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Assistant Professor in Sociology

Department of Sociology and Rural Studies

South Dakota State University


The Department of Sociology and Rural Studies at South Dakota State University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor to begin fall 2016. We seek a colleague whose duties will include teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level, maintaining an active, independent research agenda that includes peer-reviewed publications and grant funding, and service to the department. The area of specialization is open; however we seek someone who complements our strengths in Environmental Sociology, Demography, and Rural and Community Development.



Classroom and on-line instruction at both undergraduate and graduate levels; undergraduate and graduate advising; research/scholarship; and service.   The maximum teaching load is three courses per semester.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • D. in Sociology or a related field completed by date of appointment;
  • Evidence of effective teaching skills;
  • Evidence of scholarship and grant writing;
  • Effective written communication skills;
  • Effective verbal communication and interpersonal skills.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Successful publication in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Advanced quantitative skills, multi-level modeling and/or GIS expertise in the context of sociological research;
  • Experience in on-line teaching;
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and perform research in one or more of the following areas: Environmental Sociology, Social Impact Assessment, Community Development, and Sociological Theory or Methods.



Competitive, commensurate with experience.


Application Deadline:

Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by

March 9, 2016.


Application Process:

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.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of:

Cover Letter

Personal Teaching Statement

Curriculum Vitae and

Contact information for three (3) professional references.

In addition to the online application, candidates are requested to have letters of recommendation from the three professional references mailed or emailed to the search committee chair prior to March 9, 2016. Additional documentation, including teaching evaluations (if available) and unofficial graduate transcripts may be requested at a later date. The electronic employment site must be used to apply. Standard mail or email application materials will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 or if you require assistance with the electronic application process.


SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations.


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 Questions about this position contact:

Search Chair Dr. Meredith Redlin, or (605) 688-4084

Department of Sociology & Rural Studies, SDSU

Scobey Hall, Box 504

Brookings, SD 57007-1296


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, Administration 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.

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