Dr. Terry Ryan
Terry Ryan, former Vice President of Student Affairs and former Dean of Students, is probably one of the most knowledgeable people at Dakota State University. Ryan has been on the campus of DSU for the better part of 30 years now and has had an invaluable impact on Dakota State. His wisdom and experience can be applied to all students, no matter what their current situation may be.
Mr. Ryan received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and a master's degree from Indiana University. Currently, he teaches Math 021 and also some Math 101 classes. Because of this fact, he does not deal with writing directly. However, as a respected faculty member, Mr. Ryan has been tapped to help DSU find an appropriate online tutorial to help students in all aspects of academia.
Mr. Ryan emphasizes that there are tutors in the library many days out of the week whose job is to help those students who are struggling with their writing. He believes it is important that students have someone other than themselves read their work because when others read a person's work, they are looking at it for the first time and bring a fresh perspective. This perspective helps them to be more objective when they read the work. One will receive better advice from another's reading than their own reading. Students tend to skip over or miss many mistakes when they proof-read their own work. The other area Mr. Ryan sees room for improvement is in students' grammar and punctuation.
Terry Ryan has seen many different situations in his tenure here at Dakota State and his wisdom is sought by all. He has seen enough to know where the problems lie with students. The commitment of students to seek others to read and make suggestions to their work is a definite need here at DSU.