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South Dakota State University
School of American and Global Studies
South Dakota
Posted: 11/9/2022
Assistant Professor of American Indian and Indigenous Studies

The School of American and Global Studies at South Dakota State University (SDSU) invites applications for an Assistant Professor specializing in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. This is a full-time, benefit-eligible, nine-month, tenure-track position, which is available for appointment January 2023. This is an 80% teaching appointment, with the remaining 20% dedicated to scholarly activity consistent with the successful applicant’s expertise. This position will provide leadership and contribute to the Wizipan Leadership and Sustainability Certificate program, which is a partnership with the Indian University of North America (IUNA) at Crazy Horse. The position will be housed at SDSU’s West River Research & Extension in Rapid City, SD.

This position is expected to provide leadership to the Wizipan program through strong communication with SDSU and IUNA administration and other program personnel. The successful candidate will contribute to the Wizipan program by 1) leading and contributing to student recruitment by coordinating and working directly with SDSU Admissions, SDSU American Indian Student Center and IUNA personnel; 2) instructing a variety of undergraduate American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIS) and Leadership courses (LDR) every year; and 3) leading and carrying out Wizipan programmatic assessments. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in scholarly and community engagement activities that align with SDSU’s Wokini Initiative, a signature program that supports Indigenous student success and builds meaningful partnerships with tribal communities, members, and stakeholders. Finally, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to on-line teaching needs in the American Indian & Indigneous Studies Program that align with an area of expertise and/or experience.


  • Provide strong leadership to the Wizipan Leadership & Sustainability Program.
  • Facilitate communication among Wizipan program partners.
  • Teach assigned Wizipan and American Indian & Indigenous Studies program courses.
  • Collaborate with other Wizipan program faculty and staff to ensure successful program delivery each fall.
  • Lead student recruitment, assist with student advising and mentoring, and direct course and program assessments.
  • Develop and sustain an active research plan.
  • Engage Wokini and American Indian Student Center (AISC) staff to promote programming and community engagement.
  • Engage Indigenous/tribal partners (communities, educators, organizations, etc.) in meaningful connections.
  • Participate in University, College, and Department service as appropriate, as well as professional service and outreach activities.


  • Ph.D. degree with expertise and experience in delivering coursework grounded in Indigenous knowledge and philosophies.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • Desire to work closely with and on behalf of tribal students, educators, and/or organizations.
  • Ability to teach AIS special topics, undergraduate research, and leadership courses.
  • Willingness to teach an introductory course on South Dakota American Indian Culture for education majors.
  • Commitment to a highly collegial and collaborative working environment
  • A valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain on within 30 days of hire, and a willingness to travel.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position.


  • Demonstrated experience in Indigenous scholarly activity.
  • Experience teaching using Indigenous-based knowledge.
  • Experience working with Indigenous/tribal students, educators, and/or organizations.


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 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 of thought, and excellence through continuous improvement.

With programs in American Indian Studies, Global Studies, History, Legal Studies, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Political Science and Religion, the School is the intellectual and cultural core of SDSU. The school’s mission is to prepare engaged, interculturally competent citizens and critical thinkers who can help solve the grand challenges of an ever-changing and interconnected world. SoAGS students study the cultural, historical, linguistic, philosophical, political and religious systems that sustain U.S. and global societies. In keeping with the university’s land-grant mission, our faculty and students routinely engage in innovative research, service and outreach that benefit South Dakota, the nation, and the world.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of South Dakota State 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.

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.

The position is located at the West River Research and Extension Center (WRRE) in Rapid City, SD. The WRRE is home to faculty members in Natural Resource Management, Animal Science, and Agronomy departments as well as SDSU Extension personnel. Two Agricultural Experiment Station sites are also located in West River – the Cottonwood Field Station near Philip, and the West River Research Farm near Sturgis – that are easily accessible for research, outreach, and teaching purposes. There are numerous bison producers across South Dakota to facilitate outreach efforts aligned with this position.

Rapid City is the state’s second largest city (with an urban population of 68,886 and metropolitan population of 126,382) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities including hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting to name a few.

Located in the foothills of the scenic Black Hills Mountain range, Rapid City is the State’s second largest city, with a population of approximately 68,000. The city has outstanding K-12 schools, major medical facilities, parks, and cultural, outdoor, and tourist amenities. Rapid City is located on the western border of South Dakota and is 400 miles west of the SDSU main campus in Brookings.

Distance technologies connect West River remote faculty with campus and other SDSU remote sites. The faculty member will be expected to participate in and lead collaborations with Department and College faculty and staff located both West River and on-campus.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by December 2, 2022.


South Dakota State University accepts applications through an online 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 South Dakota State University Human Resources at 605-688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. 

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It is university policy 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 Dr. Lisa Hager at 605.688.5101 or

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and 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. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007, 605-688-4128.