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South Dakota State University
School of Communication and Journalism
South Dakota
Posted: 08/1/2019
Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies

The School of Communication and Journalism (COJO) at South Dakota State University (SDSU) invites applications for a full-time, benefits-eligible, 9-month, tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor. The anticipated start date is fall semester of 2020. This position reports to the Director of the School of Communication and Journalism.

Formed in July 2018 through combining previously independent academic units, the School offers undergraduate majors in advertising, communication studies, journalism, and public relations, and minors in advertising, communication studies, health communication, journalism, and social media. In addition, the School offers two master’s programs: the on-campus M.A. in communication & media studies and the completely online, AEJMC-accredited masters in mass communication (M.M.C.).

After a highly successful inaugural year, the School seeks a dynamic teacher-scholar who will enhance our culture of excellence through collegiality, innovation, and collaboration. We are open to candidates using any methodology (critical/cultural, qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, etc.) and focusing in any area (critical media studies, media ecology, social media, political economy, media effects, etc.) that will augment and strengthen our School’s research and teaching profiles.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates who 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 on-campus and online graduate and undergraduate courses in area(s) of expertise (3-3 teaching load) across majors and graduate programs.

§ Mentor and advise graduate and undergraduate students completing independent research projects (e.g., theses).

§ Maintain an active program of research.

§ Provide discipline-related service to the School, College, and University as well as locally, regionally, and nationally, given the land grant mission of SDSU.


§ Doctorate in communication, communication studies, mass communication, media studies, or closely related field. Candidates must have earned their doctorate by the start date of the appointment.

§ Experience teaching at a college or university.

§ Evidence of a promising program of research.

§ Effective written communication skills.

§ Effective oral and interpersonal skills. 


§ Discipline-related professional experience.

§ Demonstrated success teaching at a college or university.

§ Demonstrated success developing and teaching online courses.

§ Experience teaching and/or advising master’s students.

§ Experience working with grant-funded research.


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.


Come work for the #2 best employer in SD, according to Forbes 2019. South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive higher education institution. As South Dakota’s Morrill Act land-grant university, SDSU had a fall 2018 enrollment of 12,107 students. There are ongoing efforts to bring a greater global perspective to the campus to increase diversity. The work of the university is carried out on a resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state.

From its roots as a land grant university established in Brookings, South Dakota in 1881, SDSU today is a vibrant, complex Carnegie Research University – High Intensity institution. It competes in Division I Athletics, is a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference and participates in the Summit League for most other sports.

With exceptional alumni, community, and Foundation support for student scholarships as well as all aspects of campus life, SDSU is the center of life in Brookings. Brookings, a community of approximately 24,000, is located in eastern South Dakota along Interstate 29, just one hour north of the state’s largest city – Sioux Falls. Brookings is a safe, family-friendly, vibrant, thriving community with many amenities you would find in a much larger city but with a small-town feel. Residents enjoy the tree-lined streets, leisurely pace of living, a short commute time and a variety of career opportunities in a growing job market. Division I South Dakota State University creates a youthful and energetic atmosphere and provides residents with a multitude of athletic, cultural, educational and recreational activities.

The top-ranked Brookings School District offers small classroom sizes and highly qualified, experienced teachers. The city boasts an abundance of attractions and activities such as the Children’s Museum of S.D., Dakota Nature Park, S.D. Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, S.D. Ag Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center of S.D., Downtown at Sundown, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival. Brookings is consistently ranked as a top place to live. Recent accolades include: #1 Best Place to Live in S.D., #25 Best City for Entrepreneurs, #2 Best School District in S.D., Top 10 Best Small Towns in America, Safest College Town in America, and the Top 25 Safest Cities in America. Learn more about Brookings by visiting


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by September 3, 2019.


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.” The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The 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 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.

For questions on the position, contact Dr. Jennifer Anderson, search chair, at