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Wendell and Marlys Thompson Director of the School of Education, Counseling and Human Development

South Dakota State University
South Dakota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jan 28, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Counsellor Education, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Human Development & Family Sciences
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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South Dakota State University (SDSU) is seeking an engaged, innovative, and visionary individual to serve in a newly endowed position as the Wendell and Marlys Thompson Director for the School of Education, Counseling, and Human Development. This is a 12-month, full-time, benefit-eligible position with the rank of Associate Professor or above. The School of Education, Counseling and Human Development (ECHD) comprises undergraduate programs in Early Childhood Education, Human Development and Family Studies, Secondary Education, Agricultural Education, and Exploratory Studies; and graduate programs in Counseling and Human Development, Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Administration. The education programs are accredited by CAEP and the counseling programs by CACREP. The School of Education, Counseling, and Human Development is housed within the College of Education and Human Sciences. The School Director shall also provide oversight for the Fishback Early Childhood Education Center (Lab School) and the Children and Family Resource Center. The Director provides administrative oversight for all the broad units and entities within the ECHD, and shall direct endowed financial resources to expand SDSU’s capacity to move mental health initiatives forward in South Dakota. These initiatives may include but are not limited to the use of new technologies to deliver more online education for aspiring counselors, counseling services to individuals in remote areas, and keeping current mental wellness a statewide focus through ongoing workshops, support forums, and innovative education. 

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 Wendell and Marlys Thompson Director for the School of Education, Counseling, and Human Development at SDSU will be an experienced and enthusiastic leader who will have the following responsibilities:

  • Provide visionary leadership to the School of ECHD.
  • Program advocacy, with an intentional focus on expanding the reach of mental health service and training in South Dakota.
  • Oversee budget, facilities, personnel, and curriculum.
  • Guide complex decision making in a university setting.
  • Maintain ongoing collaborative and positive relationships with local, regional, and state P-12 schools, mental health facilities, and stakeholders related to academic programs within the School.
  • Support and maintain accreditations (e.g., CACREP, CAEP, NAEC); 
  • Participate in building and sustaining community relationships that benefit counseling, teacher education, early childhood education, exploratory studies, human development and family studies, and programs within the School of ECHD.
  • Advance excellence in research and engage in collaborative initiatives to improve teaching, counseling and administrative practices.
  • May teach college-level courses and/or supervise candidates based on enrollment needs.
  • Actively engage in professional organizations at the local, state, and national level.
  • Recruit, retain and advise students.


  • Terminal Degree (Ed.D. or Ph.D.) in one of the fields represented within the School of Education, Counseling and Human Development, or a closely related field by date of application.
  • Nationally recognized scholarship and/or professional activities. 
  • Record of at least 3-years of higher education administrative experience in budget, curriculum development, and supervising/mentoring.
  • Demonstrated commitment to student success.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Accreditation experience.
  • Sponsorship is not available for this position, must be authorized to work in the U.S.


  • Successful track record in accreditation and assessment involving accreditors such as CAEP/CACREP/NAEYC.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with community schools and mental health partners.
  • Evidence of successfully advancing academic programs through university and institutional processes.
  • Successful college teaching experience, particularly with teacher and/or counselor candidates.


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 March 11, 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, 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 Kendra Kattelmann at (605) 688-4045 or Kendra.Kattelmann@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 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.
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