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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Nationally recognized scholarship and/or professional
- Record of at least 3-years of higher education administrative
experience in budget, curriculum development, and
- 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.
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 March 11, 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, 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 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 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.