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
- 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
- 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
- Experience teaching at a college or university.
- Evidence of a promising program of research and
- Research and/or teaching focus on organizational communication
or related areas such as training and development or business and
- 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
- Ability or experience with student advising or
- 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
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.
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. 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.
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: 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 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
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 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
HR@sdstate.edu. 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)