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South Dakota State University
School of Health and Consumer Sciences
South Dakota
Posted: 01/10/2022
Assistant Professor of Athletic Training and Exercise Science

The School of Health and Consumer Sciences (HCS) is inviting applications for an Assistant Professor in the area of Athletic Training and Exercise Science. This is a 9-month, full-time, benefit eligible tenure-track position. Priority will be given to candidates with an interest in applied biomechanics and/or the use of exercise as an intervention to improve functional movement, as well as contemporary expertise in musculoskeletal injury examination and treatment. role of this faculty member will be to teach courses in the CAATE-accredited Athletic Training program and undergraduate and graduate courses in the Exercise Science program; potential courses include undergraduate and graduate courses in biomechanics and graduate courses in Athletic Training. Additionally, the faculty member will establish an independent, externally funded research program, mentor student research, and participate in service responsibilities at the university and national levels. Applications are encouraged from individuals whose research focus will complement the research of existing faculty. This position is supervised by the Director of the School of Health and Consumer Sciences. Position start date is no later than August 22, 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.


- Teach undergraduate biomechanics and graduate courses in Athletic Training.

- Establish an independent, externally funded research program.

- Mentor graduate and undergraduate students.

- Provide professional service and leadership.


- Sponsorship is not available for this position, must be authorized to work in the U.S.

- Doctoral degree in Exercise Science, Biomechanics, Athletic Training or closely related field completed by the date of appointment.

- Athletic Training Certification and ability to become licensed in the state of South Dakota.

- Record of research publications and grantsmanship proportionate with experience.

- Ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses included but not limited to Biomechanics or Applied Biomechanics courses in the Exercise Science program and graduate courses in Athletic Training.

- Effective organizational skills.

- Effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.


- Demonstrated experience in applied biomechanics and/or the use of exercise as an intervention to improve functional movement.

- Teaching experience in higher education.

- Demonstrated contribution to biomechanics, functional movement , athletic training or other closely related exercise science research.

- Record of involvement in internally and/or externally funded grants.

- Research interest aligned with federal (NIH or NIFA, FFAR, etc.) health research priorities.

- Record of professional service.


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 Health and Consumer Science consists of undergraduate and graduate programs in Athletic Training, Community and Public Health, Exercise Science, Physical Education Teacher Education, Sports and Recreation Management, Nutrition and Dietetics, Aviation Education, Consumer Affairs, Fashion Studies and Apparel Merchandising, and Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations. The department serves approximately 650 undergraduate majors, 100 graduate majors and 35 faculty/staff.

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 preference given to applications received by March 1, 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 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 Search Chair, Lee Weidauer at 605-688-4630 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.