The Department of Sociology & Rural Studies at South Dakota
State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant
Professor position to begin August 2021. This is a 9-month,
full-time, benefit-eligible position. The position is supervised by
the Director of the newly formed School of Psychology, Sociology
and Rural Studies. We seek a colleague whose duties will include
teaching criminology-related courses; maintaining an active,
independent research agenda that includes peer-reviewed
publications and grant activity; and service to the department.
The Department of Sociology and Rural Studies is committed to
increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who
have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff and
students and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are
encouraged to identify their experience in these areas.
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, veterans,
people with disabilities and minorities are encouraged to
Teach courses in a proposed undergraduate criminology program. The
successful applicant will teach courses in criminology,
victimology, and social justice. The maximum teaching load is three
courses per semester.
Service activity within the department and University.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS :
Must be authorized to work in the United States; sponsorship is not
available for this position.
Candidate must have earned a PhD in Criminology or Sociology by the
date of appointment.
Demonstrated teaching skills in the areas of criminology,
victimology, and social justice.
Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS :
Demonstrated record of, or strong potential for, conducting
research and ability to facilitate research projects.
Potential for and interest in grant development and submission.
Demonstrated record of teaching criminology courses.
Ability to contribute to both the criminology and sociology
programs in the department.
Research and/or teaching experience related to diversity,
inclusion, and/or equity.
Demonstrated record of applied research or public outreach.
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.
This system will guide you through the electronic application
form. This employment site will require attachment of the following
1) A Cover Letter which should specifically address how the
candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the
2) Curriculum Vitae;
3) Statement of Research and Scholarship, Teaching Statement and
Diversity Statement explaining inclusivity in your work (combined
and attached as other);
4) A reference page with the contact information for three
professional or academic references who can speak thoroughly to the
candidates qualities relative to the qualifications of this
advertisement. Include appropriate reference contact information
(name, position, phone number, mailing and email address).
Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU
Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with
Any offer of employment is contingent on the universitys
verification of credentials and other information required by law
and/or university policies, including but not limited to a
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
Universitys Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.
Posting Date 12/22/2020
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 02/01/2021
Advertised Salary Commensurate with qualifications.
Duration of the Term 9 months
Appointment Percent 100
typical for a tenure-track position
Typical Hours Worked Per Week
Appointment Type Regular
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
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Department Description and Cultural Expectations
Ranked as the No. 2 best place to work in South Dakota by
Forbes, South Dakota State University is the states 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 universitys core values of
being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity,
embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to
diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.
The Department of Sociology & Rural Studies consists of six
full-time faculty members. The academic program includes an
undergraduate major in Sociology, a pending major in Criminology,
and minors in Sociology and Criminal Justice and a specialization
in Teaching. The department is housed in the School of Psychology,
Sociology and Rural Studies on the Brookings campus.
As the states 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
universitys total research expenditures are greater than $60
million. SDSU is the states 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 states 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 Childrens 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
Affirmative Action Statement
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, veterans 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)
We are committed to diversity of community and ideas. We believe
in a supportive, diverse, collaborative, and cohesive environment
with a focus on access. We actively seek collaboration with
individuals with differing perspectives, backgrounds, and areas of
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Documents Needed to Apply
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- Curriculum Vitae
- Reference List
- Optional Documents
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Employer. The Board of Regents will take Affirmative Action to
ensure that all employment practices are free of discrimination. In
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