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Lucas P. Wintrode Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Autism Studies

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

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Special Education, Teacher Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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South Dakota State University (SDSU) is seeking a visionary and engaged faculty member whose expertise and leadership will elevate scholarly research and advance teaching efforts focused on autism and autism spectrum disorders within the College of Education and Human Sciences. This is a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track, benefit-eligible position with possible appointment as an assistant professor, associate professor, or professor depending upon experience. Initial appointment shall be as faculty within the Rehabilitation Counseling concentration, which is dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of service to people with disabilities. This position is supervised by the Director of the School of Education Counseling, and Human Development with an anticipated start date of August 2022.

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 Lucas P. Wintrode Professor of Autism Studies at SDSU will be an experienced and enthusiastic faculty leader who will:

  • Demonstrate leadership in scholarly activity and/or applied research.
    provide exceptional education through classroom instruction.
  • Guide and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in their work to support individuals with Autism.
  • Develop an annual plan outlining goals and propose a budget for use of endowed funds supporting the professorship and related activities. The plan shall be approved by the Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences.
  • Maintain a high-level of scholarly activity and/or research productivity through grant funding, peer-reviewed publications, and presentations at national and/or international forums in alignment with the appropriate academic discipline.
  • Teach college-level courses and/or supervise candidates based on program 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 Counseling, Education, Human Development, or a closely related field by date of application.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences;
  • Nationally recognized scholarship and/or professional activities in Autism studies.
  • Demonstrated capacity to develop strong collaborative partnerships among institutions of higher education, local education agencies,  government agencies, industry, and nonprofit organizations where collaboration will enhance the strengths of the College and stakeholders.
  • Three years of successful teaching experience at the university level.
  • Demonstrated commitment to student success.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;


  • Successful record of developing and delivering academic programs in a university setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with community schools, mental health partners, and a broad array of campus partners in support of student success.
  • Evidence of successfully advancing academic programs through university and institutional processes.
  • Successful college teaching experience, particularly with teacher education, human development, and/or counselor education students.


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.

The School of Education, Counseling, and Human Development creates a unique niche across programs in education and human science fields that emphasizes developmental sciences and the science of learning. By more fully integrating human development and education, we will be able to better ground teacher education in the context of developmental and cultural relevance, and we will further strengthen our offerings in human development by grounding them in the science of learning. Both areas underscore the importance of how learning across the lifespan develops in diverse learners. Diverse here references not only differences in cognitive and learning styles, but differences in culture, socioeconomic status, and lifestyle. 

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 18, 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 Kristine Ramsay Seaner at (605) 688-6180 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 SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination 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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