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South Dakota State University
Department of Allied and Population Health
Posted: 06/26/2023
Respiratory Care Instructor

South Dakota State University’s Department of Allied and Population Health is offering an exciting career opportunity for an experienced respiratory therapist and educator in the faculty rank of Instructor. The successful applicant will join a rapidly growing, innovative and inter-disciplinary department. The Allied and Population Health Department houses faculty from public health, medical laboratory sciences, pharmacy, and respiratory care. Inter-disciplinary collaboration is fostered and encouraged among faculty and students. This is a 12-month, full-time, benefit-eligible position. SDSU seeks to attract an active, professional and academically diversified faculty of the highest caliber who is skilled in the scholarship of teaching, practice, application, and integration of knowledge.

The Respiratory Care Instructor is responsible for laboratory and clinical area instruction. The Instructor will adhere to the policies of the clinical affiliate and the university. Their primary area of work will be at one of the hospitals in the State of South Dakota, but their work may extend to other hospitals or health systems, as needed. South Dakota has three health systems at which our faculty and students in the respiratory care program are placed including: Sanford USD Medical Center and the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, and Monument Health in Rapid City.

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 of access.


  • Organize and teach clinical and laboratory courses as assigned by the Director of the Respiratory Care Program to align with CoARC and NBRC objectives/learning outcomes.
  • Promote excellence in teaching and service by setting high standards of academic and professional performance.
  • Perform respiratory care services, including without limitation, performance improvement activities, audit summaries, quality enhancement activities, teaching services, training services, and other tasks as are reasonably requested.
  • Evaluate and report student performance and progress and maintain accurate records.
  • Request and maintain instructional equipment for classroom or laboratory use.
  • Maintain communication with other respiratory care professionals regionally and nationally through membership with the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC).
  • Engage in professional development activities and seek information about new trends and ideas.
  • Assist in maintaining and enhancing communication within the hospital and community.
  • Supervise the clinical respiratory care students and assure clinical rotation schedules are carried out at the clinical affiliate hospital.
  • Adhere to policies and procedures of South Dakota State University, clinical affiliates, and any other state, federal or accrediting agency mandates.


  • Sponsorship is not available for this position; must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Master’s degree in respiratory care (or associated field), or a bachelor’s degree in the field plus three years of experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist.
  • Valid RRT credential, and current state license or eligibility to earn licensure in South Dakota.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrates good organizational and time management skills.
  • Demonstrates excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work across multiple levels within a health system.
  • Ability to work as a contributing team member.
  • Demonstrates use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
  • Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.


  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience teaching in an accredited respiratory care program either as an appointed faculty member or as a clinical preceptor.
  • Four years of experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist with a minimum of two years in clinical practice.
  • Formal teacher training and experience with both in-person and on-line instruction.
  • Demonstrates ability to assume responsibility, deal effectively with problems, and exercise independent judgment with decision-making.


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 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 Allied and Population Health Department, within the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions is an interdisciplinary department consisting of practitioners and researchers working to improve the human condition. In addition to the two respiratory care programs (A.S. and B.S.) the department offers seven other academic programs, from disciplines such as public health, pharmacy, medical laboratory sciences, and respiratory care. The Allied and Population Health Department houses faculty from public health, medical laboratory sciences, pharmacy, and respiratory care. Inter-disciplinary collaboration is fostered and encouraged among faculty and students. Faculty work with collaborating institutions across the state and nation. Students in these programs complete clinical experiences with our collaborative partners and affiliate sites across America. In addition to teaching, the department houses the new Community Practice Innovations Center (CPIC) which focuses on community-based research with an emphasis on access to care, population health, and improving health outcomes. The South Dakota State University’s Respiratory Program is the only CoARC accredited Respiratory Program in South Dakota (SD). The program has strong partnerships with the major healthcare systems in SD. Classrooms, faculty offices, and clinical sites are held at Monument, Sanford, and Avera Health systems. We have graduated several students since the inception of the program in the 1980’s, and are proud to report that our alumni make up a majority of the workforce across SD. We have consistently recorded 100% job placement for graduates and offer a very dynamic working environment for faculty.

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 July 17, 2023.


South Dakota State University accepts applications through an online 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, 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.

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 Marissa Trosen at (605) 688-6197 or Marissa.trosen@sdstate.edu.

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 HR@sdstate.edu. 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.