Instructor of Journalism

Brookings, South Dakota, United States

Job description

The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at South Dakota State University invites applications for a full-time, nine-month Instructor of Journalism. 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.

We seek candidates to teach courses in visual communication. We are interested in candidates with professional experience in multi-media and who demonstrate innovative and strategic use of digital, social media, and emerging technology.

– Earned doctorate in journalism and mass communication or closely related field or an earned master’s degree and ten (10) years of relevant professional media experience.
– Evidence of effective university teaching in visual communication.
– Proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud and other state-of-the art digital storytelling programs.
– Familiarity with this region and contacts with its media outlets.
– Evidence of awards and recognition for visual communication work.
– Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills.
– Demonstrated effective interpersonal relations skills.

– Online teaching experience and experience working with student groups.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications.

South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive higher education institution. As South Dakota’s Morrill Act land-grant university, SDSU had a fall 2016 enrollment of 12,613 students from all 50 states and 85 countries. Students choose from 73 majors, 36 specializations, 75 minors, 35 master’s degree programs, 15 Ph.D. programs, and two professional doctorates.

With approximately 200 undergraduate majors and 40 graduate students and 11 full-time faculty, the ACEJMC-accredited Department of Journalism and Mass Communication offers majors in advertising, journalism, and public relations.

From its roots as a land grant university established in 1881, SDSU today is a vibrant, complex Carnegie Research University – High Intensity institution that competes in Division I athletics.
SDSU is the center of life in Brookings, a community of 23,773 in eastern South Dakota. Brookings is a safe, family-friendly, vibrant, thriving community with many amenities you would find in a much larger city, but with a small-town feel.

Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by December 4, 2017.

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 a 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. Rebecca Britt at or (605) 688-4171.

We are the state’s largest university—and if you ask us, its best. With South Dakota’s most comprehensive range of academic offerings, there’s no better place to explore everything from aerospace to zoology.