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South Dakota State University
School of Education, Counseling, and Human Development (ECHD)
South Dakota
Posted: 01/5/2022
Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education

The School of Education, Counseling, and Human Development (ECHD) at South Dakota State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education. This is a full-time, benefit-eligible, 9-month, tenure-track position (80% instruction, 20% research). The teacher education program is CAEP accredited and offers undergraduate programming in Early Childhood Education, Secondary Education, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, and Agricultural Education. Graduate programs include Agricultural Education, Curriculum & Instruction, and Educational Administration. The start date is August 2022. This position is supervised by the Director of the School of Education, Counseling and Human Development.

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 successful candidate will teach courses within Agricultural Education. Additional duties include advising undergrad and graduate students, supervising student organizations, mentoring student teachers, conducting research, serving on program, school, college, and university committees, building relationships with stakeholders, undertaking service activities to support the land grant mission, and other scholarly activities.


· Completed Ph.D. or equivalent in Agricultural Education (or closely related discipline) by position start date.

· Minimum of three years agriculture teaching experience at the secondary level.

· Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively with others.

· Experience working with diverse audiences.

· Excellent written communication skills.

· Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

· Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.


· Strong understanding of teacher preparation.

· Strong potential for scholarly research, publication and attracting external funding in areas related to Agricultural Education or similar disciplines.

· Ability to work collaboratively with faculty from other degree programs in ECHD and a willingness to contribute to South Dakota State University’s land-grant mission.

· Successful candidates have the potential to teach classes related to Agricultural Systems Technology for teachers, leadership, and general secondary teacher education courses.

· Ability to work independently and in a team setting, and mentor students.

· Ability to build relationships with internal and external stakeholders.


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 first consideration given to applications received by February 15, 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 posting.” 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 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, 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, please contact Dr. Patrick Hales at (605) 688-4369 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.