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Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies

South Dakota State University
South Dakota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Sep 28, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Media Studies, Other Communications
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The School of Communication and Journalism (COJO) at South Dakota State University (SDSU) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with the start date beginning in August 2022. This is a nine-month, full-time, benefit-eligible position. We seek a dynamic teacher-scholar who will enhance our culture of excellence through collegiality, innovation, and collaboration. We are open to candidates using any methodology (critical/cultural, qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, etc.) and focusing on organizational communication or related areas of communication scholarship (i.e., business/professional communication and training and development) that can strengthen the School’s research and teaching profiles. The position is supervised by the Director of the School of Communication and Journalism. 

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.


  • Teach graduate and undergraduate courses in communication studies, such as organizational communication, business and professional communication, interviewing, and other courses related to the candidate’s specialization (3-3 teaching load).
  • Mentor and advise graduate and undergraduate students completing independent research projects (e.g., theses or projects).
  • Maintain an active program of research and scholarship.
  • Provide discipline-related service to the school, college, and university as well as locally, regionally, and nationally, given the land grant mission of SDSU.


  • PhD. in Communication or closely related degree by start date.
  • Experience teaching at a college or university.
  • Evidence of a promising program of research and scholarship.
  • Research and/or teaching focus on organizational communication or related areas such as training and development or business and professional communication.
  • Effective written communication skills.
  • Effective verbal and interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity in teaching, research, and/or service.


  • Ability to excel in teaching at a college or university. 
  • Ability or experience with student advising or mentorship. 
  • Potential for and interest in grant-funded research.
  • Ability to contribute to other programs in our school, such as advertising, public relations, journalism, and agricultural communications.


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.


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.

Formed in July 2018 through combining previously independent academic units, COJO offers undergraduate majors in Advertising, Communication Studies, Journalism, and Public Relations, and minors in Advertising, Communication Studies, Health Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing, and Digital and Social Media. In addition, the School of COJO offers two master’s programs: the on-campus M.A. in Communication & Media Studies and the completely online, ACEJMC-accredited Master of Mass Communication (M.M.C.).

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 November 1, 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 or resume, 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 Dr. Karla Hunter 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 status that may become protected 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.

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