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Associate Dean for Research and Associate or Full Professor

South Dakota State University
South Dakota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 30, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Other Science & Technology, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
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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 leadership.

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 apply.


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, and Physics.
  • 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 agencies.
  • An established research program with extramural funding.
  • Strong team leadership and mentoring skills in the area of research development.
  • Experience evaluating research proposals.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Sponsorship is not available for this position, must be authorized to work in the U.S.


  • Demonstrated success in leading multi-disciplinary collaboration.
  • Familiarity with federal grant finance and compliance.
  • Familiarity with communicating with NIH and NSF program officers.
  • 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 administrative roadblocks.


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.

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 January 31, 2022.


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, 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 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. Robert Watrel at 605-688-6288 or

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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