The Department of Geography at South Dakota State University
seeks applications for a tenure-track position with a
specialization in Physical Geography at the rank
of Assistant Professor to begin August 22, 2018.
This is a 9-month, full-time, benefit eligible position. The
Department of Geography offers B.S. degrees in Geography and GISc,
an M.S. in Geography, and faculty supervision of PhD. students in
the Geospatial Science program.
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
- PhD in Geography, or closely related field, by first day of
- Ability to develop the department’s Physical Geography program
and effectively teach the program’s undergraduate and graduate
- Ability to teach introductory physical geography and in the
candidate’s area of specialization;
- Ability to undertake collaborative research within the
department and university;
- Ability to engage in Physical Geography at the national
- Ability to publish the results of original research in
peer-reviewed journals, and develop an independent,
externally-funded research program;
- Ability to use technology in managing and delivering
- Effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal
- Ability to develop a field techniques course;
- Interest in helping to develop an Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
course and/or integrate Geographic Information Sciences into
teaching and research.
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.
Approximately 55% of SDSU students are residents of South Dakota,
37% from other states, and 8% from other countries. There are
ongoing efforts to bring a greater global perspective to the campus
to increase diversity. The work of the university is carried out on
a resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre,
Rapid City, and through Extension offices and Agricultural
Experiment Station research sites across the state.
From its roots as a land grant university established in
Brookings, South Dakota in 1881, SDSU today is a vibrant, complex
Carnegie Research University – High Intensity institution. It
competes in Division I Athletics, is a member of the Missouri
Valley Football Conference and participates in the Summit League
for most other sports.
With exceptional alumni, community, and Foundation support for
student scholarships as well as all aspects of campus life, SDSU is
the center of life in Brookings. Brookings, a community of
approximately 23,000, is located in eastern South Dakota along
Interstate 29, just one hour north of the state’s largest city –
Sioux Falls. 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. Residents enjoy the
tree-lined streets, leisurely pace of living, a short commute time
and a variety of career opportunities in a growing job market.
Division I South Dakota State University creates a youthful and
energetic atmosphere and provides residents with a multitude of
athletic, cultural, educational and recreational activities. The
top-ranked Brookings School District offers small classroom sizes
and highly qualified, experienced teachers. The city boasts an
abundance of attractions and activities such as the Children’s
Museum of S.D., Dakota Nature Park, S.D. Art Museum, McCrory
Gardens, S.D. Ag Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center of S.D.,
Downtown at Sundown, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.
Brookings is consistently ranked as a top place to live. Recent
accolades include: #1 Best Place to Live in S.D., #25 Best City for
Entrepreneurs, #2 Best School District in S.D., Top 10 Best Small
Towns in America, Safest College Town in America, and the Top 25
Safest Cities in America. Learn more about Brookings by visiting
Bring Your Dreams!
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Position is open until
filled with full consideration given to applications received by
March 5, 2018
SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To
apply, visit: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu,
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. SDSU is especially interested in
candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course
offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented
minorities in organizations. 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.
South Dakota State University is a tobacco free
For questions on the positions, contact the Search Chair, Dr.
Jamie Spinney at 605-688-5509 or Jamie.Spinney@sdstate.edu.