More Perfect Union: Jefferson, Hamilton, and Lincoln and America's Unfinished Work,” as well as its publication.

The NSU library has made considerable changes to some important links on its webpage.

They have changed links on:

NSU student’s research project accepted into national conference

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – A research project by a Northern State University student has been accepted into the Association of Leadership Educators Annual Conference.

Ashley Meyer’s project, “Training for Middle-Level Managers: A Qualitative Study,” was accepted for the Practice and Research Posters presentation at the conference, set for July 12-15 in Nashville.


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