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South Dakota State University
Department of Allied and Population Health
South Dakota
Posted: 05/9/2022
Director of Clinical Education and Instructor Respiratory Care

South Dakota State University’s Department of Allied and Population Health is offering an exciting career opportunity for an experienced Respiratory Therapist and educator in the faculty rank of Instructor, and to serve as Director of Clinical Education for our rapidly growing Respiratory Care Program. We are looking for a creative and innovative professional with a desire to grow and lead the Clinical Education component of our Respiratory Care program. This is a 12 month, full-time, benefit-eligible position. This position is supervised by the Department Head of the Allied and Population Health Department. 

SDSU seeks to attract an active, culturally, professionally, and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber, skilled in the scholarship of teaching, practice, application, and integration of knowledge. The successful applicant will join a rapidly growing, innovative and inter-disciplinary department. The Allied and Population Health Department houses faculty from public health, medical laboratory sciences, pharmacy, and respiratory care. In addition to the two respiratory care programs (A.S. and B.S.) the department offers seven other academic programs. Inter-disciplinary collaboration is fostered and encouraged among faculty and students. 

The Director of Clinical Education (DCE) is responsible for all aspects of the clinical experiences offered to students enrolled in our respiratory care programs, including organization, administration, continuous review and revision, planning and development of clinical experience locations (with appropriate supervision) for evolving practice skills, and the general effectiveness of the clinical experiences. The DCE will work in collaboration with the program director and department head on all Respiratory Therapy program (RESP) initiatives, including training students and faculty, coordinating the RESP labs, designing training materials, coordinating projects, furthering RESP best practices among students and faculty, and representing the RESP initiatives within SDSU and externally.


  • Fulfill the responsibilities of Director of Clinical Education as specified in the Accreditation Standards for Entry into Respiratory Care Professional Practice document of the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
  • Assist the Director of the Respiratory Care Program in academic and administrative matters.
  • Organize and teach courses as assigned by the Director of the Respiratory Care Program and the APH Department Head to align with CoARC and NBRC objectives/learning outcomes.
  • Promote excellence in teaching and service by setting high standards of academic and professional performance.
  • Evaluate and report student performance and progress and maintain accurate records.
  • Serve as the site coordinator for the Sioux Falls site.
  • Act as a liaison between the clinical affiliate sites and facilitate public relations with hospitals in South Dakota and other states.
  • Supervise the clinical instructors and prepare clinical rotation schedules at the primary clinical affiliate hospitals. This includes maintaining consistent communication with all clinical instructors.
  • Manage and maintain instructional equipment for classroom or laboratory use.
  • Actively serve on program, department, and college committees.
  • Maintain communication with other respiratory care professionals regionally and nationally through membership with the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC).
  • Engage in professional development activities and seek information about new trends and ideas.
  • Together with the department head and the office of student services, coordinate and participate in recruitment strategies to enhance or maintain student enrollment.
  • Adhere to policies and procedures of South Dakota State University, clinical affiliates, and any other state, federal or accrediting agency mandates.


  • Sponsorship is not available for this position; must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Master’s degree in respiratory care or an associated field from an institution accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) or must be enrolled in an MS degree program with a scheduled graduation date on or before 1-year from the start date. 
  • Valid RRT credential and current state license, or eligibility to earn licensure in South Dakota.
  • Minimum of four (4) years of experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist with at least two (2) years in clinical respiratory care.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience teaching in an accredited respiratory care program either as an appointed faculty member or as a clinical preceptor.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work across multiple levels within health systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a contributing team member.
  • Potential to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate educational materials and direct effective programs.
  • Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.


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 Allied and Population Health Department, within the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions is an interdisciplinary department consisting of practitioners and researchers working to improve the human condition. The Department offers nine academic programs, from disciplines such as public health, pharmacy, medical laboratory sciences and respiratory care. Faculty work with collaborating institutions across the state and nation. Students in these programs complete clinical experiences with our collaborative partners and affiliate sites across America. In addition to teaching, the department houses the new Community Practice Innovations Center (CPIC) which focuses on community-based research with an emphasis on access to care, population health, and improving health outcomes.

The South Dakota State University’s Respiratory Program is the only CoARC accredited Respiratory Program in South Dakota (SD). The program has strong partnerships with the major healthcare systems in SD. Classrooms, faculty offices, and clinical sites are held at Monument, Sanford, and Avera Health systems. We have graduated several students, since the inception of the program in the 1980’s, and are proud to report that our alumni make up the majority of the workforce across SD. We have consistently recorded 100% job placement for graduates and offer a very dynamic working environment for faculty. 

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.

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 May 31, 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 Lacy Patnoe at (605) 755-3673 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.