Profilet and Dejong Family Endowed Director of Early Childhood Education & Outreach

South Dakota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Feb 19, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

South Dakota State University seeks an innovative and transformational leader to serve as the Profilet and Dejong Family Endowed Director of Early Childhood Education & Outreach in the Division of Education, Counseling and Human Development. This is a nine-month, full-time, tenure track, benefit-eligible faculty position within the College of Education and Human Sciences. This position reports to the Director of the Division of Education, Counseling and Human Development. The position begins in August 2021.

The Endowed Director will engage in leadership that elevates the potential of South Dakota Children and their families through meaningful research, dynamic teaching, and sustained development of educators and leaders in Early Childhood Education.

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.

POSITION SUMMARY: This position will hold the faculty rank of Associate Professor or Professor as well as the Profilet and DeJong Endowed Director of Early Childhood Education position at South Dakota State University.


  • Providing statewide leadership in programming and outreach to children and families that fosters healthy relationships and resiliency.
  • Participating in ongoing development of curriculum and learning experiences for Early Childhood Education students and practicing childcare providers that emphasize research based, whole-child development and well-being.
  • Coordinating training and research in early childhood development and learning sciences within the Fishback Center for Early Childhood Education.
  • Maintaining a high-level of research productivity and/or scholarly activity through grant funding, peer-reviewed publications, and presentations at national and/or international forums.
  • Developing and maintaining strong collaborative partnerships at South Dakota State University, with other institutions of higher education, government agencies, industry, and nonprofit organizations where collaboration will enhance the strengths of the college and the Early Childhood Education program.

The occupant of the position will: 

  • Conduct national research studies related to pertinent rural early childhood education topics (i.e. well-being, resiliency, inquiry based learning, diversity, etc.)
  • Teach classes in their area of expertise.
  • Build coalitions to enhance and develop state-wide partnerships on best practices of rural early childhood education.
  • Solicit new educational learning opportunities for Early Childhood Education students throughout South Dakota and the region.
  • Seek extramural funding.
  • Responsible for teaching, research, service, and related administrative activities.
  • Responsible for academic advising and related activities.
  • May represent the university, college/school, or department/unit on university and/or Statewide committees.


  • Must be authorized to work in the United States; sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • Doctoral degree in Early Childhood Education or closely related field from an accredited institution by start date.
  • Demonstrated record of achievement in teaching, academic research, and service.
  • Must meet college and university criteria for appointment to the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor.
  • A proven record of extramural research funding.
  • Effective written communication skills.
  • Evidence of effective interpersonal and verbal communication skills. 


  • Advocacy at state, regional and/or national level to advance Early Childhood Education. 


Commensurate with qualifications. 


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions. 


Ranked as the No. 2 best place to work in South Dakota by Forbes, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

At the undergraduate level, Teacher Education at SDSU is home to the only Agricultural Education, Early Childhood Education, and Family & Consumer Sciences Education programs in the state. Additionally, we work closely with 18 program areas across campus to certify secondary teacher education candidates. This unique arrangement allows our secondary graduates to complete full degrees in their content area as well as teacher certification. We also have graduate programs in Agricultural Education, Curriculum & Instruction, and Educational Administration.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees. It considers Brookings 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. 

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival. 


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by March 22, 2021. 


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 job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This 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, successful completion of a criminal background check.   

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.   

It is the policy of the University 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 Search Chair, Ann-Michelle Daniels at or Director, Jay Trenhaile at

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.