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South Dakota State University
Professional (DVM) Program in Veterinary Medicine
South Dakota
Posted: 07/13/2021
Temporary, Part-Time Faculty

The Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department (VBSD) in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) at South Dakota State University (SDSU) invites applications to apply for several part-time, temporary, non-tenure track faculty opportunities to teach up to 48% time in the PPVM program. Positions are supervised by the department head of the Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences Department. Teaching responsibilities begin August 2021 and temporary appointments thereafter will be on a semester-by-semester basis, depending on program needs and enrollment.

The successful candidate is expected to teach specific lectures or laboratories within the PPVM which includes the first two years’ curriculum of the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at the University of Minnesota (UMN). The PPVM encompasses the first two years of a veterinary curriculum whereby each year a cohort of 20 students will begin the professional curriculum and complete the first two years of Veterinary School at SDSU, and then finish their final two years of the DVM degree requirements at the UMN CVM. Lectures and/or laboratory teaching are expected to include the outcomes and objectives required for the UMN CVM first 2 years’ curriculum.

For these positions, the program is seeking faculty with the ability to teach specific lectures and/or labs within any of the following areas: clinical and/or anatomic pathology, veterinary anatomy and microscopic anatomy (histology), systemic (integrated) physiology, endocrinology and reproduction, genetics and genomics, biochemistry (cell and molecular biology), veterinary imaging, companion and food animal medicine and surgery, veterinary and public health agents of disease (bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology), veterinary dermatology, veterinary pharmacology and toxicology, preventative medicine, clinical skills, diagnostic lab techniques, clinical epidemiology and research methods, public health, or closely related disciplines.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


The primary responsibility for each of these positions is to teach some lectures and/or laboratories in the Professional DVM degree program in a 1 or more specific areas of expertise within the first 2 years of the DVM curriculum while achieving the same learning objectives as the UMN CVM’s first two years’ curriculum.


-  Sponsorship is not available, must be authorized to work in the United States.

-  Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Veterinary Science, Biomedical or Life Sciences, Animal or Dairy Science, or related field; or D.V.M. from an educational institution accredited by the American Veterinary Association Council of Education.

-  Ability to teach professional, graduate students.

-  Essential skills in teaching, including the assessment of student learning outcomes.

-  Effective interpersonal skills, strong written and oral communication skills, and organizational capabilities.


  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness in a collegiate classroom environment or professional veterinary school.
  • DVM with Board Certification and/or advanced degrees in relevant areas of the PPVM teaching program.


Commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

SDSU 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, and excellence through continuous improvement.

CAFES and the VBSD have well-equipped research laboratories, along with a functional genomics core facility and an animal resource wing. In addition, the VBSD administrates the ADRDL, which is a full-service animal diagnostic lab, accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD). The ADRDL is also a member of the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN), FDA GenomeTrakr, FDA National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), FDA Veterinary Laboratory Investigation Response Network (VET LIRN) and the USDA National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN). The ADRDL includes Food Safety, Molecular Diagnostics, DNA Sequencing, Virology, Bacteriology, Clinical Pathology, Histopathology, Parasitology and Serology Laboratory Sections. Other units within the college include the Swine Education and Research Facility, Cow-Calf Education and Research Facility, Ruminant Nutrition Center, Sheep Research and Teaching Unit, and Equine Teaching Facility, all under the Department of Animal Science, and the Dairy Research and Teaching Facility of the Dairy and Food Science Department.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the 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.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

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. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees. It considers Brookings 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.


Positions are open until filled and dependent on the specific expertise needed within a given course. Applications will be accepted on an on-going basis, with full consideration for applications received by July 30, 2021.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, 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 the following:

  1. A Cover Letter which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement;
  2. Curriculum Vitae;
  3. Statement of academic interest (5MB maximum) including a description of your professional experiences and expertise, and how those align with course disciplines within the professional program (attached as ‘portfolio,’ a document with an online link to a PDF or website is an acceptable substitute);
  4. A reference page with the contact information for three professional or academic references who can speak thoroughly to the candidate’s qualities relative to the qualifications of this advertisement delivered with appropriate contact information (name, position, phone number, mailing and email address).

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, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

It is the policy of the University 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. Gary Gackstetter, Search Chair and Director of the PPVM at or (605) 688-5171.

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with 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. 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.