The Department of Health and Consumer Sciences (HCS) in the
College of Education and Human Sciences is inviting applications
for a 9-month, full-time, benefit-eligible, tenure-track position
with rank of Assistant Professor in Nutrition and Health. This
position is supervised by the Department Head of Health and
Consumer Sciences and appointment date is no later than August
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.
This appointment will be 75% Extension and 25% Research. The
role of this position will be to develop and provide leadership to
nutrition education and emerging health extension programs with
emphasis on policy systems and environmental change efforts. This
includes programming efforts in obesity prevention and wellness,
healthy community food systems and the socio-ecological model of
health. The successful candidate will establish an independent,
externally-funded research program, mentor student research, and
participate in service responsibilities at the university and
national levels. Applications are encouraged from individuals whose
research focus will complement the research focus of the department
and community nutrition programming in Extension.
As a faculty member in the Department of Health and Nutritional
Sciences, this individual will work collaboratively with other
faculty to foster the mission of the department and college, which
is to develop the human potential for the purpose of enhancing
individuals, and working collaboratively with the Extension Field
Specialists in supporting the Food and Families Capstone.
- Support the development of outreach programs, training,
delivery and evaluation needs of Extension nutrition, health and
wellness programs in collaboration with Extension Field
- Work in partnership with other states, organizations and state
agencies in preparing and implementing multi-state or
multi-organization outreach programs and grant efforts.
- Have an active and defined research program focusing on
community nutrition with potential for funding and
- Mentor graduate students.
- Provide professional service and leadership.
- Sponsorship is not available for this position, must be
eligible to work in the United States.
- PhD or equivalent in Nutrition or related field completed by
date of appointment.
- RDNcredential required by date of appointment.
- Record of research publications and grantsmanship proportionate
- Effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal
- Ability and willingness to travel and obtain a valid SD
driver’s license by date of appointment.
- Successful experience working with land grant university
- Experience conducting research and extension in an
- Record of successful partnerships at community, state and/or
regional and national levels.
- Evidence of professional service.
- Emphasis in and understanding of education related to rural
nutrition health disparities.
- Evidence of effective curriculum development skills for
nutrition education programs across the life cycle.
- Evidence of effective teaching ability in delivering programs
at the community level.
- Ability to interpret food and nutrition research and
communicate to public and lay audiences.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively reach and work with diverse
- Demonstrated skills in using and adapting technology in support
of programmatic outreach.
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.
UNIVERSITY AND THE BROOKINGS COMMUNITY:
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.
The Department of Health and Nutritional Science consists of
undergraduate and graduate programs in Athletic Training, Community
and Public Health, Exercise Science, Physical Education Teacher
Education, Sports and Recreation Management, and Nutrition and
Dietetics. The department serves approximately 650
undergraduate majors, 100 graduate majors and 35 faculty/staff.
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. Livability.com rates Brookings as an ideal community
for families, students, young professionals and retirees. It
considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in
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.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Position is open
until filled with full consideration given to applications received
by October 1, 2021.
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 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 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
South Dakota State University is a tobacco free
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, Lacey
McCormack at 605-688-4046 or Lacey.McCormack@sdstate.edu.
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 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. 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.