Professional Academic Advisor

Posting Details

Posting Details

Institution South Dakota State University
Working Title Professional Academic Advisor
Posting Number NFE00121P
Department SDSU-Communication Studies
Physical Location of Position (City) Brookings
Posting Text

The School of Communication and Journalism at South Dakota State University seeks a dynamic, self-guided individual to serve as a Professional Academic Advisor to undergraduate students. The advisor will work with students in Advertising, Agricultural Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, and Communication Studies. The advisor will reside within the school and report to the Director of the School of Communication and Journalism.

The advisor will assist the school and the college in recruiting and advising students, career preparation, and other projects and tasks that enhance the undergraduate experience. These tasks may include internships, student organizations, competitions, scholarships, workshops and seminars with industry leaders. The advisor may also teach an undergraduate course for students in the school in future academic years.

Candidates must have a Master’s degree in a discipline represented by the School of Communication and Journalism or in Education, Counseling, or a related field, plus one to three years of experience related to student advising, student affairs, and/or classroom instruction. The successful candidate must also be able to teach introductory courses and demonstrate effective written communication skills, as well as verbal communication, and interpersonal skills. Must have a valid driver’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire.

Candidates would preferably have three to five years of experience in student advising and working with student electronic files and advising databases. Experience teaching undergraduate courses offered within the school.

The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The 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, resume, 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.

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, veterans, persons with disabilities, and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

Posting Date 02/13/2018
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 03/13/2018
Advertised Salary Commensurate with qualifications.
Duration of the Term 12 months
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Appointment Percent 100
Work Hours

Typical 40 hour work week with a few exceptions of weekend/evening work for recruitment events.

Typical Hours Worked Per Week
Appointment Type Regular
Faculty Status No
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
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This position requires Travel, Overnight stays, Weekends/Holidays, Valid Drivers License
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Department Description and Cultural Expectations

The school offers undergraduate majors in Advertising, Agricultural Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, and Communication Studies. Collectively, these programs enroll approximately 250 students. The College of Arts and Science is the largest college at SDSU with approximately 2,200 students and 150 faculty in numerous schools and departments. For more information about the college and its departments and programs, please go to

SDSU is a land grant institution and the state’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 12,500 students. The University is located in Brookings, South Dakota, a community of approximately 22,100 near the east central border of South Dakota on Interstate 29. The city has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible to major medical facilities, has an active cultural and social environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within driving distance. It is 50 miles north of Sioux Falls, a city of close to 150,000.

Affirmative Action Statement

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.

Diversity Statement

We are committed to diversity of community and ideas. We believe in a supportive, diverse, collaborative, and cohesive environment with a focus on access. We actively seek collaboration with individuals with differing perspectives, backgrounds, and areas of expertise.

Contact Information

For questions on the position, contact Andrea Carlile, Search Chair at (605) 688-6131 or

Supplemental Questions

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  1. Where did you hear about this position?
    • SDBOR Employment Site
    • List Serv
    • Website
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Newspaper
    • Black Doctoral Network
    • APLU
    • Linkedin
    • Other

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference List
Optional Documents