The College of Natural Sciences at South Dakota State University
seeks applications for the Associate Dean of Research and Associate
or Full Professor. This is a 12-month, full-time, benefit eligible,
tenured position that is part administrative and part research
faculty. The Associate Dean for Research will report to the Dean of
the College of Natural Sciences and meet regularly with College
The Associate Dean for Research will coordinate the College’s
research development activities with the University by
participating in the University Research Council and collaborating
with the Vice President for Research and Economic
Development. Specific activities include working with the
Dean’s office to create research financial predictions, assessment
of research outputs and impacts as well as development of
strategies for expanding research within the College. As a Faculty
member, a successful applicant will also have the ability to
establish an independent, nationally recognized research program
which attracts extramural research funding, mentor and support
undergraduate and graduate research projects and contribute to the
overall mission of the Department, College and University.
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
The position will be responsible for revising and implementing
the College’s strategic plan for research. In addition to
leading a successful research program housed in one of the
College’s departments, the Associate Dean for Research will work
closely with faculty and department heads to provide leadership and
mentoring aimed at expanding research output and sponsorship.
Recently, the College of Natural Sciences has expanded its
NIH funded research portfolio in the area of cellular and molecular
mechanisms of inflammation.
- PhD in discipline related to programs in any of the College of
Natural Sciences four departments: Biology & Microbiology,
Chemistry & Biochemistry, Geography & Geospatial Sciences,
- Evidence of scholarly, professional or creative achievement
sufficient to qualify for tenure in any of the College of Natural
Sciences four departments.
- Experience in securing extramural funding from federal funding
- An established research program with extramural funding.
- Strong team leadership and mentoring skills in the area of
- Experience evaluating research proposals.
- Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication
- Sponsorship is not available for this position, must be
authorized to work in the U.S.
- Demonstrated success in leading multi-disciplinary
- Familiarity with federal grant finance and compliance.
- Familiarity with communicating with NIH and NSF program
- The ability to formulate long-term strategic plans and build
consensus around the development and implementation of research
centers and core facilities.
- The ability to innovate, problem solve and efficiently remove
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.
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 January 31, 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, Research Statement attached as
other (no longer than three pages), 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
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. Robert Watrel at
605-688-6288 or Robert.Watrel@sdstate.edu.
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)