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The South Dakota State University Department of Architecture (SDSU DoArch) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin August 2016. Responsibilities include teaching courses within the professional and pre-professional curriculum, pursuing scholarly research related to the discipline, and serving the department as it establishes its standing as a new program. Teaching responsibilities will include design studio, lectures, seminars and workshops within the established media, technology, history and professional practice sequences. New faculty are expected to be self-motivated, willing to act in advisory and leadership roles within the department, and to work in the array of roles especially needed for a small student and faculty count. SDSU actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


SDSU is a thriving 130 year old land-grant university with a focus on science and the humanities in a “hands-on” culture that emphasizes “learning by doing”.  Located in Brookings, a nurturing and charming college town north of Sioux Falls and west of Minneapolis, SDSU is set in a rich fabric of small cities eager to embrace innovative and smart design practices.


In 2010, DoArch was launched as the first new architecture program on the Great Plains in a century.  In its first six years the department has established a notable record of engaging regional towns, institutions, and cities as ready and untapped urban laboratories.  In 2015, programs in Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Graphic Design, Architecture, and Studio Arts were brought together to form a new School of Design (SoD) and DoArch moved into a new building with offices, design studios and a 13,000sf workshop outfitted with state of the art manual and CNC fabrication, construction, and manufacturing tools.


DoArch has a unique mandate to remain a small program of no more than 220.  DoArch has already grown to 140 students and 6 faculty. The department offers an NAAB professional accreditation candidate Master of Architecture (M-Arch) degree and a pre-professional 4 year Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture (BFA-Arch) degree.  Students matriculate through the M-Arch degree on both a first architecture degree 3+ year path and in a 4+2 formatted path. The professional program looks forward to its final NAAB candidacy visit in fall 2016 and intends to hold full accreditation in 2017.



  • Professional degree in Architecture.
  • Professional experience in architecture or a related field.
  • Research agenda appropriate to a professional program in architecture.
  • Teaching agenda appropriate to a professional program in architecture.
  • Experience teaching in an academic design studio.
  • Expertise in building systems, building design, project representation, professional methods, and/or construction technologies.
  • Record of service within the discipline.
  • Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.



  • Post-professional degree in Architecture.
  • NCARB or CACB certification.
  • Evidence in teaching that supports individual research or scholarship.
  • LEED certification or other evidence of practice grounded in sustainable design.
  • Peer-reviewed scholarship, grantsmanship, and/or awards.



Full standard benefits. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.



Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by May 4, 2016.



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 posting.” The system guides you through the electronic application form. The employment site will require the attachment of:


1) Cover letter;

2) Statement of interest including a description of your academic and professional ability as it applies to the program;

3) Curriculum vitae;

4) Three professional or academic references with appropriate contact information (name, position, phone, mailing and email address); and

5) Portfolio which should be a PDF of no more than 25 single pages and a maximum file size of 15MB which includes:

  1. a) Professional, academic and/or research materials,
  2. b) Work by students taught in an academic setting.


All documents must be uploaded directly to the employment website or a linking URL can be uploaded in place of the document in the on-line application process.  Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 or if you require assistance with the electronic application 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.


For inquiries regarding DoArch and the advertised faculty position, contact Charles MacBride, search committee chair:

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