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South Dakota State University
Agronomy, Horticulture & Plant Science
Posted: 09/27/2023
Assistant Professor of Entomology

The Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science at South Dakota State University invites applications to fill two nine-month, full-time, benefit eligible, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Entomology positions. Each position will have teaching (20%) and research (80%) responsibilities. These positions are supervised by the department head of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science and are open until filled.

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 mission.


These positions will develop innovative, nationally and internationally recognized extramurally funded research programs. One of these positions will focus on insect pest management in small grains, pulse crops, sunflowers or other relevant crops with research interests in effective integrated pest management for insect pests of small grains and specialty crops that are economically relevant to South Dakota. The second position will focus on pollinator health, pollinator ecology or pollinator systematics with, research interests in ecological concerns related to native pollinator species diversity, pollinator decline, agricultural landscape and environmental change impacts, and pollinator ecosystem services to economically important crops in South Dakota. This focus position will also assume direction of the historically important Severin-McDaniel Insect Research Collection that contains over 1.5 million specimens as part of a broad-based research program and arthropod diagnostics lab supporting and involving colleagues, students, and clientele. The successful candidates are also expected to collaborate with SDSU faculty on other row crops as needed. Collaborations are expected with state, federal, tribal, local government, and non-profit and private agencies.

Undergraduate and graduate student advising and mentoring is expected.

The successful applicant is expected to secure funding from state and national funding sources, publish in discipline appropriate refereed journals, and work effectively with department, college, and multi-state collaborators. Service to the department, college, and university is expected.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Entomology, a field of invertebrate biology, or a closely related discipline.
  • Knowledge and experience in insect ecology or insect pest management strategies.
  • Potential for scholarly publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Potential for competitive grant writing,
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.

SALARY: Commensurate with background and experience.


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 is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 academic programs, an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students, and over $60 million annual research expenditures.

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 Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science includes over 40 faculty whose expertise spans the fields of Agronomy, Entomology, Genetics, Horticulture, Plant Breeding, Plant Pathology, Precision Agriculture, Seed Science, Soil Science, and Weed Science. The Department has a robust research program that consistently ranks at the top of departments at SDSU. Discovery and dissemination of science-based knowledge are core missions of the department. Our faculty Extension Specialists and Field Specialists provide an effective structure for meeting this mission. In academic programs, the department provides nationally competitive training for undergraduate students leading to B.S. degrees in Agronomy, Horticulture and Precision Agriculture. Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science also offers a strong graduate training environment leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Science and Biological Sciences.

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, Aberdeen and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

Brookings is home to more than 23,000 residents and is located about 50 miles north of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and 200 miles west of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Livability.com 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 30 October 2023.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:  https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, 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, that specifically addresses how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, research statement (attached as work sample), teaching statement (attached as other), Curriculum Vitae, most recent transcripts, and a reference page with the contact information for four 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 conditioned upon 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 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 Dr. Brent Turnipseed, Search Chair, Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department, SDSU, Box 2108, Brookings, SD 57007, (605) 688-4590 or Brent.Turnipseed@SDSTATE.EDU.