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South Dakota State University
School of Education, Counseling, and Human Development (ECHD)
South Dakota
Posted: 01/7/2022
Instructor - Academic & Career Success

The School of Education, Counseling, and Human Development (ECHD) is inviting qualified candidates for a full-time, benefit-eligible, 9-month, term position with the rank of Instructor in Academic and Career Success (ACS). As an Instructor in ECHD, this individual will work collaboratively with other faculty and support the student-success mission of the program, department, college, and university. The start date is August 22, 2022. This position is supervised by the Director of the School of Education, Counseling, and Human Development.

This dynamic individual will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in Academic and Career Success (within the Exploratory Studies program), Reading for College Success, and/or related areas. The successful candidate will teach courses that help guide students in transitioning successfully from high school to college, assist in major selection, and developing skills (such as reading, time management, and study skills) that lead to academic success and employment readiness. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success in the classroom by developing and using highly effective teaching strategies to positively support students. They would also promote the acquisition and application of knowledge, critical and creative thinking skills, and developing life-planning skills needed as a professional.

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.


· Teaches undergraduate courses in Academic and Career Success (ACS), Reading for College Success (READ), and/or related areas.

· Plans, organizes, and designs instructional materials to meet course objectives and program needs.

· Participates in curriculum development and revision.

· Participates in departmental recruiting and retention activities.

· Participates in a variety of program, departmental, college/school-wide, and campus programs; including, but not limited to, general service activities, committees, and related.

· Assists students to reach their academic, personal, and career goals.

· Fosters a safe environment that respects the diversity of people and ideas by modeling respect for all students and conveying confidence in every student’s ability to learn.

· Contributes and provides leadership in their academic and professional communities and will promote collaboration and teamwork among members of these communities.


- Master’s Degree in Education, or a field related in one of the identified areas of instruction by the position start date.

- Minimum of one year experience instructing college students.

- Experience in teaching academic or life planning strategies at the college level and able to provide evidence of teaching courses relevant to these strategies, including reading.

- Self-motivated and able to demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching.

- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues within and across disciplines.

- Evidence of dedication to the program mission of assisting students with college transition and academic success.

- Experience working with diverse populations including educationally-disadvantaged, first generation, and multi-cultural students.

- Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills.

- Excellent written communication skills.

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


· Able to demonstrate understanding of college student development; with related experience to teaching courses in academic/social development and career planning.

· Evidence of strong teaching effectiveness in a collegiate environment.

· Evidence of strong organizational and time-management skills.

· Demonstrated experience in curriculum planning and course development.

· Experience teaching READ 041 (Reading for College Success)

· Experience teaching in at least one/or related course within the Exploratory Program Courses: ACS 119 (First Year Seminar), ACS 143 (Mastering Lifetime Learning Skills), and/or ACS 102 (Exploratory Studies).

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 course at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


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 School of Education, Counseling, and Human Development creates a unique niche across programs in education and human science fields that emphasizes developmental sciences and the science of learning. By more fully integrating human development and education, we will be able to better ground teacher education in the context of developmental and cultural relevance, and we will further strengthen our offerings in human development by grounding them in the science of learning. Both areas underscore the importance of how learning across the lifespan develops in diverse learners. Diverse here references not only differences in cognitive and learning styles, but differences in culture, socioeconomic status, and lifestyle.

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 18, 2022.


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 reference page with the contact information for three professional references. 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, the 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 Melissa Granum at: