Nov 29, 2020  
Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 
    
Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About DSU



Accreditation

Dakota State University or specific programs offered are accredited by the following agencies:

  • The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    230 S. LaSalle St. - Suite 7-500
    Chicago, IL 60604-1413 • (312) 263-0456 • 1-800-621-7440
  • Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • Division of Education of the South Dakota Department of Education and Cultural Affairs
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • State Approving Agency as programs eligible for veterans benefits
  • Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
  • Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education

Mission Statement

The Legislature established Dakota State University as an institution specializing in programs in computer management, computer information systems, and other related undergraduate and graduate programs as outlined in SDCL 13-59-2.2. A special emphasis is the preparation of the elementary and secondary teachers with expertise in the use of computer technology and information processing in the teaching and learning process.

The Board implemented SDCL 13-59-2.2 by authorizing undergraduate and graduate programs that are technology-infused and promote excellence in teaching and learning. These programs support research, scholarly and creative activities and provide service to the State of South Dakota and the region. Dakota State University is a member of the South Dakota System of Higher Education.

Curriculum

Degrees are authorized at the associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctorate levels.

The following curriculum is approved for the university:

  1. Undergraduate Programs
    • Associate degree programs are approved in health information technology, respiratory care, business management, network and security administration, software development, web development and general studies.
    • Baccalaureate programs are approved in health information administration, respiratory care,  business, computer game design, digital arts and design, education, English for new media, information systems, computer science, network and security administration, cyber security, mathematics, analytical science and general studies.
  2. Graduate Programs
  • Master's degree programs are approved in education, information systems, cyber operations, health informatics and information management, analytic, computer science and business administration.
  • Doctorate of Philosophy degree programs are approved in information systems, cyber defense and cyber operations.

Strategic Plan

Mission:  Dakota State University provides learning that integrates technology and innovation to develop graduates ready to contribute to local, national, and global prosperity.

Vision:  Building upon its distinctive mission, DSU will become: 

  • The university of choice for those seeking a student-centered institution that offers innovative programs grounded in teaching, research, technology, scholarship, and service excellence.
  • An academic community that serves as an economic engine in local, national, and global markets.
  • A campus recognized for its achievements in continuous quality improvement.

Values:  At Dakota State University, we value

  • Student Success.
  • University-wide Excellence.
  • Distinction in Teaching, Scholarship, and Service.
  • Academic Freedom and Integrity.
  • Diversity, Respect, and Inclusion.
  • Change and Continuous Improvement.
  • Community, Collaboration, and Communication.
  • Technology and Innovation inside and outside the classroom.

Goals and Initiatives:

Educate to Inspire:  Dedicated to Academic Quality and Excellence.

  • Offer innovative and robust academic programs that link to our mission.
  • Advance inquiry, scholarship, research, and creative activity.
  • Provide opportunities for experiential learning within the curriculum.
  • Infuse innovative technology in the delivery of academic programs.
  • Support clear and defined learning outcomes to ensure that DSU graduates are competitive in their fields.

Grow to Thrive:  Dedicated to Student Access and Success.

  • Optimize undergraduate and graduate enrollment.
  • Recruit a more diverse student, faculty, and staff population.
  • Support a quality co-curricular educational experience.
  • Create a campus environment that supports student engagement and learning.

Innovate to Transform:  Dedicated to Continuous Improvement.

  • Focus on maximizing cost-effectiveness and supporting the development of new resources to support the university's mission.
  • Through continuous quality improvement, DSU will evaluate university-wide processes to promote a student-friendly environment.
  • Create a campus culture that promotes transparent decision making, effective communication, and shared governance.
  • Improve brand awareness regionally, nationally, and globally.

Collaborate to Lead:  Dedicated to Internal and External Partnerships.

  • Develop a robust University Advancement program that increases resources for scholarship, facilities, and faculty/staff development.
  • Expand industry, government, and K-12 partnerships to enhance the student educational experience.
  • Increase alumni involvement through university-wide programs that engage both current and former students.

Campus Diversity Plan

Dakota State University is committed to providing an opportunity to learn in a rich environment free of intolerance and bigotry, one that teaches and honors the importance of the acceptance of differences in others. All members of the community have a responsibility to make DSU campuses and classrooms welcoming and respectful of each member's differences and/or abilities. An investment in diversity is more than the act of recruiting diverse peoples to campus or celebrating ethnically themed events or holidays.

Diversity Mission Statement:

The Dakota State University community asserts these fundamental beliefs:

  • Individuals who differ in age, creed, culture, exceptionalities, ethnicity, gender, race, sexuality, and social-economic status all contribute to the diversity which we value in the university community.
  • Respect for all individuals and interaction with people different from oneself are essential components of a university education.
  • The university community pledges to promote an atmosphere, which encourages the development of potential and promotes the value of diversity.

Dakota State University's History

Dakota State University was founded in 1881 as Dakota State Normal School, the first teacher education institution in Dakota Territory. Its mission was to recruit and educate young adults to become teachers for the growing communities in the region.

Over the decades, the university's programs of study have evolved. In 1888, commercial studies were added, the forerunner to today's majors in the College of Business and Information Systems. Humanities courses were added throughout the years as well, now gathered under the College of Arts & Sciences. Future elementary, secondary, and special education teachers continue to study in the College of Education.

Along with these program additions, there were several name changes, including Dakota Normal School, Eastern State Teachers College, General Beadle State College, and Dakota State College.

The biggest change for the university came in 1984, when the South Dakota Legislature and the South Dakota Board of Regents changed the mission of Dakota State to include and emphasize computer technology and information systems. The purpose of this legislative action was two-fold: it addressed economic development in the state, particularly in reference to the growing banking and financial services industry; it also added a technology focus to all program offerings.

To fulfill this mission, DSU faculty developed leading-edge computer technology and information systems degree programs. Several program developments led to new graduate degree programs, so on July 1, 1989, the South Dakota Legislature changed the name to Dakota State University, to reflect the expansion of the university's degree options.

Dakota State University's innovative curriculum led to national recognition. In 2004, DSU was one of ten colleges in the country named a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency. The university now has CAE distinctions in cyber defense education, cyber defense research, cyber operations, and is a cyber defense consultative regional resource center.

Additionally, DSU is one of a few universities in the country that partners with the NSA National Cryptologic School, through which NSA military and civilian employees are able finish their associate, undergraduate, and graduate degrees in cyber operations. Dakota State also has articulation agreements with the Community College of the Air Force; students can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree on their way to a Bachelor of Science degree in Cyber Leadership and Intelligence, or take general education courses.

DSU has also focused on applying computer technology to traditional academic fields, leading to the development of unique, technology-focused degree programs in business, English, and art, to name a few. Traditional majors in the College of Business and Information Systems, such as accounting and finance, are infused with technology; new technology-focused business programs of study include computer information systems and health information administration. English students can major in English for New Media; fine arts students major in one of four specializations under the Digital Arts and Design degree, such as digital sound design or production animation. All of DSU's education majors receive a technology endorsement with their degree.

To increase student access to the technology-centric programming, Dakota State University was the first university in the state -- and one of the few in the country -- to implement a wireless mobile computing initiative by providing all students with computer notebooks in 2004. This Wireless Mobile Computing Initiative continues today: all on-campus students receive a laptop when they begin their studies.

For 18 of the last 20 years, Dakota State University has seen steady increases in enrollment. Many are on-campus students, but to reach broader audiences, including non-traditional, rural, and international students, the institution began offering distance course options in 1989. Many undergraduate programs and all DSU's nine graduate programs are now offered online.

Whether on campus or online, graduates of DSU programs enjoy enviable status in the national marketplace, with 100 percent placement rate in many of our programs.

From its start as a small college on the prairie, Dakota State University is on an inspirational and world-changing trajectory to be a forward-thinking, innovative, technology-fueled organization. In the future, Dakota State will continue to foster true innovation and active engagement in teaching, learning, scholarship, research, and service.

Equal Opportunity

Dakota State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal educational opportunity in all student services and in all staff and faculty employment actions, without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or disability.

Institutional Administration

South Dakota Board of Regents Officers for 2019-2020

President: Kevin Schieffer
Secretary: Jim Morgan
Vice President: John Bastian
Executive Director: Paul Beran

  John Bastian Belle Fourche  
  Pam Roberts Pierre
  Randy Schaefer Madison
  Lucas Lund Sioux Falls
  Jim Morgan Brookings
  David Mickelson Sioux Falls
  Joan Wink Howes (Meade)
  Jim Thares Aberdeen
  Kevin Schieffer Pierre
     
  Board of Regents
State of South Dakota
306 E. Capitol Ave., Suite 200
Pierre, SD 57501-2545

Governance and Organization of the University

Dakota State University is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents and operates under the policies and regulations of the Regents. The President is the chief executive officer of the University. The principal officers of the University are the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Business & Administrative Services, the Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs, the Vice President for Technology and CIO, Vice President for Human Relations, Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Vice President for Institutional Advancement.  The general faculty oversee the policies and regulations governing academic and student affairs of the university. Committees are elected or appointed to address matters of importance to students and the faculty.

Executive Administration

  President Jose'-Marie Griffiths
  Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Interim Jim Moran
  Vice President for Business and Administrative Services Stacy Krusemark
  Vice President for Student Affairs, Interim Jim Jacobsen
  Vice President for Institutional Advancement Mark Millage
  Vice President for Technology & CIO David Overby
  Vice President for Human Resources Angi Kappenman
  Vice President for Research and Economic Develoment Josh Pauli

 Academic Administration

  Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Interim Judy Dittman
  Dean, College of Business and Information Systems Dorine Bennett
  Dean, Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences Richard Hanson
  Dean, College of Education Crystal Pauli
  Dean, Graduate Studies and Research Mark Hawkes

Library Staff

  Jan Enright Director of the Karl Mundt Library
  Vaughan Hennen Digital Design and Access Librarian/Assistant Librarian
  Mary Francis Reference Librarian, Associate Professor
  Ryan Burdge Archivist

Graduate Faculty

KATIE Anderson (2014), Instructor of Reading and Language Arts

      B.S., University of South Dakota
      M.S., Black Hills State University
      Ed.D., Walden University
     
RICHARD I. AVERY (1998), Professor of Mathematics

B.S., University of New Hampshire
M.A.T., University of New Hampshire
M.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

KRISTEL BAKKER (1998), Professor of Biology

B.S., South Dakota State University
M.S., South Dakota State University
Ph.D., South Dakota State University

DORINE BENNETT (1987), Professor and Dean of the College of Business & Information Systems,  RHIA, FAHIMA,

B.S., Dakota State University
M.B.A., University of South Dakota
Ed.D., University of South Dakota

STACEY L. BERRY (2010), Associate Professor of English for New Media

B.A., Austin State University
M.S., Northern Illinois University
Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

DAVID BISHOP (2016), Associate Professor of Information Systems

       B.S., Western Washington University
       M.S., Dakota State University
       D.Sc., Dakota State University 

JUSTIN BLESSINGER (2003), Professor of English

B.A., Tabor College
M.A., Emporia State University
Ph.D., University of South Dakota

BRAMWELL BRIZENDINE (2018), Assistant Professor of Computer & Cyber Sciences

        A.A., Walla Walla Community College
        AAAS, Walla Walla Community College
        B.A., Washington State University
        M.S., Dakota State University
        Ph.D., Dakota State University

YEN-LING CHANG (2010), Associate Professor of Finance

       B.S., National Cheng Chi University
       M.B.A., National Cheng Chi University
       M.S., Iowa State University
       Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington

SUSAN CONOVER (1999), Professor of Speech

B.S., University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
M.S., Southern Illinois University
Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

DALE DROGE (1992), Professor of Biology and Academic Coordinator for Math and Science

B.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

OMAR EL-GAYAR (2000), Professor of Information Systems

B.S., M.S., University of Alexandria (Egypt)
M.A., University of Hawaii at Manoa
Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa

KARI FORBES-BOYTE (2005), Professor of Geography

B.A., California State University, Sacramento
M.A., California State University, Chico
Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

MARK GEARY (2006), Associate Professor of Education

B.A., University of Central Florida
M.A., University of Central Florida
Ed.D., University of Central Florida

ROBERT GIRTZ (2017), Assistant Professor of Business & Economics
       B.S., St. Cloud State University
       M.A., Middle Tennessee State University
       Ph.D., Middle Tennessee State University

STEVEN GRAHAM (2004), Professor of Computer Game Design/Computer Science

B.S., University of Kansas
Ph.D., University of Kansas
Additional work toward M.S.E.E. at Stanford University

TOM HALVERSON (1999), Associate Professor of Computer Science

B.A., University of Minnesota-Morris
M.S., University of Iowa
Ph.D., University of Iowa

MICHAEL HAM (2013) Assistant Professor of Cyber Security/Network & Security

       B.S., Dakota State University
       M.S., Dakota State University
       D.Sc., Dakota State University

MARK HAWKES (1999), Professor of Instructional Technology, Dean of the Graduate Studies and Research

B.S., Brigham Young University
M.S., Brigham Young University
Ph.D., Syracuse University

ROBERT J. HONOMICHL (2009) Instructor of Computer Information Systems

B.S., Dakota State University
M.S.Ed., Dakota State University

VIKI JOHNSON (2006), Assistant Professor of Sociology

B.A., Dickinson State University
M.S., North Dakota State University
Ph.D., University of North Dakota

HOUSSAIN KETTANI (2018), Professor of Computer Science

       B.S., Eastern Mediterranean University
       M.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison
       Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

DANIEL KLUMPER (2016), Instructor of Social Science Pedagogy

       B.A., Augustana College
       MSET., Dakota State University

STEPHEN KREBSBACH (2000), Professor of Computer Science and Graduate Program Coordinator for the MSCS

B.S., Moorhead State University
M.S., Moorhead State University
Ph.D., North Dakota State University

JUN LIU (2012), Associate Professor of Information Systems and Graduate Program Coordinator for MSA

         B.A., Nanjing University, China
         M.S., University of Arizona
         Ph.D., University of Arizona

JAMES MCKEOWN (1989), Lecturer of Computer Education

B.S., South Dakota State University
M.A., Teachers College / Columbia University
Ph.D., University of Iowa

SCOTT MORSTAD (2017), Assistant Professor of Accounting & Business Law
      
B.A., Augustana College
       J.D., University of South Dakota

GABE MYDLAND (1998), Associate Professor of Education

B.S., Augustana College
M.S., South Dakota State University
Ph.D., University of South Dakota

JENNIFER NASH (2005), Associate Professor of Science Education

B.S., Minnesota State University, Mankato
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

JOHN NELSON (1996), Professor of English

B.S., Black Hills State University
M.A., University of Wyoming
Additional post-graduate work at University of Kansas
P.D., University of South Dakota

CHERIE NOTEBOOM (2009) Associate Professor of Management Information Systems and Graduate Program Coordinator for Ph.D. Info Systems

B.S., South Dakota State University
M.B.A., University of South Dakota
E.D., University of South Dakota
Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Omaha

AUSTIN O'BRIEN (2015), Assistant Professor of Computer Science

      B.S., South Dakota State University
      M.S., South Dakota State University
      Ph.D., South Dakota State University

CHRIS OLSON (2006), Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems

B.S., Dakota State University
M.S., Dakota State University
Ph.D., Northcentral University

JEFFREY PALMER (1991), Professor of Mathematics

B.A., Bemidji State University
B.S., Bemidji State University
M.S., Washington State University
Ph.D., Washington State University

INSU PARK (2014) Associate Professor of Information Systems

         B.C., Hanyang University
         M.S., Hanyang University
         Ph.D., State University of NY, Buffalo

LINDA J. PARKS (2010) Associate Professor of Health Information Management

B.S., Park College, Parkville, MO
M.A., College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN

JOSH PAULI (2004), Professor of Information Systems

B.S., Dakota State University
M.S., Dakota State University
Ph.D., North Dakota State University

WAYNE PAULI (2001), Professor of Information Systems, Graduate Program Coordinator for Ph.D.  Cyber Operations

B.S., Northern State University
M.S., Dakota State University
Ph.D., Capella University

ASHLEY PODHRADSKY (2012), Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences

B.S., Dakota State University
M.S., Dakota State University
Ph.D., Dakota State University

MICHAEL ROACH (2002), Assistant Professor of Economics
       B.S., University of South Dakota
       M.B.A., University of Sioux Falls
       Ph.D., Capella University

PAMELA ROWLAND (2005), Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Cyber Security
       B.S., South Dakota State University
       M.S., Dakota State University
       D.Sc., Daktota State University

RONGHUA SHAN (1998), Professor of Computer Science/Information Systems and Graduate Program Coordinator for MSIS

B.E., Zhejiang University of Technology, Zhejiang, China
Post Graduate Diploma - China University of Mining & Technology, Beijing, China
M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

KEVIN SMITH (2013), Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education and Program Coordinator for MSET

       B.S.Ed., Dakota State University
       M.Ed., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
       Ed.D., University of Memphis

MARK SPANIER (2015), Assistant Professor of Cryptography
     
  B.S., North Dakota State University
       Ph.D., North Dakota State University

RENAE L. SPOHN (2012), Assistant Professor of Health Information Management, RHIA, CPHQ, FAHIMA, FNAHQ, and Program Coordinator for MSHIIM

         A.S., Colorado Technical University
         A.S., Dakota State University
         B.S., Dakota State University
         M.B.A., City University (Bellevue, WA)
         Additional study, Colorado Technical University

KEVIN STREFF (2002), Professor of Information Assurance and Program Coordinator for the MSCD

B.B.A., Dakota State University
M.B.A., Temple University
Ph.D., Capella University

JOSH STROSCHEIN (2013), Assistant Professor of Computer Science

       B.S., University of South Dakota
       M.S., Dakota State University
       D.Sc., Dakota State University

DANIEL TALLEY (1996), Professor of Economics

B.S., University of Puget Sound
Ph.D., University of Oregon

DEB TECH (1999), Associate Professor of Marketing

B.A., Concordia Teachers College
M.B.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Ph.D., Northcentral University

BRENT TULLOSS (2001), Lecturer of Information Systems

B.S., Dakota State University
M.S., Dakota State University

JACK WALTERS (2005), Professor of Management and Graduate Program Coordinator for the MBA

B.S., University of Pennsylvania
M.S., University of South Florida
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

YONG WANG (2012), Associate Professor / Senior Researcher

         B.S., Wuhan University, China
         M.Eng., Wuhan University, China
         Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

JULIE WULF-PLIMPTON (2016), Assistant Professor of Health Information
         B.S., Dakota State University
         M.S., Dakota State University