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Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Dakota State University
Madison, South Dakota
$59,000 - $61,000
Date posted
Feb 14, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Faculty Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

The College of Arts and Sciences at Dakota State University is accepting applications for a 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Communication Studies beginning August 2024. The applicant selected will be assigned to teach communication courses. Courses may be taught on-campus in Madison, SD, and online as needed.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Teach equivalent to 12 credit hours per semester (4:4 load for Fall: Spring semesters).
  • Teach undergraduate courses that are part of the core curriculum of the general education program at Dakota State University, including Foundations of Communication, Public Speaking, and Interpersonal Communication. 
  • Champion Communication Studies curriculum on campus, collaborating with colleagues to advance the program and expand course offerings. 
  • Provide service to the program, university, and community, advising students, serving on university committees, assisting with recruitment activities, and engaging in ongoing program/course assessment. 
  • Develop and maintain professional scholarship with possible opportunities to mentor students.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Communication Studies or a related field.
  • Ability to teach undergraduate students.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience integrating technology into teaching.
  • Knowledge of media arts and communication.


  • Flexible benefits package: health, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, hospital indemnity insurance, flexible spending account, health savings account, health reimbursement account.
  • South Dakota Retirement System: Employees receive 6% fully matched contributions from SDRS and are vested after three years of service.
  • Paid sick leave
  • Reduced tuition for education.
  • Professional liability coverage
  • Paid family leave

About the DSU College of Arts & Sciences:

Technology is front and center in our arts and sciences programs at Dakota State University. Our state-of-the-art facilities include numerous computer and science labs, and instructional use of various learning technologies is expected in the classroom.

The College of Arts & Sciences impacts every student enrolled at DSU by providing the bulk of the general education courses. Additionally, the College of Arts & Sciences offers exciting majors such as Computer Game Design, Digital Arts & Design, Cyber Leadership and Intelligence, Biology, Math, and English.

The college provides students with the education to excel in any career. DSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Information about DSU: 

Dakota State University is a special focus STEM university with an emphasis in computing information technologies and cyber security across all areas of human endeavor. Over the years, DSU has established its reputation as a distinguished regional and national leader in computer science and cybersecurity education and research. We embrace opportunities to provide our students, faculty, and future collaborators with the most innovative technologies and facilities, to produce transformative research and development, and to create an outstanding base of faculty, students, and programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. levels. DSU holds three prestigious designations from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense, Research, and Cyber Operations.

How to Apply: 

To apply, visit The employment site will allow the attachment of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and contact information for at least three professional references.

For full consideration, please submit all materials by March 14, 2024. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

About Dakota State University:

In addition to the exciting professional opportunities at Dakota State University, employees will have the privilege of enjoying the benefits of residing in Madison, South Dakota. Nestled in the heart of the state, Madison offers a unique blend of small-town charm and modern amenities, creating an ideal environment for work-life balance.

The city boasts a range of recreational activities, from picturesque parks to outdoor events, fostering a sense of community engagement and well-being. Madison’s scenic landscapes and proximity to nearby lakes provide ample opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, whether it be fishing, hiking, or simply enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors.

Madison’s location within South Dakota provides easy access to larger cities, cultural events, and regional attractions. Madison is only a short 50 minute drive from South Dakota’s largest city, Sioux Falls. 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

DSU is committed to equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Applicants with disabilities are invited to identify any necessary accommodations required in the application process. E-Verify, EOE. 


Dakota State University

DSU is located in Madison, South Dakota in the southern lakes region of the state. The region boasts a wealth of outdoor sports and a life-style possible only in smaller towns and rural communities. Madison is just a 50-minute drive from Sioux Falls, the largest city in South Dakota.

Dakota State employees receive a comprehensive and flexible benefits package including paid time off, health and retirement benefits, and life and disability insurance options. Other benefits include reduced tuition, longevity pay and training opportunities. DSU also provides professional liability coverage.

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