Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) of Educational Leadership



Job description

South Dakota State University is offering an exciting career opportunity as an Assistant Professor in the School of Education, Counseling, and Human Development. We are looking for a creative and innovative professional to join us with experience in P-12 leadership (school or district level) to teach classes, advise for the Educational Administration graduate program, and engage in scholarship. This position is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track. benefit-eligible position with the opportunity for summer employment. The position is supervised by the Director of the School of Education, Counseling, and Human Development. South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.


  • Have an active and defined research agenda with potential for publication.
  • Teach high quality courses in various formats (face-to-face, hybrid, and online).
  • Seek extramural funding for research interests.
  • Advise and serve on graduate student committees.
  • Provide service to and with the program, school, college, and university committees and to the community.
  • Collaborate with the South Dakota Department of Education.
  • Help prepare graduate students to be practitioners in the field.


  • Earned Doctorate (Ph.D. or Ed.D) in the area of Educational Leadership, Educational Administration or terminal degree in leadership by August 2023.
  • Research skills and potential for developing a productive research agenda in the areas of educational leadership and policy.
  • Strong potential for publication and external funding of research interests.
  • Experience in P-12 leadership (school or district level).
  • Ability to lead effective change at the school or district level in settings serving students from a variety of economic, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.
  • Support for a culture of inclusion, equity, and diversity of thought.
  • Effective interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively.


  • Demonstrated research and leadership contributions and/or strong potential in the following areas: teacher professional development; use of innovative methods; and leading change in rural education.
  • Past evidence of school-community collaborations that include organizing parents, specialists, administrators, teachers, and other stakeholders to maximize the academic, emotional, and personal growth and safety of students.
  • Interest in developing curriculum for the Educational Administration program.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with accreditation.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications.

UNIVERSITY /COMMUNITY: South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 academic programs, an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students, and over $60 million annual research expenditures. Teacher Education and Educational Administration programs are located in the College of Education and Human Sciences. The College houses 15 majors and 22 minors and serves roughly 2,200 students each year.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. Brookings is listed as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees, and is rated among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school, and a high school.

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by November 11, 2022.

How to apply

SDSU accepts applications through an online employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” 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, academic graduate transcripts, and reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 or [email protected] if you require assistance with this process.

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

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It is university policy to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

For questions on the position, contact Patrick Hales at [email protected] or 605-688-5039.

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU prohibits discrimination on, the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing [email protected] Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007, 605-688-4128.

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