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South Dakota State University
School of Design
South Dakota
Posted: 06/2/2022
Professor of Practice and Program Coordinator Architecture

The South Dakota State University School of Design invites applications and nominations for a Professor of Practice and Program Coordinator in Architecture. This is a full-time, 12-month, benefit-eligible, term appointment with a start date of no later than August 22, 2022. The position reports to and works collaboratively with the Director of the School of Design as a member of the school’s leadership team.

The School of Design includes both the visual arts and the built environment, with degree programs in architecture, graphic design, interior design, landscape architecture and studio art. Collectively, School faculty form a collaborative teaching and research environment that values cross-program, interprofessional and interdisciplinary initiatives. The successful candidate will contribute to building the national and international reputation of the discipline of architecture, of the School of Design, and of SDSU. 

This position will be at the senior faculty level. The successful candidate will bring a licensed practicing architect’s expertise and life experience to mentor and lead the architecture faculty and students. The position duties are balanced equally between the leadership role of Architecture Program Coordinator and the disciplinary role of significant contributor to the design and delivery of the core architecture curriculum. 


  • Provide program leadership and mentorship for the undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture.
  • Provide program leadership for National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accreditation by ensuring appropriate archiving of student artifacts; collaborating with the director of the School of Design to complete annual NAAB reporting requirements; securing faculty participation in drafting and completing the accreditation self-study and associated documents; and ensuring program participation in Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) surveys and requests for information.
  • Serve as the Architecture program’s Architect Licensing Advisor in compliance with NAAB accreditation standards.
  • Teach, independently or in a team-taught environment, courses within the professional curriculum such as design studios, lectures, seminars, and workshops.
  • Work collaboratively with the Director of the School of Design to foster and sustain student and faculty success within an interprofessional and interdisciplinary context.
  • Represent the Architecture program within the School of Design’s shared governance structure.
  • Represent the Architecture program to internal and external stakeholders in collaboration with the Director of the School of Design.
  • Participate in service and shared governance roles at the disciplinary, school, college, university, and/or community levels.


Architectural building design, technology, sustainable construction and professional practices.


  • Licensed practicing architect in the United States with a minimum 10-years professional experience.
  • Terminal degree (masters or PhD) in Architecture or related field or international equivalent.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with or leading teams for projects in the built environment.
  • Demonstrated interest in developing and teaching academic coursework in one or more of the disciplinary content areas.
  • Effective written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.


  • Experience teaching in an academic setting.
  • Potential to connect new or evolving practices and methods from industry into the classroom.
  • Record of service and leadership within the profession in South Dakota.


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.

Architecture is a critical program of strategic importance for the School of Design and the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences. SDSU offers a 4-year Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture and a 2-year NAAB accredited Master’s of Architecture degree. Architecture has a unique mandate to remain a small program of no more than 220 students, making it one of the smallest architecture programs in the USA working within a fabric of small agrarian and mining cities;

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 June 30, 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 inquiries regarding this position, contact the search committee chair, Dr. Jason Zimmerman at (605) 688-4723 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.