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South Dakota State University
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Posted: 08/30/2023
Department Head

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)at South Dakota State University (SDSU) invites applicants for Department Head and Professor. This is a 12-month, benefit-eligible, tenure track position. The EECS Department is one among six departments in the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering. The department, college, and SDSU provide excellent research facilities for cutting-edge research. Several faculty members in the college, including faculty members in the EECS department, have received NSF-CAREER or equivalent awards. The EECS Department also has one endowed professor position. The department is committed to providing a rigorous and practical educational experience, with an emphasis on design and problem-solving, conducting world-class research relevant to the region and providing technical assistance to existing and emerging businesses, industries, and government. This position is supervised by the Dean of the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering.

The EECS Department offers BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Computer Science; BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering; and minors in Informatics, Computer Engineering, and Software Engineering. Currently, the department has approximately 260 undergraduate and a vibrant graduate program with external annual funding of approximately $2.5M. The BS program in Computer Science is accredited by the CAC of ABET and the BS program in Electrical Engineering is accredited by the EAC of ABET.

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.


South Dakota State University seeks a dynamic and collaborative leader to serve as the Head of the EECS Department. The Department Head will work closely with the Dean and the leadership team of the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering (JJLCOE) to promote the land-grant mission and an ambitious agenda to address the world’s grand challenges in the areas of computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering. The selected candidate is expected to lead the EECS Department in identifying future areas of growth and investment while providing organizational and administrative expertise to the Department and the JJLCOE.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.


  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a closely related field by date of application.
  • A distinguished record of teaching, research, scholarship, and service.
  • Eligible for rank of Professor at SDSU in the Department of EECS.
  • Active engagement in technical societies such as the IEEE and or ACM
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in recruitment, retention, and success of faculty, staff and students from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Leadership and success in securing internal and external support for instruction and research from federal, industry, and corporate sources. The candidate is expected to steer the growth of the department consistent with SDSU’s strategic plan.
  • Understanding of current and emerging issues in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering as defined by rapidly changing workforce needs as well as applied and fundamental research needs in varied yet integrated areas related to cloud computing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, materials and sensor development, IOT, embedded software, high performance computing, and the power industry.
  • Administrative abilities including management of budget and personnel.
  • Transparent, open-minded, collegial, and approachable leadership style.
  • Clear understanding of the land-grant mission.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Familiarity with ABET processes and procedures, or experience as an ABET Program Evaluator/Team Chair.


  • Successful professional experience in academic administration and/or comparable experience in research management.
  • Demonstrated active participation in Engineering/Computer Science Education technical committees and other relevant experience to advance scholarship of teaching and learning to promote state-of-the-art pedagogy and to lead other researchers in purposeful strategy for external funding in the areas of Engineering/Computer Science Education research
  •  Proven experience and commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration to enhance department and college performance.
  •  Experience with successfully leading a department through an ABET accreditation visit.


Commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, sick leave, 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.

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.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by September 30, 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.” The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The 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, teaching statement (attached as ‘other’ document), research statement (attached as ‘work sample’), and 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 this position, contact Dr. Rajesh Kavasseri at 605-688-4371 or Rajesh.Kavasseri@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.