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DWU announces faculty promotions, tenure

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Six faculty and staff members at Dakota Wesleyan University are recognized for promotion, tenure or degree advancement.

Derek Driedger was promoted to professor status. Driedger is also the dean of the College of Adult and Professional Studies and director of the graduate education program. Driedger began at DWU in 2007 in the English department. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of North Dakota and his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Barbara Duffey was promoted to associate professor of English and granted tenure. Duffey has been teaching at DWU since 2012. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Houston, and her Ph.D. from the University of Utah.

Jessica Jarding was promoted to associate professor of nursing and granted tenure. Jarding has been teaching at DWU since 2002. She is a 1999 Dakota Wesleyan graduate with an Associates of Arts degree in nursing, and obtained her bachelor’s in nursing from South Dakota State University and her Master of Science degree from the University of Wyoming. She teaches the LPN to Bachelor of Science-nursing program on the Sioux Falls campus.

Alisha Vincent was promoted to associate professor of nonprofit administration and granted tenure. Vincent is also the executive director of the McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service on campus. Vincent began at DWU in 2013. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Black Hills State University, a Master of Science degree from Walden University, and an Education Doctorate from the University of South Dakota.

Diane Sandhoff earned her Education Doctorate from Northcentral University. Sandhoff has been on the DWU staff since 1989 and currently serves as the director of nursing. She received her RN diploma from St. John’s School of Nursing, and a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from South Dakota State University.

Rocky VonEye was granted professor emeritus status. VonEye served on Dakota Wesleyan’s staff as a professor, dean and provost from 1985 to 2017.  She was a professor of mathematics, the dean for the College of Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences, and served as provost before retirement. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from South Dakota State University and her doctorate is from the University of South Dakota. She has also been assistant academic dean and acting vice president for academic affairs.