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South Dakota State University
School of American & Global Studies
South Dakota
Posted: 08/31/2022
Assistant Professor of American Indian/Indigenous Policy

The School of American & Global Studies at South Dakota State University seeks applications for a tenure-track faculty position in American Indian & Indigenous Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in August 2023. We seek an engaged interdisciplinary candidate working in public policy or public administration with a demonstrated record of deep commitments to Native American communities. The area of specialization is open; diverse interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological approaches rooted in Native American & Indigenous Studies are encouraged. The candidate will be expected to contribute to the curriculum of both the American Indian & Indigenous Studies and Political Science programs, both of which are housed in the School. We welcome candidates who will offer an array of Native American & Indigenous Studies and Political Science courses that draw on their expertise.

This is a 9-month, full-time, benefit eligible position, and is supervised by the Director of the School of American and Global Studies. The School of American & Global Studies is a vibrant, interdisciplinary unit, offering B.S./B.A. degrees in American Indian & Indigenous Studies, Global Studies, History, Modern Languages (French, German, Lakota, Spanish), and Political Science as well as standalone minors in Legal Studies, Philosophy, and Religion. In alignment with the university’s land-grant mission, the School houses three public-facing research and outreach centers: The SDSU Ethics Lab, The SDSU PHI | Public Humanities Institute, and the SDSU Poll.

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 mission of access.


  • PhD in Political Science, Public Policy, Public Administration, J.D., or related field (such as Criminal Justice) by first day of employment.
  • Ability to teach introduction to American Indian & Indigenous Studies course.
  • Ability to teach state and local government, public policy (open specialization), public administration.
  • Ability to develop and teach undergraduate elective courses in the candidate’s area of specialization.
  • Ability to develop and sustain an active research agenda.
  • Ability to contribute to program and school initiatives through general service.
  • Effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.


  • Ability to teach online.
  • Ability to teach courses that contribute to the legal studies minor (e.g. – Federal Indian Policy, Tribal Courts, Tribal Government, Tribal Sovereignty).
  • Interest in collaborative work with the department’s faculty and associated affiliates.


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 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.

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 October 28, 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.