Founding Director - School of Communication and Journalism and Associate/Full Professor

Posting Details

Posting Details

Institution South Dakota State University
Working Title Founding Director - School of Communication and Journalism and Associate/Full Professor
Posting Number F00008P
Department SDSU-Journalism & Mass Communications
Physical Location of Position (City) Brookings
Posting Text

South Dakota State University seeks a visionary leader to serve as Founding Director of the newly integrated School of Communication and Journalism, beginning with the 2018-19 academic year, pending final approval of the South Dakota Board of Regents. Start date approximately July 1, 2018.

The ideal applicant will possess strong leadership skills, conducive to the position’s requirements to serve as a community builder and to provide a dynamic vision for the foundation of the school. The Founding Director will oversee approximately 25 faculty and staff in a school that serves 300 undergraduate and graduate students in Communication Studies, Journalism, Advertising, and Public Relations. Applicants should discuss in their cover letter a proposed vision for how to successfully integrate two existing departments — Communication Studies and Journalism and Mass Communications — into one exemplary school.

The Founding Director will be expected to teach based on his or her expertise and needs within the school.

• A Ph.D. or equivalent in Communication Studies, Mass Communications or closely related discipline and a strong record of teaching and scholarship commensurate with appointment as a tenured faculty member as Professor or Associate Professor.
• Demonstrated experience in administrative work (such as a Department Chair, Director of Undergraduate or Graduate Studies, etc.).
• Demonstrated ability as a vibrant, visionary leader who seeks to build community with both internal and external communities.
• Exemplary oral and written communications abilities as expected from an academic leader in the chosen discipline.

• Prior experience with ACEJMC or similar accreditation.
• Prior experience in an integrated school or department.
• Prior experience with budget management, student recruitment and retention, class scheduling, facilitating faculty meetings, developing and enforcing policies and procedures, alumni programming, fund-raising, grant writing, and promoting diversity and inclusion.

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; curriculum vitae; and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email or paper applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 or if you require assistance with the electronic application process.

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.

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.

Posting Date 10/04/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 11/13/2017
Advertised Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Duration of the Term 12 months
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Appointment Percent 100
Tenure Status Tenured
Proposed Rank Associate 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

SDSU is a land grant institution and the state’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of more than 12,000 students.

SDSU 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 with a population approaching 180,000 people.

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
Contact Information

For questions on the position, contact search chair Bob Otterson, Assistant to the Dean, at or (605) 688-4723.

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