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South Dakota State University
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
South Dakota
Posted: 01/13/2022
Ness Endowed Director of the Ness School of Management and Economics

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at South Dakota State University invites applications and nominations for the position of the Ness Endowed Director of the Ness School of Management and Economics. This is a full-time, 12-month, benefit-eligible, primarily administrative position with an anticipated start date of June 22, 2022. The successful candidate will also hold faculty rank at the associate/full professor level. 

The Ness School seeks an individual able to provide visionary leadership at a critical time. The School is focused on completing the process of securing AACSB accreditation, managing significant enrollment growth in its majors, and balancing new opportunities in core business fields with its traditional strengths in economics, agricultural economics, and agribusiness. The Ness School embodies a philosophy of Business Plus that embraces interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration in research, teaching, and community engagement and extension work. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for providing forward-thinking leadership and facilitating strategic planning and goal setting, as well as actively participating in campus and college-based student success initiatives, intentional mentoring of faculty and staff, effective scheduling and budgeting, and thoughtful engagement with donors and other external stakeholders. The successful candidate will serve as the intellectual leader of the Ness School and its faculty and will also represent the school to a wide range of external stakeholders in South Dakota and the broader region. It is important that the director communicates clearly, transparently and equitably with campus and community stakeholders. 

The successful candidate will serve primarily as an administrator but will be able to establish, through consultation with the dean of the college, appropriate workload percentages dedicated to research, scholarship and/or teaching. This position is supervised by the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates who 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.


  • Working to build community among faculty, staff, and students.
  • Establishing a clear agenda for the development of the School that supports program growth, faculty, staff, and student success, and the land-grant mission of SDSU.
  • Leading the School in completing the process of successfully securing AACSB accreditation.
  • Strategically managing School resources to ensure that they are efficiently utilized to achieve student learning outcomes, enhance student success, facilitate faculty research and scholarship, meet the professional needs of faculty and staff, and foster a collegial working environment.
  • Providing leadership, coordination and administration in the ongoing development, implementation and assessment of academic programs.
  • Providing mentorship and support to encourage and sustain faculty excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA).
  • Developing structures to ensure student success and increase enrollment and sets a clear vision for the growth and success of the School.
  • Providing oversight of the faculty, staff, and facilities assigned to the programs housed within the School.
  • Recruiting and retaining faculty and staff with a high level of professional expertise.


  • Serve as primary administrator for the Ness School of Management and Economics.
  • Collaborate with the dean, associate dean, and other school directors within the college to elevate the overall standing of the college and its schools.
  • Provide leadership throughout the School to ensure that programs and degrees align and meet the School’s mission, vision and goals.
  • Collaborate with the dean, the college’s development director, and SDSU Foundation personnel to cultivate and steward relationships with alumni, donors and other external stakeholders in pursuit of the School’s, College’s and University’s fundraising priorities.
  • Build strong relationships and cultivates partnerships with business and industry leaders in South Dakota and the region.
  • Provide leadership to strengthen existing programs and ensure their success, including strategic management of financial resources, careful oversight of course schedules, course topics, instructor assignments, methods of instruction and locations; attention to the assessment of student learning as well as the evaluation of program effectiveness; and regular review of the curriculum for currency with disciplinary standards and best practices and alignment with established learning outcomes.
  • Utilize best practices to recruit and retain highly qualified and diverse faculty and staff.
  • Mentor faculty to achieve success in teaching, research and scholarship, outreach, and service/shared governance.
  • Complete faculty workload and annual review processes fairly, accurately, and on time.
  • Participate actively in university and college initiatives to recruit and retain students and works closely with faculty and advisors to develop programs and initiatives to increase student success.


  • Earned Ph.D. in a core Business field, Economics, Agricultural Business, Agricultural Economics, or a closely related field.
  • A strong record of peer-reviewed publication and teaching excellence commensurate with appointment as a tenured faculty member as a professor or associate professor.
  • Documented academic leadership experience in shared governance or administration, such as in the roles of department head or chair, assistant/associate department head or chair, assistant director of an academic unit, graduate program coordinator, chair of a substantial university-wide committee, or similar.
  • Well-developed collaboration, consensus-building, and leadership skills in a multi-disciplinary context.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Effective resource and time management skills.
  • Sponsorship is not available for this position; must be eligible to work in the United States. 


  • Demonstrated understanding of the AACSB accreditation process.
  • Demonstrated understanding of land-grant universities and of the role of Cooperative Extension and/or Agriculture Experiment Stations within them.
  • The motivation and dedication needed to develop and maintain positive relationships with donors, alumni, and the business and professional communities.
  • A strong understanding of student success issues in higher education, especially as they impact diverse student populations.
  • Evidence of mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students, as well as faculty.
  • Experience in assessment and curriculum development.
  • A sustained record of active grant seeking, as well as experience managing and executing external grants.
  • Support of and willingness to engage faculty in a variety of instructional modalities, including online and hybrid instruction.


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 College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is the intellectual and cultural heart of South Dakota State University. The College consists of seven core academic units: the schools of American and Global Studies, Communication and Journalism, Design, Performing Arts, Psychology, Sociology & Rural Studies and the Ness School of Management and Economics and the department of English and Interdisciplinary studies. In addition, the College is proud to house programs in Military Science (Army ROTC) and Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC). The College’s unique administrative structure fosters a high level of collaboration among the leadership team of school directors and department heads, supports and encourages interdisciplinary collaboration among both faculty and students, and allows each unit and discipline to thrive. The College is committed to supporting the Land Grant Mission of South Dakota State University. Our faculty regularly conduct research that directly benefits the people of South Dakota and of our region, with research projects that engage our communities and support their social, cultural, and economic development.

The Ness School of Management and Economics offers students a high-quality education and excellent job placement opportunities. The School includes approximately 30 full-time faculty, as well as two professional academic advisors and two administrative support staff. The school enrolls approximately 800 undergraduate majors, including nearly 200 students in agricultural business and more than 500 students in business economics. The school also offers both traditional and accelerated pathways to a master’s degree in economics. The School occupies Harding hall, which was completely renovated in 2018 and provides state of the art teaching and student engagement facilities, including the First Dakota National Bank eTrading Lab.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out primarily on its main resident campus in Brookings.

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 25, 2022.

For questions on the position, or to nominate someone for the position, contact Search Chair, Dr. Jason McEntee at 605-688-5191 or


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, 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.

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.