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South Dakota State University
Ness School of Management and Economics
South Dakota
Posted: 06/3/2022
Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist in Sustainable Farm and Food Systems

The South Dakota State University (SDSU) Ness School of Management and Economics invites applications for a 9-month, 100% time, benefit eligible tenure-track Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Sustainable Farm and Food Systems. This position is supervised by the Director of the Ness School of Management and Engineering.

The Ness School faculty teach conduct research in a broad range of fields including economics, agricultural economics, agribusiness, natural resource economics, and business economics and provide extension, outreach, and general service programs in above-mentioned fields. The position offers an exciting opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary environment within the school and across the university.


This position will have 75% extension and 25% research responsibilities. The successful candidate is expected to work with producers and the agribusiness industry stakeholders to develop a nationally reputed extension program that focuses on sustainable farm and food system value chains. The successful candidate for this position will leverage university resources and networks to develop an extension program that focuses on resilience to emerging trends in farm and food system value chains such as local foods, organic foods, supply chain risks, changing consumer preferences, and technological changes such as precision agriculture, big data, and block chain. The successful candidate will also develop and maintain an active scholarly agenda leading to peer-reviewed publications in quality journals.


  • A Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, Economics, or related disciplinary area by hiring date.
  • Potential to produce publishable research in sustainable farm and food systems.
  • Knowledge of the United States farm and food systems.
  • Potential to develop an effective, independent extension program working with various stakeholders.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.


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 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 of thought, and excellence through continuous improvement.

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is the intellectual and cultural heart of SDSU. The college consists of six interdisciplinary schools—American and Global Studies, Communication and Journalism, Design, the Ness School of Management and Economics, and Performing Arts—and one academic department—English and Interdisciplinary Studies; additionally, the college includes programs in military science (Army ROTC) and Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC). The college’s unique administrative structure supports and encourages interdisciplinary collaboration among both faculty and students, allowing each unit and discipline to thrive. The college is committed to supporting the Land Grant Mission of SDSU. Our faculty regularly conduct research that directly benefits the people of South Dakota and our region with research that engages our communities, supporting their social, cultural, and economic development. 

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of South Dakota State 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.


The Ness School, in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, includes approximately 30 full-time faculty members and a team of undergraduate academic advisors. The school embodies an intellectual philosophy that economics and quantitative analysis are foundational to thriving in and critically assessing a modern global economy; students who major in business economics, entrepreneurial studies, or agricultural business complete a comprehensive suite of business courses, including those in our 42-credit management and economics core.

The Ness School of Management and Economics offers students a high-quality education and excellent job-placement opportunities. Graduates hold leadership and management positions across the northern Great Plains, Midwest, and nationally in banking and finance, processing and manufacturing management, energy and bioenergy, and food and agribusiness management, and in policy, oversight and regulation; and many are leaders in the broader innovation and entrepreneurship community.

The Ness School is in the process of securing AACSB accreditation, managing significant enrollment growth in its majors, and balancing new opportunities in core business fields—including enterprise management and innovation—with its traditional strengths in economics and quantitative analysis. The school embraces interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration in research, teaching, community engagement, and extension work—in some cases, formally, for the school’s faculty members who hold SDSU Extension appointments. The school enrolls approximately 800 undergraduate majors, including more than 500 students who major in business economics and more than 200 students who major in agricultural business, a degree conferred by the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences. The school also offers an undergraduate degree in economics, which includes upper-level coursework in mathematical economics, econometrics, and field areas in, for example, international economics, environmental and resource economics, public policy, and agricultural policy.

Additionally, the school offers a master’s degree in economics that includes two program options: an economic-theory option that requires courses in advanced microeconomics, advanced macroeconomics, econometrics, and research methods, emphasizing applied economic research in the form of graduate thesis; and a business-economics option that requires courses in managerial economics, advanced business decision science, financial management, marketing strategy and analytics, and a capstone experience that blends corporate finance, entrepreneurship, and marketing analytics and potentially collaborates with industry. A graduate certificate in Professional Management forms the core of the new intercollegiate Professional Science Master’s degree.

The Ness School operates within a rich and supportive corporate-enterprise ecosystem. For example, Daktronics (DAKT; NASDAQ), 3M (MMM; NYSE), and Larson Manufacturing (Fortune Brands, FBHS; NYSE) as well as Bel Brands and Rainbow Play Systems provide diverse employment opportunities. Meanwhile, Sioux Falls, a 45-minute drive south of Brookings, is home to several thriving corporate enterprises with which SDSU enjoys productive relationships. Additionally, Innovation Partners and the Enterprise Institute located at the SDSU Research Park Innovation Center in Brookings provide opportunities for networking with regional innovators and entrepreneurs, as well as opportunities for part-time employment and


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. 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 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 August 15, 2022.


South Dakota State University accepts applications through an online 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 South Dakota State University Human Resources at 605-688-4128 if you require assistance with this 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 questions on the position, contact Deepthi Kolady at 605-688-5321 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.