The School of Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies invites
applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Psychology
position with a start date in August 2022. This is a
full-time, benefit-eligible, nine-month position. We are
seeking applicants with a specialization in behavior analysis,
clinical psychology, or forensic psychology. Principle
responsibilities are teaching, research, mentorship of
undergraduate students, and service. This faculty member is
supervised by the Director of the School of Psychology, Sociology
and Rural Studies.
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 undergraduate courses in psychology (three courses in the
fall term and three courses in the spring term; summer teaching is
optional and is based on availability).
- Mentor undergraduate students in research.
- Maintain an active research program.
- Provide service to the School, College, and University as well
as service to the profession.
- Completion of Ph.D. in Psychology (or a closely related area at
the doctoral level) by start date, with an emphasis in behavioral
analysis, clinical psychology, or forensic psychology.
- Evidence of a promising research program.
- Effective written communication skills.
- Effective verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
- Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not
available for this position.
- Experience teaching at the university level.
- Experience mentoring undergraduate research.
- Potential for or experience in attaining grant-funded
- Ability to teach in a variety of subject areas such as abnormal
psychology, behavior modification, learning and conditioning,
physiological psychology, forensic psychology, and psychological
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
The School of Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies,
established as of July 1, 2021, is committed to providing a
supportive and dynamic teaching and research environment that
equips and inspires faculty and students to learn, create, and
apply knowledge in psychology, sociology, and rural studies. Our
academic programs include undergraduate majors in criminology,
psychology, sociology, and a Masters in Sociology with
specialization in community development. Our minors provide study
in criminal justice, mental health services, psychology, social and
human services, sociology, and youth and community work. Teaching
specializations are available in both psychology and sociology.
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 February 15, 2022.
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, teaching statement no more
than three pages (attached as other), research statement no more
than three pages (attached as work or writing sample), 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. Alper Kayaalp, Search
Committee Chair, at email@example.com or 605-688-6795.
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 protected class 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.