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South Dakota State University
Department of Geography & Geospatial Sciences
Posted: 09/18/2023
Assistant Professor of Geography & GIS

The Department of Geography & Geospatial Sciences at South Dakota State University seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor to begin August 2024, with a specialization in Geographic Information Sciences (GISc). We are looking for a creative and innovative professional to help develop and grow our GISc program. This is a 9-month, full-time, benefit-eligible position, with a 40% to 60% teaching load. This position is supervised by the Department Head for Geography and Geospatial Sciences. The Department of Geography & Geospatial Sciences offers B.A/B.S. degrees in Geography, B.S. Geographic Information Sciences, B.S. Community and Regional Planning, M.S. degrees in Geography and Geography – GISc Specialization, and a Ph.D. in Geospatial Science and Engineering. The Department also houses the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence.

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 who can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.


  • Enthusiastic, creative, and innovative teaching and the ability to engage undergraduate and graduate students in the classroom as well as willing to include students in contractual and community projects.
  • Assist the department in strengthening relationships with its own and complementary programs, including for example environmental GIS, urban planning, agricultural GIS, or business GIS.
  • Use of Geographic Information System technologies such as Web GIS, AI/ML, cloud computing, big data analytics and UAS-based GIS to enhance learning and research outcomes.
  • Ability to promote GIS to the campus community, the broader community, and business stakeholders.
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, including thesis and dissertation research.
  • Develop a research program that includes external sources of funding, fosters university and community outreach, as well as collaboration within the department and university and publishes in peer-reviewed national and international journals.
  • Participate as a contributing team member in University, College, and Department governance to include, but not limited to, professional service and outreach activities.


  • Ph.D. in Geography or a closely related field by first day of employment.
  • Knowledge of multiple, applied Geographic Information Science (GISc) technologies.
  • Potential to develop the department’s GIS program and effectively teach emerging GIS trends in the program’s undergraduate and graduate courses.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills.


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.

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 November 10, 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, statement of teaching philosophy (3-page limit, attached as other), 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 Dr. Bruce Millett at 605-688-4511 or bruce.millett@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.