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Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) of Special Education

South Dakota State University
Brookings, South Dakota
Commensurate with qualifications.
Date posted
Jan 17, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Special Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

Make an impact in undergraduate special education by joining the dynamic and growing team in the School of Education, Counseling & Human Development at South Dakota State University (SDSU) as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Special Education. We are looking for a passionate and dedicated professional to join us with experience in special education (school or district level) to create, develop, and teach undergraduate K-12 curriculum and methods courses with a primary focus on special education instruction across all grade levels.

To contribute to the SDSU strategic plan, “Pathway to Premier 2023”, the selected candidate must maintain an active research agenda, publication record, and pursue external funding in special education. They are expected to collaborate in further development of undergraduate and graduate programs in teacher education, and focus on neurodiversity, effective teaching, behavioral management, and assessment strategies to meet students’ individual needs. The Teacher Education program is CAEP accredited and offers undergraduate programming in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, and Agricultural Education.

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. The expected start is August of 2024.


  • Create an active and defined research agenda with plans for dissemination and potential for publication as well as actively seek external funding opportunities to support teaching and scholarship.
  • Teach high quality courses that infuse assistive technologies and innovative approaches for persons with exceptionalities in various formats (face-to-face, hybrid, and online), as well as develop curriculum, and mentor student teachers.
  • Collaborate with Faculty, Staff and students from heterogeneous backgrounds in an effort to create an environment in which any individual or group feels welcomed, respected, supported, valued and able to fully participate as their authentic selves and communicate across differences.
  • Provide service to and with the program, school, college, and university committees and to the community with collaborations that include organizing families and parents, specialists, administrators, teachers, and other stakeholders to maximize the academic, emotional, and personal growth and safety of students.
  • Assist with the accreditation process for the education programs. 
  • Assist with recruitment efforts.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications.


We offer a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access. The university is part of a dynamic community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees, which offers an abundance of attractions and activities. South Dakota State University offers a wide range of excellent 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.


  • Earned doctoral degree (PhD or Ed.D) in Special Education or a related field completed by first day of employment.
  • Minimum of three years special education teaching experience in kindergarten-12th grade.
  • Experience in, or knowledge of current, research-based methods for teaching neurodiversity, special education law, behavioral management, and assessment strategies to meet students’ individual needs.
  • Potential to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in special education.
  • Potential for developing a productive research agenda in the areas of special education.
  • Effective interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

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 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.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of South Dakota State 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.

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.

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.

 Learn more about Brookings by visiting

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by February 15, 2024.

APPLICATION PROCESS: 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, Research Statement (3 page maximum, attached as work sample), Teaching Statement (3 page maximum, attached as other) and reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 or 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 Dr. Laura Hasselquist at 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 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.


South Dakota State University

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 2023 enrollment of 11,505, with students coming from 48 states and 74 countries. Students can choose from 88 majors, 38 specializations, 104 minors, 39 master’s degree programs, 16 Ph.D. programs and two professional doctorates. The university also offers courses at various off-campus sites as well as undergraduate and graduate programs online through the Office of Continuing and Distance Education.

Named the 33rd safest college town by SafeWise (2022), Brookings (pop. 23,993) is just 55 miles north of Sioux Falls on Interstate 29, 200 miles from Minneapolis and 400 miles east of Rapid City and the Black Hills. Students from communities in Nebraska, North Dakota and Iowa also find SDSU within an easy day’s drive.

The Division of Research and Economic Development works closely with university researchers, business leaders and other sponsors to promote faculty expertise aimed at solving real-world problems in society and industry. The university is a leader in bioprocessing, agriculture and precision agriculture, remote sensing and life sciences.

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