Don Nilsen, PhD

Don Nilsen

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Arizona State University
Location: Tempe, Arizona, United States

Don Nilsen, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Arizona State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in linguistics.

With more than 45 years of professional experience, Dr. Nilsen has been recognized as professor emeritus of Arizona State University since 2011. Prior to his retirement, he was an assistant dean of humanities with the school, and he served as a professor of linguistics from 1978 to 2011, having been an associate professor since 1973. From 1971 to 1973, he was the director of linguistics at the University of North Iowa, and from 1969 to 1971 he was an instructor of English as a second language at the University of Michigan. Earlier in his career, he was a linguistics specialist at Kabul University from 1967 to 1969, a teacher and coordinator of the education program at the University of Michigan from 1966 to 1967, and an assistant professor at the State University of New York from 1964 to 1966.

Dr. Nilsen began his career with the United States Army, serving from 1954 to 1956. He then pursued his higher education with Brigham Young University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1958. He continued his education with American University, completing a Master of Arts in 1961. He subsequently joined the University of Michigan, earning a PhD in 1971.

A respected voice in his areas of interest, Dr. Nilsen has been affiliated with a number of professional organizations. An executive board member of the Workshop Library of World Humor, he is the co-founder and former executive secretary of the International Society of Humor Studies. He has also lent his expertise to Eastern Michigan University as an instructor, and he served as an assistant professor of linguistics at the University of Redlands.

Throughout his career, Dr. Nilsen has been recognized for his contributions. A grantee and humanities scholar of the Arizona Humanities Council, he was given the Doug Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor. He was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Humor Studies.

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