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Assistant Professor of Journalism

Posting Details

Posting Details

Institution South Dakota State University
Working Title Assistant Professor of Journalism
Posting Number F00116P
Department SDSU-Journalism & Mass Communications
Physical Location of Position (City) Brookings
Posting Text

The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at South Dakota State University invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure track appointment as an Assistant Professor. SDSU is especially interested in candidates who 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.

We seek candidates qualified to teach undergraduate courses in the department’s majors (Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations), to teach graduate courses and advise students in the online Master in Mass Communication program, and to run the South Dakota High School Press Association.

The successful candidate will have:
• An earned Doctorate in Journalism and Mass Communication;
• Undergraduate and graduate teaching experience in Journalism and Mass Communication;
• Online teaching experience;
• An established record of research and publication;
• Scholastic journalism experience;
• Demonstrated effective written communication skills;
• Demonstrated effective oral communication and interpersonal relations skills.

Preference will be given to candidates who have relevant professional media experience.

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, a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

Posting Date 02/14/2018
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 03/07/2018
Advertised Salary Commensurate with qualifications.
Duration of the Term 9 months
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Appointment Percent 100
Tenure Status Tenure Track
Proposed Rank Assistant Professor
Work Hours
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Appointment Type Regular
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
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Department Description and Cultural Expectations

South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive higher education institution. As South Dakota’s Morrill Act land-grant university, SDSU had a fall 2016 enrollment of 12,613 students from all 50 states and 85 countries. Students choose from 73 majors, 36 specializations, 75 minors, 35 master’s degree programs, 15 Ph.D. programs, and two professional doctorates.

With approximately 200 undergraduate majors, 40 graduate students, and 11 full-time faculty, the ACEJMC-accredited Department of Journalism and Mass Communication offers majors in Advertising, Journalism, and Public Relations. In summer 2018, the department will become part of the School of Communication and Journalism.

From its roots as a land grant university established in 1881, SDSU today is a vibrant, complex Carnegie Research University – High Intensity institution that competes in Division I athletics.
SDSU is the center of life in Brookings, a community of 23,773 in eastern South Dakota. Brookings is a safe, family-friendly, vibrant, thriving community with many amenities you would find in a much larger city, but with a small-town feel.

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 Dr. Jessica Freeman at
or (605) 688-4171.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  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. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Reference List
Optional Documents