David A. Evans

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: South Dakota State University
Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States

David A. Evans, Professor Emeritus at South Dakota State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in English education.

Growing up with a father who loved Shakespeare, Mr. Evans naturally found a love for the English language and literature. In 1962, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Morningside College, which set him up to acquire a Master’s from the University of Iowa. He later obtained a Master’s of Fine Art from the University of Arkansas. From 1968 until 1978, Mr. Evans worked as an assistant professor of English at South Dakota State University, building off of his prior teaching experience at Adams State College. He remained at the university until his retirement in 2007, though he has since earned the title of professor emeritus. He continues to hold that title today, alongside his work as a poet laureate throughout South Dakota. Mr. Evans has additionally found joy as a writing mentor for inmates in the South Dakota State Prison.

Outside of the classroom, Mr. Evans has built up a reputation as an esteemed author. Some of his most notable works include, “Bull Rider’s Advice: New and Selected Poems,” from 2004, “Hanging Out with the Crows,” from 1990, and “Real and False Alarms,” from 1980. Looking back on his illustrious career, Mr. Evans is proud of each class he taught and every work he has written, though he considers some of his greatest accomplishments to be earning several distinguished writing grants, such as the 1980 National Endowment for the Arts grant. Further, he was the artist grantee for the Bush Foundation in 1990 and earned the Mayor’s Award for the Arts for Excellence in Literary Arts from Sioux Falls in 2007. As a further testament to his success, Mr. Evans is featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in the World.

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