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South Dakota State University
Posted: 05/18/2023
Instructor in Medical Laboratory Science

South Dakota State University’s Department of Allied and Population Health (APH) is offering an exciting career opportunity for an Instructor in the Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program starting immediately. We are looking for creative and innovative professionals to join our rapidly growing, innovative MLS division. The Allied and Population Health Department houses faculty from respiratory care, public health, medical laboratory sciences, and pharmacy. This is a 12-month, full-time, benefit-eligible position supervised by the Department Head of the Allied and Population Health Department.

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.

Sponsorship for this position is not available. Must be eligible to work in the United States.


The Instructor in Medical Laboratory Science is responsible for laboratory and clinical area instruction. The Instructor will adhere to the policies of the clinical affiliate and the university. They will split their time between Avera McKennan Hospital and University Center in Sioux Falls and our Brookings campus.

  • Teaching responsibilities include lecture, laboratory and clinical practicum components in the assigned medical laboratory science discipline.
  • Successful development and teaching of courses in the MLS program. Specifically, Laboratory Methods, Management, Clinical Chemistry, Hematology etc.
  • Promote excellence in teaching, scholarship and service by setting high standards of academic and professional performance.
  • Perform medical laboratory services, including without limitation, set-up and observe practical, simulation bench, slide reviews, case studies, proctor testing, pull specimens for practicing, testing, assist with training of SDSU students when other programs such as MLT students are on the bench for their Micro/BB, participate in recruitment events, provide virtual tours of the Avera lab, etc., and such other tasks as are reasonably requested.
  • Assist in maintaining and enhancing communication within the hospital community.
  • Adhere to policies and procedures of South Dakota State University, clinical affiliates, and any other state, federal or accrediting agency mandates.


  • Earned Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in clinical laboratory science or closely related scientific discipline and graduation from accredited MT/CLS program;
  • An ASCPBOC or ASCP-BOC generalist certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist by the start of the position;
  • A Master’s degree from an accredited institution in clinical laboratory science or an appropriately related scientific discipline by start date, or ability to be completed within 12-months of start date of position;
  • The ability to collaborate effectively with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skill;
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a contributing team member;
  • Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.


  • Doctoral degree in a relevant field;
  • Previous teaching experience;
  • Relevant clinical laboratory experience;
  • Demonstrated leadership experience by serving on professional committees or with scholarly activity, e.g., presenting at state, regional, or national conferences.


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 Medical Laboratory Sciences Program is the only University NAACLS accredited program in South Dakota (SD). The program has strong partnerships with the major healthcare systems in SD and across the country. We currently offer 4 academic program options across this division: on-campus MLS, Upward Mobility MLS, Accelerated Mobility MLS, and a Phlebotomy Certificate. We have graduated several students since the inception of the program in the 1970’s. We consistently record 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 June 7, 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 Ms. April Nelsen at (605) 941-3035 or april.nelsen@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.