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South Dakota State University
Sociology & Rural Studies
South Dakota
Posted: 12/23/2020
Assistant Professor of Sociology

The Department of Sociology & Rural Studies at South Dakota State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin August 2021. This is a 9-month, full-time, benefit-eligible position. The position is supervised by the Director of the newly formed School of Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies. We seek a colleague whose duties will include teaching criminology-related courses; maintaining an active, independent research agenda that includes peer-reviewed publications and grant activity; and service to the department.

The Department of Sociology and Rural Studies is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff and students and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experience in these areas.

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, veterans, people with disabilities and minorities are encouraged to apply.


· Teach courses in a proposed undergraduate criminology program. The successful applicant will teach courses in criminology, victimology, and social justice. The maximum teaching load is three courses per semester.

· Undergraduate mentoring.

· Research/scholarship.

· Service activity within the department and University.


· Must be authorized to work in the United States; sponsorship is not available for this position.

· Candidate must have earned a PhD in Criminology or Sociology by the date of appointment.

· Demonstrated teaching skills in the areas of criminology, victimology, and social justice.

· Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.


· Demonstrated record of, or strong potential for, conducting research and ability to facilitate research projects.

· Potential for and interest in grant development and submission.

· Demonstrated record of teaching criminology courses.

· Ability to contribute to both the criminology and sociology programs in the department.

· Research and/or teaching experience related to diversity, inclusion, and/or equity.

· Demonstrated record of applied research or public outreach.


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.


Ranked as the No. 2 best place to work in South Dakota by Forbes, 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 Department of Sociology & Rural Studies consists of six full-time faculty members. The academic program includes an undergraduate major in Sociology, a pending major in Criminology, and minors in Sociology and Criminal Justice and a specialization in Teaching. The department is housed in the School of Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies on the Brookings campus.

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 full consideration given to applications received by February 1, 2021.


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 posting.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will require attachment of the following documents:

1) A Cover Letter which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement;

2) Curriculum Vitae;

3) Statement of Research and Scholarship, Teaching Statement and Diversity Statement explaining inclusivity in your work (combined and attached as ‘other’);

4) A reference page with the contact information for three professional or academic references who can speak thoroughly to the candidate’s qualities relative to the qualifications of this advertisement. Include appropriate reference contact information (name, position, phone number, mailing and email address).

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 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 Meredith Redlin, Search Chair, at

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 disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class 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.