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Instructor of Apparel Merchandising
South Dakota State University
College of Education and Human Sciences
Department of Consumer Sciences

The Apparel Merchandising Program seeks to fill a nine-month academic appointment through an open search for all qualified and interested candidates. SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations.

Teaching: Standard teaching load in Apparel Merchandising with assignments through the various levels and types of courses offered in the program. Provide leadership in curriculum development, assessment efforts, and student recruitment and retention.
Service: Serve on committees in the university, the college, and the department and provide service to the profession, the industry, and the region.

The position offers a collegial and supportive work environment, small class sizes, a high quality of work life, and highly competitive compensation in the region.

•    Master’s degree completed by first date of employment.
•    At least one degree in Apparel Merchandising or closely related field.
•    Effective written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills are required.

•    Broad background in Apparel Merchandising.
•    Expertise to teach in a range of areas across the four years of the curriculum.
•    Demonstrated ability to contribute to and participate actively in the program.
•    Participation in relevant professional organizations.
•    Proven record of teaching and assessment.


South Dakota State University (SDSU) is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university. As South Dakota’s Morrill Act land-grant university, SDSU had a fall 2016 enrollment of approximately 13,000 students from all 50 states and 79 countries. Approximately 67 percent of SDSU students are residents of South Dakota, 29 percent are from other states and 4 percent from other countries. The University provides a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement.

The American Association of University Professors categorizes SDSU as a Category 1 or doctoral-level institution. The University is designated as research high in the Carnegie Classifications.

The University has been designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and its Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity is a major resource for the economic development needs of the state.

Over the last five years, university research has yielded 245 invention disclosures, 65 patents filed, 9 patents issued and 35 license agreements executed through the Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization, resulting in more than $10 million in license revenue.

SDSU Extension, with eight Regional Extension Centers across the state, is South Dakota’s source for objective, vetted, and relevant new knowledge generated through research. Extension’s online learning portal,, served nearly 600,000 users with more than 925,000 page views last year. To read more, visit:

The Department of Consumer Sciences is one of the four departments in the College of Education and Human Sciences, with undergraduate major programs in Consumer Affairs, Hospitality Management, Aviation, Apparel Merchandising, and minors in Leadership and Leadership and Management of Nonprofit organizations (LMNO), and Master’s programs in Financial Planning and Merchandising.

The Apparel Merchandising program at SDSU is an integral part of the Department of Consumer Sciences in the College of Education and Human Sciences. This program consists of approximately 75 undergraduate students, and when fully staffed, will have two campus-based instructors in the program. The Apparel Merchandising program has an intimate faculty-to-student ratio that attracts strong, bright, and engaged students predominantly from agrarian communities across South Dakota and Western Minnesota. Over the last few years, the program has built a positive reputation in the region for professionally focused Apparel Merchandising students and our graduates are integral parts of successful apparel-related industries across the nation.

Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by June 15, 2016.

To apply, visit, search for the position, and follow the electronic 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.”  The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of four attachments in .doc or .PDF format:

•    Cover letter
•    Curriculum Vitae
•    Brief statement of teaching philosophy (attached as ‘other document’)
•    Three professional references each with telephone, email, and mailing addresses.

Email applications will not be accepted.  Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 or 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, a criminal background check.

For questions about this position contact Search Committee Chair, Dr. Nancy Lyons at (605) 688-4001 or


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