Courtney Waid-Lindberg, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, won Northern State University’s 2016-2017 Outstanding Faculty Award based on her achievements in teaching, research, and service. Before coming to Northern, Dr. Waid-Lindberg earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Kentucky, a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. Since joining Northern in 2013, Dr. Waid-Lindberg has taught a range of engaging classes and established a strong rapport with students, a record recognized by colleagues around the region who selected her to receive the Great Plains Sociological Teaching Award. Dr. Waid-Lindberg is also very active in scholarship. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in academic venues and is a regular presenter at professional conferences. Most recently, Dr. Waid-Lindberg won Northern’s 2017 Nora Staael Evert Research Award for her project titled “Understanding the Needs of Victim Advocate Service Providers in South Dakota.” Dr. Waid-Lindberg’s service contributions also have an impact across campus, including serving as a member of Undergraduate Student Research Committee, University Athletic Committee, Institutional Review Board Committee, and Academic Affairs Committee at Northern. Beyond Northern, Dr. Waid-Lindberg’s peers voted her to become the next President of the Great Plains Sociological Association. Dr. Waid-Lindberg’s achievements are just one example of many of the dedication demonstrated by faculty throughout the College of Arts and Sciences to help our student succeed and contribute to our community and region.