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That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

Majors & Degrees

Brenda Merkel

Brenda Merkel

Brenda Merkel

Assistant Professor


College of Business and Information Systems


D.B.A., Management, Anderson University, 2021
M.S., Banking & Financial Services, Northern State University, 2016
M.E., Guidance & Counseling, Northern State University, 2003
B.S., Business Education, Northern State University, 2001
B.S., Respiratory Care, Dakota State University, 1996
A.S., Respiratory Care, Dakota State University, 1995


Dr. Brenda Merkel is an assistant professor of management who joined DSU in August 2022. She received her DBA in management from Anderson University, Indiana. Dr. Merkel has worked as a registered respiratory therapist (RRT) for 30+ years in hospital settings and applies that knowledge to the management classroom. Her research interests include strategic management, organizational behavior, healthcare, and organizational culture.


Office Location: East Hall
Phone: (605) 256-5165


Strategic management

Organizational behavior


Organizational culture

  • Friend of CTE Award: South Dakota ACTE, July 2015. Received for dedication to business education programs.
  • Outstanding Business Educator: National Entrepreneurship Education Forum, November 2011. Praised for innovative curriculum.

Bockorny, K. M., Henderson, A., Merkel, B., & School, A. (2023), The Well-Being of a University: The Relationship Between Gratitude and Organizational Commitment on Faculty Members’ Intention to Stay. Journal of Management Policy and Practice, 24(5).

Merkel, B., & Barclay, A. (2015), Appreciative Inquiry for Business. Twenty Second Annual South Dakota International Business Conference, 2015 Conference Proceedings.

Merkel, B., & Barclay, A. Ohmer, D. (2015), Teaching Appreciative Inquiry to Management Students to Engage Generation Y in the Workplace. Fifteenth Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education: HICE.

Cassell, S.K., & Merkel, B. (2018) Integrating Salt & Light in Online Courses. Christian Business Academy Review.

Ohmer, D., Barclay, A., & Merkel, B. (2018), Using Appreciative Inquiry to Manage Generation Y. Journal of Management Policy and Practice, 19(2).

SD International Business Conference (2015), Appreciative Inquiry for Business.

SD Association for Career & Technical Education (2017), Curriculum techniques for student organizations (Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda).

SD Association for Career & Technical Education (2019), Project based learning associated with the BIG Idea competition.

SD Emergency Medical Services Association District IV's (2019), Oxygenation, Ventilation, and Airway Management I.

SD Emergency Medical Services Association District IV's (2021), Oxygenation, Ventilation, and Airway Management II.

SD Future Business Leaders of America (2022), Conference workshop on success / failure within entrepreneurship.