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South Dakota State University
School of Design
South Dakota
Posted: 11/10/2022
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

The South Dakota State University (SDSU) School of Design invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, to begin no later than August 2023. The position is full-time, nine-month, tenure-track, benefit eligible appointment and reports to the Director of the School of Design. We particularly seek candidates with strong foundational knowledge of graphic design and expertise in at least one of the following areas: 1) typography and editorial design, 2) time-based media design, i.e.: animation, film, motion graphics, 3) spatial design in the built environment, 4) digital product design, i.e.: app and web development, 5) socially aware and responsible design practices, 6) design theory and history. The position is typically 60% teaching, 30% RSCA (research, scholarship and creative activity) and 10% service. 

The School of Design includes accredited degrees in the visual arts: graphic design, and studio arts and the built environment: architecture, interior design and landscape architecture. Collectively, School faculty form a collaborative teaching and research environment that values cross-program and interdisciplinary initiatives. The successful candidate will contribute to building national and international stature and recognition for the discipline, School and University.

SDSU offers a 4-year NASAD accredited Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design degree. The major in Graphic Design prepares students for entry-level design positions. Professional graphic designers plan and execute designs for visual communication according to the needs of audiences and clients in the context for which they are intended. See


  • Teach courses within the professional curriculum, including foundational courses and expertise in one of the disciplinary content areas.
  • Conduct peer review research and creative activities.
  • Provide service to the discipline, university, and community.
  • Teach in multi-disciplinary courses within the School of Design.


  • Expertise in at least one of the following areas: 1) typography and editorial design, 2) time-based media design, i.e.: animation, film, motion graphics, 3) spatial design in the built environment, 4) digital product design, i.e.: app and web development, 5) socially aware and responsible design practices, 6) design theory and history. 


  • Terminal degree (masters or PhD) in Graphic Design or related field or international equivalent by time of appointment.
  • Potential to develop and teach academic coursework in one or more of the disciplinary content areas.
  • Potential to conduct peer review research, scholarship and/or creative activity.
  • Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.


  • PhD in Graphic Design or a related field by time of appointment.
  • Evidence of teaching Graphic Design at university level.
  • Evidence of conducting peer review research, scholarship and/or creative activity.
  • Record of service within the discipline and/or profession.


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.


SDSU is a thriving and growing research land-grant university with a rich tradition of hands-on learning and material practice. The University is set in a rich regional fabric of small communities eager to embrace innovative and smart design practice and culture. 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.

South Dakota State University is located in Brookings, a beautiful college town of about 24,000 residents. Brookings is 4.5 hours west of Minneapolis and 3 hours south of Fargo. Brookings is listed as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees, and is rated among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota. The Brookings Public School District ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. 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 February 15, 2023.


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 guides you through the electronic application form. This employment site will require the attachment of 1) a cover letter including a statement of a) academic interest in the position, b) description of ability to teach within the professional discipline, and c) description of peer review research or creative activity focus, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) three professional or academic references with appropriate contact information (name, position, phone, mailing and email address), and 4) a portfolio (25-page max. and 10MB max.) demonstrating teaching, peer review research or creative activity, and/or service experience related to the position qualifications. An online link to a similarly formatted PDF portfolio is an acceptable alternative; the URL must be uploaded in place of the portfolio on the employment website. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at 605-688-4128 if you require assistance with the electronic application 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 inquiries regarding the faculty position, contact the search committee chair, Dr. Leda Cempellin at (605) 688-4103 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.