A prominent educator for more than a half-century, David A. Evans has been a professor emeritus of English at South Dakota State University since 2007
SIOUX FALLS, SD, April 06, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present David A. Evans with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Mr. Evans celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
A prominent educator for more than a half-century, Mr. Evans has been a professor emeritus of English at South Dakota State University since 2007, having taught at the same university since joining the faculty as an assistant professor of English in 1968. Between 1997 and 2007, he was additionally active as a writer-in-residence at the aforementioned university. Prior to his tenure at SDSU, he held a number of positions at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Serving as an exchange professor at Yunnan Normal University in China between 1988 and 1989, Mr. Evans was notably appointed by the governor of South Dakota as the state's poet laureate, a role he assumed for more than a decade between 2002 and 2014.
Renowned as a prolific storyteller, Mr. Evans has published countless poems, short stories and essays that have been featured in magazines, journals, textbooks and more than 80 anthologies. The author of eight books of poetry, he has also contributed as an author and editor to seven additional books and has had his poems reprinted in prominent sports literature publications, as many of his creative works draw from his own experience as a former high school and college athlete. Some of the acclaimed books to Mr. Evans' credit include "Decent Dangers" in 2000 and "The Bull Rider's Advice: New and Selected Poems" in 2004, as well as "Double Happiness: Two Lives in China," which he co-authored with his wife, Jan Evans, in 1995.
Since 2001, Mr. Evans has provided his wealth of knowledge to the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls as a writing mentor and the Brookings Arts Council as a member of the steering committee. Moreover, he previously dedicated his time to the South Dakota Arts Council as an artist in schools throughout his community. Mr. Evans remains affiliated with several organizations related to academia and poetry as well, including the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English, the Society of Midland Authors, the Academy of American Poets, the Poetry Society of America, the Fulbright Association and several honor societies. Before embarking upon his professional endeavors, he pursued a formal education at Morningside College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1962. Mr. Evans subsequently obtained a Master of Arts at the University of Iowa in 1964 and a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Arkansas in 1976.
Lauded as the first person in the state of South Dakota to receive a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1974, Mr. Evans has since secured several other writing grants from the Bush Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the South Dakota Arts Council. In recognition of his teachings and writings, he was presented with an Exemplary Teacher Award from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in 1999, the Alumni Educator of the Year from Morningside College in 2003 and the South Dakota Author of the Year by the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English in 2005. The recipient of two Fulbright scholarships to China from 1992 to 1993 and 1998 to 1999, he was additionally honored with Special Recognition from the Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at Augustana College in 2004 and the Mayor's Award for the Arts for Excellence in Literary Arts in Sioux Falls in 2007. A celebrated Marquis listee, he has also been featured in several editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education and Who's Who in the World.
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