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South Dakota State University
School of Education, Counseling, and Human Development
Posted: 10/16/2023
Assistant Professor in Counseling

The School of Education, Counseling, and Human Development (ECHD) is seeking candidates for an Assistant Professor of Counseling at our main campus in Brookings, South Dakota with a start date of August 2024. This is full-time, benefit-eligible, nine-month, tenure-track position. Primary responsibilities include teaching, research, advising/mentorship of graduate students, and service. 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.

This position requires in-person teaching in Brookings, South Dakota.


  • Teach graduate courses in a CACREP-approved master’s level program including clinical courses such as Practicum and/or Internship.
  • Develop course curriculum for both in person learning as well as online and hybrid with integration of innovative technology to enhance curriculum and student learning objectives.
  • Engage in scholarly activity, creative achievement, and/or research with interest in clinical mental health counseling, college counseling and student affairs, marriage and counseling, school counseling or rehabilitation counseling
  • Sustained participation in professional activities, scholarly activities, and service to the profession.
  • Contribute to student growth and development through advising and assistance.
  • Engage in service to the university and community
  • Commitment to serving a heterogeneous student body by delivering a student-centered education and using approaches that support equitable outcomes for all students.
  • Support college and school initiatives.

Commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with over $60 million annual research expenditures, more than 200 academic programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. We offer a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusions and access.  The university is part of a dynamic community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees, which offers an abundance of attractions and activities.  South Dakota State University offers a wide range of excellent 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.


  • Earned doctorate from a CACREP-accredited Counselor Education program by August 2023 or an equivalent doctorate plus one year full-time in a CACREP accredited counseling program prior to the 2012-2013 school year;
  • Eligibility for licensure and/or certification in the state of South Dakota.
  • Knowledge of CACREP standards.
  • Effective interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to teach in university settings (on-campus and online).
  • Potential for scholarly activity, publication, and success in obtaining external funding to support research activity.
  • Clinical supervision skills at the graduate level.
  • Actively identify with the counseling profession through sustained memberships in counseling organizations.
  • Maintain certifications and/or licenses pertinent to the counseling specialty area(s).
  • Evidence of sustained professional engagement through at least two of the following: (i) Sustained professional development and renewal activities related to counseling, (ii) professional service and advocacy in counseling, (iii) ongoing counseling practice, or (iv) research and scholarly activity in counseling.


  • Experience with online course development and integration of innovative technology to enhance curriculum.
  • Experience working within rural and frontier communities.

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. The Counseling program is located in the College of Education and Human Sciences. The College houses 15 majors and 22 minors and serves roughly 2,200 students each year.

South Dakota State University is located in Brookings, a beautiful college town of about 24,000 residents. Brookings is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls, 4.5 hours west of Minneapolis, 3 hours south of Fargo, and 3 hours north of Omaha. 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 ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. 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 13, 2023.

SDSU accepts applications through an on-line 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, Research Statement (3 page maximum, attached as work sample), Teaching Statement (3 page maximum, 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 contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to 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. Katelyn Romsa at Katelyn.Romsa@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.