Waid-Lindberg receives NSU’s 2016-17 Outstanding Faculty Award

ABERDEEN, S.D. (May 6, 2017) – Dr. Courtney Waid-Lindberg has received Northern State University’s 2016-17 Outstanding Faculty Award.

Waid-Lindberg, assistant professor of sociology, received several letters of nomination from faculty and students. In his letter, NSU College of Arts and Sciences Dean Dr. Joshua Hagen said Waid-Lindberg has excelled in teaching, scholarship and service to her department, college, university and profession.

“Dr. Waid-Lindberg has established a record of excellence in teaching that is beyond reproach,” Hagen wrote.

He pointed out that she also recently won the Great Plains Sociological Teaching Award and has published at least 16 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in academic venues.

Hagen noted Waid-Lindberg’s service contributions, including serving on the Undergraduate Student Research Committee, University Athletic Committee, Institutional Review Board Committee and Academic Affairs Committee.

“Based on her record, there can be no doubt in Dr. Waid-Lindberg’s capabilities, dedication and passion for her job, Northern, our students and our community,” Hagen said.

Fellow College of Arts and Sciences faculty member Dr. Kristi Brownfield praised Waid-Lindberg’s task-driven orientation and strong work ethic in her nomination letter.

“Dr. Waid-Lindberg is an excellent faculty colleague, role model, scholar, and most importantly a strong teacher,” Brownfield said.

NSU sociology student Justine Charles called Waid-Lindberg an “exemplary professor” in her letter of support.

“There is no question that she is an exceptional professor; however, what really sets Dr. Waid-Lindberg apart are her connections with students,” Charles said. “Though it is not part of her job description, Dr. Waid-Lindberg truly gets to know her students.”

Charles said Waid-Lindberg takes the time to talk with her students about anything, and she is an excellent listener.

“She encourages students to do their best and to seek out new opportunities,” she said.

Waid-Lindberg, who grew up in Richmond, Va., has been teaching at Northern since 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Kentucky, her master’s degree in criminal justice at the University of Alabama and her Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice at Florida State University.

At Northern, Waid-Lindberg is also the CAS internship coordinator, and she oversees the NSU Traveling Classroom program, which leads students on a field trip to criminal justice and human service-related facilities. Waid-Lindberg also won the 2017 Nora Staael Evert Research Award for her project, titled “Understanding the Needs of Victim Advocate Service Providers in South Dakota.”

The Outstanding Faculty Award was announced at NSU’s spring commencement ceremony on Saturday.

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