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South Dakota State University
Construction and Operations Management
South Dakota
Posted: 11/12/2020
The Beavers Charitable Trust (BCT) Professor of Practice in Heavy Construction

The Construction & Operations Management department at South Dakota State University invites applications for a newly established full-time BCT Professor of Practice in Heavy Construction for our Construction Management program starting August 2021. This is a 9-month, full-time, benefit-eligible position, and is supervised by the department head of Construction and Operations Management. The appointee must show potential to teach effectively and mentor undergraduate students on career opportunities in the heavy construction sector by fostering industry relationships that strengthen learning, placement and professional growth.

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 successful candidate will be expected to maintain a level of performance consistent with faculty standards at SDSU for teaching and advising, service and outreach to the profession. The Professor of Practice will cover heavy construction topics that include estimating, equipment & systems; and construction management topics in cost estimating, building systems, finance and/or risk management. Knowledge of contemporary project delivery methods including CM at Risk, Integrated Project Delivery and emerging PM models will be critical for maintaining our ABET accreditation as well as preparing our students for post-graduation careers.


· Sponsorship is not available for this position, must be eligible to work in the United States.

· Earned bachelors degree in construction management, engineering, engineering technology or closely related field.

· 10 years full-time construction industry employment with at least 5 years of experience on heavy construction projects using US standards.

· Knowledge of contemporary project delivery methods including CM at Risk, Integrated Project Delivery and emerging PM models.

· Must have valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and be willing to travel.

· Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.


· Graduate degree in construction, engineering, business administration, architecture, law or other relevant field;

· Professional licensure or construction-related certification;

· Demonstrated potential to teach effectively and/or mentor undergraduate students on careers in the heavy construction industry;

· Additional years of domestic construction industry experience.

SALARY: 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.


The Construction and Operations Management Department is one of five departments in the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering serving 1500 undergraduate and graduate students. The 13 faculty member COM Department serves 350 students in its undergraduate programs, which include Construction Management, Construction Technology, Operations Management, Electronics Technology and graduate programs in Operations Management and Engineering.

The Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering has benefitted from substantial investment by its stakeholders in the past 15 years resulting in new buildings, state-of-the-art teaching and research labs, and renovated classrooms. The five academic units are Civil & Environmental Engineering, Construction & Operations Management, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Mathematics & Statistics, and Mechanical Engineering. Engineering Extension, SD LTAP, the EDA University Center, Image Processing Lab provide outreach and services to the state and region.


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.

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.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by January 19, 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 a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, Curriculum Vitae, 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, 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 search chair Janet Merriman at or 605-688-6417.

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 disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class 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.