Assistant Professor in Secondary Education

Brookings, South Dakota, United States

Job description

The Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership in the College of Education and Human Sciences at SDSU invites candidates for a nine-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in the area of Secondary Education. Appointment to begin August 2018. We seek scholars committed to core issues in K-12 education and the improvement of teachers and educational systems, particularly in rural schools. The department includes programs in Early Childhood Education, Secondary Education, and Career & Technical Education programs in Family and Consumer Sciences and Agricultural Education. The Teacher Education Program at SDSU is NCATE/CAEP accredited.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Candidates are expected to: 1) contribute to the field through active research, publishing, and the securing of external grants; 2) collaborate with faculty, public school, and community partners to implement year-long residency and foster the use of technology for clinical supervision and teacher professional development; 3) teach master’s level and undergraduate courses (both face-to-face and online); 4) advise students and supervise graduate interns; and 5) engage in institutional and professional service. Candidates are expected to have clear research and scholarship interests and to secure external funding. Candidates with experience working with initiatives, projects, and programs that focus on improving the development of educational opportunities for rural schools and communities are highly preferable.

Earned Doctorate in Education or evidence that the Doctoral degree will be completed prior to the start of the appointment. Candidates must have demonstrated an active interest in the field through research and scholarship in one or more of the following areas: content area teaching in grades 5-12; teacher professional development; use of innovative methods; developing K-12, university, and community partnerships; and leading change in rural education. Minimum of three years teaching experience at the secondary level and demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively with others. Effective written and verbal communication skills, and interpersonal skills.

Desirable areas of specialization include: leadership in school organizations; culturally responsive pedagogy; evaluating teacher candidates; and bridging theory and practice. Senior scholars should have a record of leadership in externally-funded research projects and/or professional organizations.

Commensurate with qualifications.

SDSU is a land grant institution and the state’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 12,800 students.

The Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership has programs on the SDSU Campus, and houses the Fishback Center for Early Childhood Education which includes one toddler laboratory classroom, two preschool classrooms, and one Kindergarten room which is a cooperative venture with the Brookings School District.

SDSU is located in Brookings, South Dakota, a community of approximately 22,100 near the east central border of South Dakota on Interstate 29. The city has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible to major medical facilities, has an active cultural and social environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within driving distance. It is 50 miles north of Sioux Falls, a city of close to 150,000.

Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by January 15, 2018.

How to apply

SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting.” The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; Curriculum Vitae; and reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

For questions on the position, contact Dr. Jennifer Kampmann at (605) 688-5628 or, or Dr. Andrew Stremmel at (605) 688-6815 or

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