Faculty

This listing includes all faculty (professors, instructors, adjuncts, lecturers, etc.) that teach in program specific courses within the major. This does not necessarily include those who teach general education classes.

Kristel Bakker
Kristel Bakker
Kristel Bakker

Position: Professor of Biology

Department: College of Arts and Sciences

Education:
Ph.D. Biological Sciences, South Dakota State University, 2000
M.S., South Dakota State University
B.S., South Dakota State University

I teach General Biology, Conservation Biology, Cells and Tissues, and Biological Instrumentation.

Research interests:  wildlife ecology and management, specialize in grassland nesting bird habitat requirements and management

Bruce Feistner
Bruce Feistner
Bruce Feistner

Position: Director of Respiratory Care

Department: Respiratory Care

Education:

MSS, University of South Dakota, 1986

BA, Augustana College, 1981

Respiratory Therapist Certificate, Sioux Valley Hospital, 1973

Mr. Feistner is Director of the DSU Respiratory Care Program -- the main campus in Madison and Sioux Falls and the Satellite program in Rapid City.  He has been Program Director at DSU since 1985.  Prior to that, he was the program's Director of Clinical Education, and Director of the McKennan Hospital Respiratory Care Program.  He has overall responsibility for the respiratory care program.

Jill Olson
Jill Olson
Jill Olson

Position: Lecturer of Respiratory Care

Department: Respiratory Care

Education:
R.R.T., B.S., Dakota State University

Jill Olson is the Clinical Instructor for the Respiratory Care Program and also teaches all of the Respiratory Equipment in the lab. Jill is involved with guiding the students in the Simulation Labs at both the USD Parry Center and at Avera McKennan Hospital. Jill's office is at Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls, SD.

Jeff Palmer

Position: Professor of Mathematics

Department: College of Arts and Sciences

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

Dr. Palmer holds a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Biology from Bemidji State University. He earned a M.S. and  a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Washington State University and did a postdoc at Cornell. He has been at DSU for 26 years teaching a wide variety of applied mathematics courses. His research interests include computer simulation and mathematical modeling, particularly of problems in ecology. Current interests include investigation of metapopulation dynamics in structured habitats, the evolution of migration timing in birds, and combat models in game design. Past projects include modeling of American Dipper populations in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Downy Woodpecker foraging ecology, correlation of climate change with spring arrival dates in birds, and co-authoring Birds of South Dakota. His ardent hobby is birding and you might just find him anywhere in the state on a quest to find a new bird for his list.

Mary Reinesch
Mary Reinesch
Mary Reinesch

Position: Associate Professor / Clinical Coordinator of Respiratory Care

Department: Respiratory Care

Education:

B.A., Augustana College (Education with Biology Emphasis)
Respiratory Therapist Certificate, Sioux Valley Hospital

Mary teaches clinical and classroom material for the Respiratory Care Program at Dakota State University.  We use the latest equipment and procedures for the student's education to assist them for future employment.  We work hard to have the students be well rounded as a professional by making them aware of the national organizations and support available to them upon graduation.

Kelly Steinmetz
Kelly Steinmetz
Kelly Steinmetz

Position: Instructor of Mathematics

Department: University Center

Education:

B.A., Truman State University
M.A., Indiana University 

Kelly Steinmetz teaches primarily at University Center in Sioux Falls.  She teaches a variety of mathematics courses from Pre-College Algebra to Calculus I, in face-to-face settings and online.

Pam Rowland
Pam Rowland
Pam Rowland

Position: Asst. Professor of Computer Science/Cyber Security / Co-Coordinator Center of Excellence / Undergraduate Research Coordinator

Department: The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences

Education:
D.Sc.IS., Dakota State University
M.S., Dakota State University
B.S., South Dakota State University

Dr. Pam Rowland is the Undergraduate Research Coordinator as well as an Assistant Professor at Dakota State University in Cyber Security, Co-Director of the Center of Excellence for Information Systems, and Director of the CybHER Institute. Pam’s area of research focuses around the gender gap of women in IT. Pam is the Co-PI for the GenCyber: Girls in CybHER Security Camp grant sponsored by the NSA and NSF. The grant allows middle school girls to attend a weeklong residential camp allowing girls to explore an interest in cybersecurity through learning about programming, networking, and security. 

Lacy Patnoe
Lacy Patnoe
Lacy Patnoe

Position: Assistant Professor Respiratory Care / Site Coordinator

Department: Respiratory Care

Education:
M.S. Health Administration, University of South Dakota, 2013
B.S. Respiratory Care, Dakota State University, 2010
A.S. Respiratory Care, Dakota State University, 2008

Lacy Patnoe teaches Respiratory Care students in the Rapid City program in the clinical and lab setting. Under Lacy's supervision, students' have the oppurtunity to get hands-on learning directly in the patient care and laboratory setting. She has worked in the clinical setting for 7 years and has been employed by DSU since January of 2014.

Abby Wortman
Abby Wortman
Abby Wortman

Position: Clinical Instructor

Department: Respiratory Care

Education: RRT, B.S., Dakota State University

I am the Clinical Instructor the Respiratory Care Program in Rapid City, SD. I teach in the clinical and lab setting in which students get hands on learning with direct patient care. I get to help students learn the latest equipment, perform procedures and build critical thinking skills to provide great patient care.