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South Dakota State University
Geography & Geospatial Sciences
South Dakota
Posted: 07/16/2019
Assistant Professor of Geography

The Department of Geography & Geospatial Sciences at South Dakota State University seeks applications for a tenure-track faculty position with a specialization in Physical Geography at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in August, 2020. This is a 9-month, full-time, benefit eligible position, and is supervised by the Department Head for Geograpy and Geospatial Sciences. The Department of Geography & Geospatial Sciences offers B.S. degrees in Geography and GISc, M.S. degrees in Geography and Geography - GISc Specialization, a PhD. in Geospatial Science and Engineering, and has a strength in remote sensing. The Department also houses the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence.

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.


  • PhD in Geography by first day of employment;
  • Ability to teach Introductory Physical Geography and in the candidate’s area of specialization;
  • Ability to teach a course in Quantitative Research Methods;
  • Ability to develop a strategic research plan;
  • Ability to engage in Physical Geography at the national level;
  • Ability to publish the results of original research in peer-reviewed journals, and develop an independent, externally-funded research program;
  • Effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.


· Interest in areas that complement the department’s strengths, including Biogeography, Geomorphology, Hazards, Soils, Fire Ecology, Landscape Ecology, Environmental Consequences of and Adaptations to Global Changes, or Ecosystems Services.

· Interest in strengthening the department’s relationship with the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) through collaborative work.

· Desire to develop a Physical Geography Field course or Field Techniques course;

· Emphasis on remote sensing or other complimentary geospatial technique in research and teaching.


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 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. SDSU was recognized as the second best employer in South Dakota in 2019 by Forbes.

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 23,000, 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

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by October 1, 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 the Search Chair, Dr. George White at 605-688-4831 or