Dr. David Wolff, professor of history at Black Hills State University, was selected to receive the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award. Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, BHSU president, surprised Wolff in his classroom to present him with the award.

Dr. David Wolff, professor of history at Black Hills State University, who is known for his extensive community service and exemplary classroom leadership, has been selected to receive the prestigious 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award.

Wolff was chosen by his peers for this award because of his support of BHSU students, the University, and the surrounding community. Faculty members who nominated Wolff say he is a true asset to BHSU, who does a lot to support students, the University and the surrounding community.

Since joining the BHSU faculty in 1998, Wolff has taught numerous history courses, including History of the Black Hills and History of South Dakota. According to one of the nominators, “David is an inspiring teacher. His students rave about his classes, especially those dealing with the history of the Black Hills and South Dakota.”

Wolff’s passion for history has led him to become involved in several historical societies and associations including: the Adams Museum and Historic House Board of Directors, South Dakota State Historical Society Board of Trustees, South Dakota State Railroad Museum Board of Directors, Mining History Association, and Lawrence County Historical Society Board of Directors.

Wolff also gives presentations in the community on a wide variety of topics related to the area’s history, including topics discussed in his recently published book, Seth Bullock: Black Hills Lawman.

Wolff has published numerous articles and reviews and even appeared in HBO’s hit series “Deadwood” during an interview on “The Real Deadwood” discussing Deadwood’s history.

In recognition of his contributions to the University and the community, Wolff has been co-recipient of the BHSU “Community Service Award;” was named BHSU Student Senate Outstanding Faculty Member; and was presented with the Mining History Association’s Clark Spence Award for his book Industrializing the Rockies.

Wolff received bachelor’s degrees in pharmacy and history from the University of Wyoming, as well as a master’s degree in history. He received his doctoral degree in history from Arizona State University.