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South Dakota State University
Posted: 2023-10-26 22:05:33
Professor of Practice– Criminology Program

The School of Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies invites applications for a Professor of Practice within our criminology program. This is a full-time, benefit-eligible, nine-month, non-tenure track position tailored for professionals who are committed to bridging the gap between theory and practice in the field of criminology. As a Professor of Practice, this position will bring real-world expertise and experiences to the classroom, providing students with the skills and insights they need to excel in their future careers. This role will be a key contributor to our growing criminology program, guiding students in their pursuit of knowledge and excellence. Start date of August 2024. This faculty member is supervised by the Director of the School of Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies.

The School of Psychology, Sociology & Rural Studies offers undergraduate majors in Criminology, Psychology, and Sociology; undergraduate minors in Criminal Justice, Mental Health Services, Psychology, and Sociology; and a Master’s degree in Community Development.  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.


  • Teach courses in our undergraduate Criminology major and Criminal Justice minor programs. The successful applicant will teach courses related to Policing, Corrections and Criminal Investigations as well as develop and deliver courses in area of professional expertise.
  • Participate in creating and implementing curriculum with clear and assessable student learning outcomes.
  • Service to the School of Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies, College and University.


  • Completion of a Master’s degree in Public Administration (M.P.A.), Master’s degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.); Ph.D. in Criminology, Criminal Justice, or Sociology; Juris Doctorate (J.D.); or other terminal degree in a related field.
  • 10-plus years of law enforcement experience.
  • Potential to teach courses in the areas of federal law enforcement, policing, criminal court processes, corrections, or criminal investigations.
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.  Sponsorship is not available for this position.


  • Experience teaching at the university level and/or training law enforcement officers.
  • Expertise in federal law enforcement and/or tribal law enforcement and/or policing and/or criminal court processes and/or corrections and/or criminal investigations.
  • Expertise in intelligence and security supporting law enforcement and/or experience with federal crimes.
  • Potential to develop additional courses related to area(s) of professional expertise.


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 School of Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies, established as of July 1, 2021, is committed to providing a supportive and dynamic teaching and research environment that equips and inspires faculty and students to learn, create, and apply knowledge in Psychology, Sociology, and Rural Studies. Our academic programs include undergraduate majors in Criminology, Psychology, Sociology, and a Masters in Community Development. Our minors provide study in Criminal Justice, Mental Health Services, Psychology, Social and Human Services, Sociology, and Youth and Community work. Teaching specializations are available in both Psychology and Sociology.

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 January 5, 2024.


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, a statement on teaching philosophy, limit of no more than three pages (attached as other), and a reference page with the contact information for three 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. Patricia Ahmed, Search Committee Chair, at Patricia.Ahmed@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 identity, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, or any other status that may become protected in the offering of all educational programs and employment. 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.  Phone: (605) 688-4128.