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South Dakota State University
Consumer Sciences - Aviation Education Program
South Dakota
Posted: 01/3/2020
Instructor of Aviation

South Dakota State University Aviation Education is offering an exciting career opportunity as an Academic Instructor. We are looking for a creative and innovative professional to join the program beginning August, 2020. This is a nine-month, full-time, benefit-eligible position. This position is supervised by the Consumer Sciences Department Head in the College of Education and Human Sciences. 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.


TEACHING: The Academic Instructor of Aviation will hold a standard teaching load with assignments through the various levels and types of courses offered in the program. The Academic Instructor will teach flight-related courses, as well as perform some Flight Instructor duties authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration Regulations in accordance with program needs and in accordance with approved Training Course Outlines.

SERVICE: The Academic Instructor of Aviation will serve on committees at the college, department, and program levels and will provide service to the profession, the industry, and the region. As a mid-sized aviation program, the person in this position will work closely with other aviation faculty to develop curriculum and guide the scope of the program. This position allows a qualified candidate to explore many aspects of an accredited collegiate aviation program including engaging in curriculum development, assessment and accreditation efforts, and student recruitment and retention, as well as other duties as required.


  • Master’s Degree in Aviation, Education, or a closely related field completed by first day of employment;
  • Aviation industry experience;
  • Current FAA Flight Instructor Certificate with Airplane Single-Engine;

· Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences;

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills;

  • Strong interpersonal skills.


· Current FAA Flight Instructor Certificate with Airplane Singe-Engine, Instrument-Airplane, and Airplane Multi-Engine ratings;

· Two years flight instruction experience;

· Current FAA medical with at least second-class privileges.


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.


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 Consumer Sciences is one of the four departments in the College of Education and Human Sciences, with undergraduate major programs in Aviation Education, Hospitality Management, Apparel Merchandising, Consumer Affairs, Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations (LMNO), and Master’s programs in Financial Planning and Merchandising.

The Aviation program at SDSU is an integral part of the Department of Consumer Sciences in the College of Education and Human Sciences. The ABBI-accredited program consists of 80-90 undergraduate students, and three full-time faculty members and has an intimate faculty-to-student ratio that attracts strong, bright, and engaged students. Over the past few years, the program has built a positive reputation across the region for professionally-focused aviation students.

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 March 30, 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. 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, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

For questions on the position, contact Maria Julius at 605-688-4366 or

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.