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South Dakota State University
School of Education, Counseling & Human Development
Posted: 2023-10-18 14:24:54
Instructor in Teacher Education

The School of Education, Counseling, and Human Development at South Dakota State University (SDSU) is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time, benefit-eligible, 9-month position with the rank of Instructor in Teacher Education. As an Instructor in the Teacher Education program, this individual will work collaboratively with other faculty and support the student-success mission of the program, department, college, and university. This dynamic individual will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in Teacher Education, with a particular emphasis on mentoring teacher candidates in their residency/student teaching placements. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success in grades K-12 classrooms by developing and using highly effective teaching strategies to positively support students. The start date is January 22, 2024. The position is supervised by the Director of the School of Education, Counseling, and Human 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, mentor, and coach undergraduates enrolled in the K-12 teacher preparation program.
  • Supervise teacher candidates in field placements that may include practicum and student teaching/residency experiences in Brookings and regional school districts.
  • Assist the Field Placement Coordinator in all responsibilities of the Field Placement Office. Duties may include record keeping, data analysis, contacts with students and school partners, intervention, and professional development.
  • Plan, organize, and design instructional materials to meet course objectives and program needs.
  • Participate in curriculum development and revision.
  • Participate in departmental recruiting and retention activities.
  • Participate in a variety of discipline, departmental, college/school-wide, and campus programs and general service activities.
  • Foster a safe environment that respects the variety of people and ideas by modeling respect for all students and conveying confidence in every student’s ability to learn.
  • Contribute and promote collaboration in academic, school districts, and professional communities

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.


  • Master’s Degree in Education by the position start date.
  • Minimum of three years of experience teaching in K-12 schools.
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching.
  • Evidence of excellence in coaching or mentoring K-12 educators.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues within and across disciplines.
  • Experience working with and enriching heterogenous populations of students.
  • Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States.  Sponsorship is not available for this position.


  • Experience teaching educator preparation courses in a college setting.
  • Experience with field placement experiences in an educator preparation program.
  • Experience in curriculum planning and course development.


Teacher Education and Educational Administration programs are 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.

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.

Learn more about Brookings by visiting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8OnH5eIgQ&feature=youtu.be.

Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by November 6, 2023.


SDSU 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, and reference page with the contact information for three professional references.  Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 or HR@sdstate.edu 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 Melissa Granum at Melissa.Granum@sdstate.edu or 605-688-5789.

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.