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Associate Dean for Research

South Dakota State University
Brookings, South Dakota
Commensurate with qualifications.
Posted Date
Sep 25, 2023

South Dakota State University’s (SDSU) vision is to dramatically increase its impact through research, scholarship, and creative activity (RSCA).  Goals for RSCA in the University’s newly approved strategic plan, Pathway to Premier 2030, are accordingly high. Specifically, SDSU is pursuing a pathway to achieve designation as an R1 Research University by Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Increasingly visible RSCA in SDSU’s colleges will attract students wanting to learn from the best and sponsors wanting to invest where they can make a difference.  Achieving this kind of growth calls for focused and intentional leadership within and between colleges.

The College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions at South Dakota State University is seeking applicants for an Associate Dean for Research.  This position is responsible for the administration and management of all aspects of research within the College. This person is a member of the College’s Executive Team, reporting to the Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, and will receive an academic appointment within one of the College’s three Departments.  This is a 12-month, full-time, benefit-eligible, non-faculty exempt position and is located in Brookings, South Dakota.  

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.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S.  Sponsorship is not available for this position.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Associate Dean for Research is responsible for developing a coordinated strategy for focused research in the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions. This person will serve as a lead contact representing the College to external research agencies and labs, and as a liaison to the SDSU Office of Research and Economic Development and leadership counterparts across the university.

As Associate Dean for Research, expectations are based on these approximate percentages of responsibilities:

  • (70%) Leadership of research initiatives within the College.
  • (25%) Instruction to support the academic programs of the College.
  • (5%) Service contributions to the College, University, and professional discipline.


Lead contributor and spokesperson for development and evolution of the college’s bold and creative vision for RSCA and economic development.  Lead and support the college’s leadership team to implement the college’s RSCA and economic development vision and plan for growth, including collaborating to define measurements, to align positions, to recruit, hire, review, and retain heads, directors, and faculty, and to deploy the college’s RSCA resources for optimal effectiveness. Build strong relationships with sponsors and partners, and with potential sponsors and partners, for RSCA and lead college leadership, faculty, and staff in participating in those relationships. Lead development of multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary teams involving faculty of the college.  Engage fully as a member of the university-wide RSCA leadership team (comprising the Division of Research and Economic Development and the University Research Council) to creatively craft trans-collegial strategies and effective university RSCA policies and practices. Continuously learn and understand the research and practice landscape of the departmental disciplinary areas. Promote the scholarship of teaching and learning. Systematizing post-award management across departments.


Terminal degree in discipline, including PhD or PharmD., by date of application. At least five years of experience as a faculty member in basic sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacy, or other health science discipline. A record of academic and scholarly achievements commensurate with the academic rank of associate or full professor per department standards and BOR policy requirements. Strong record of leading high-level funded university research. Experience working with faculty and staff to secure the funding needed to support and expand a research program. Recognized nationally or internationally in their field. Documented experience of effective leadership. Demonstrated ability to build and lead high performing and creative teams. Effective written communication skills. Valid driver’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire and willingness to travel. Effective verbal communication and interpersonal skills.


Ability to assess outcomes of initiatives.   Experience developing and implementing a strategic plan around RSCA. The ability to collaborate effectively with internal and external stakeholders.  Ability to mentor faculty and staff members.


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. We offer a generous retirement plan that includes 6% matching, 10 hours of annual leave each month, 9.34 hours of sick leave each month, and eleven paid holidays.  Relocation benefits are available per university’s guidelines.  


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.

With approximately 50 faculty, the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions serves students enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy program, M.S. and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program, A.S. and B.S. in Respiratory Care program, and the B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program. The College also provides administrative support and leadership for the University’s newly accredited Master of Public Health (MPH) program. The College has a strong reputation for quality educational programs in the region and around the country.

The College is housed in the state-of-the-art Avera Health and Science Center, providing 97,000 square-feet of teaching laboratory, classroom, and office space, as well as 48,000 square-feet of research laboratory space. The College also has strong academic and research collaborations with large health-care systems in the region.

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.

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 a NCAA Division I member, with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by October 31, 2023.


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 or resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references.  Email applications will not be accepted.  Please contact South Dakota State University Human Resources at 605-688-4128 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.  

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