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South Dakota State University
Animal Science
South Dakota
Posted: 01/9/2020
Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist Small Ruminant Production

The Department of Animal Science at South Dakota State University invites applications for a nine-month, Assistant Professor Extension Specialist position. This position is a tenure track, full-time, benefit-eligible position. The position is available May 22, 2020. This position is supervised by the Department Head of Animal Science. Sponsorship is not available for this position. Must be eligible to work in the United States.

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.  


This position will include 70% Extension, 20% Scholarship, and 10% Teaching. The incumbent will develop a nationally-recognized Extension and outreach program in Small Ruminant Production with particular focus on lamb and wool production. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a course entitled Sheep and Wool Production and Lab. This is a three credit hour course, which is currently offered each fall semester. The successful candidate will also be expected to establish an extramurally-funded outreach and Extension program with an applied research component. Strong collaboration with Extension personnel from the Departments of Animal Science, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences is expected, as is establishing a working relationship with the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association. Collaboration with industry members and Extension Specialists from other states is encouraged. Resources include the SDSU Sheep Research and Teaching Unit located two miles north of the main campus. The unit includes a closed ewe flock of 250 commercial Polypay and 125 purebred Hampshire ewes. The Hampshire flock participates in the National Sheep Improvement Program. Lambing seasons include fall (September-October), winter (late January to early March) and May. There is a full-time shepherd to oversee day-to-day management and supervise 8-10 undergraduate student employees each semester.


· Earned Ph.D. completed by appointment date in Animal Science or a closely related field with an emphasis in small ruminant production;

· Demonstrated in-depth understanding of practical lamb and wool production and the modern sheep industry;

· Demonstrated abilities to interact and communicate (verbally and written) effectively with colleagues, staff, students, producer groups, and other clientele;

· Demonstrated ability to conduct applied research and to develop an extra-murally funded program;

· Must have the ability to identify and resolve issues in modern small ruminant production.

· Valid driver’s license.


· Extension experience and the ability to develop innovative, effective, producer outreach programs;

· Experience in successful grant writing;

· Willingness to develop Extension programming in support of 4-H meat goat programs.

SALARY: 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.

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 Unites 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.

Jackrabbit 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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by February 15, 2020. The position is available May 22, 2020.


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 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. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. Email applications will not be accepted.

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, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

For questions on the position, contact Dr. Russ Daly at or (605) 688-6589.

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.