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South Dakota State University
Department of Construction & Operations Management
South Dakota
Posted: 10/31/2022
Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor

The Department of Construction and Operations Management at South Dakota State University seeks two outstanding individuals for tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor positions. We are looking for two creative and innovative professionals to join us in August 2023. These are 9-month, 100% time, benefit-eligible positions. These positions are supervised by the Head of the Construction & Operations Management Department. 

South Dakota State University (SDSU), located in Brookings, SD, promotes access to and provides opportunities for all to participate in education, research, and service. SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to its land-grant mission of access.


  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses. (construction surveying & lab, building systems modeling, cost estimating, planning & scheduling, structural analysis, applied mechanics, construction safety and building methods).
  • Conducting research in construction engineering & management and developing externally funded research programs.
  • Recruiting and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Establishing a strong collaboration with departmental faculty and performing multidisciplinary research.
  • Publishing the results of research in peer refereed archival journals.
  • Serving as an active member of the technical community and participate in relevant professional and technical society activities.
  • Providing leadership and service to the Department, College, and University.
  • Pursuing scholarly, technology, and professional activities that will keep him/her at the leading edge of his/her field.
  • Other duties assigned by the Department Head.


  • Ph.D. degree in construction management, construction engineering, civil engineering, project management or a closely related field completed by the first day of employment.
  • High-quality research and teaching potential.
  • Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.


  • Background in or understanding of two or more of the following areas: building information modeling, cost estimating, planning & scheduling, structural analysis, applied mechanics, construction surveying & lab, construction safety and building methods.
  • Relevant domestic construction related experience or knowledge of regional construction industry practices.
  • Membership or ability to become a member in relevant professional organizations.
  • Familiarity with or understanding of Revit, SAGE, Relevant Estimating Software AutoDesk Navisworks, P6 and MS Project software.
  • Ability to protect and publish innovative products through patents, trademark, copyrights, and other forms of intellectual property.


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 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 Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering is one of eight colleges within South Dakota State University. The College has a rich history of success in fulfilling its land-grant mission in teaching, research, and outreach and is made up of six departments: agricultural and biosystems engineering, civil and environmental engineering, construction and operations management, electrical engineering and computer science, mathematics and statistics, and mechanical engineering. The College was officially named the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering in June 2013 to honor Mr. Lohr’s profound role in transforming the College as a donor, fundraiser and advocate. The vision of the College is to be a nationally recognized, regionally relevant, student-centered, and accessible land-grant college, and achieve the university’s mission of providing a rigorous, practical education oriented toward problem-solving, conducting world-class regionally relevant research, and providing technical assistance to existing and emerging business, industry and government. 

The BS program in construction management is ABET accredited and is currently enjoying new and renovated facilities and strong ties to its regional constituents. The CM program within the Construction & Operations Management Department currently enrolls approximately 160 students. The COM department has 12 full-time faculty and a total enrollment of over 300 students in its two associate degree programs, four undergraduate degree programs and two graduate programs. 

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.


The position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by January 3, 2023.


South Dakota State University accepts applications through an online 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 a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, Curriculum Vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy (attached as other) with a page limit of 3, a statement of research interests (attached as work sample) with a page limit of 4 including referred bibliography, 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. 

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. Janet Merriman at (605) 688-4018 or

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 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.