Assistant Professor of Sociology

Posting Details

Posting Details

Institution South Dakota State University
Working Title Assistant Professor of Sociology
Posting Number F00018P
Department SDSU-Sociology & Rural Studies
Physical Location of Position (City) Brookings
Posting Text

The Department of Sociology & Rural Studies invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin August 2018. We are seeking a colleague whose duties will include teaching policing and criminal justice courses, maintaining an active, independent research agenda that includes peer-reviewed publications, grant activity, and service to the department. The maximum teaching load is three courses per semester.

The Department of Sociology and Rural Studies is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff and students and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experience in these areas. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and minorities are encouraged to apply.

• Teach courses in undergrad Criminal Justice program. The successful applicant will teach courses in Policing, Juvenile Justice, and/or Social Justice.
• Teach courses in graduate sociology program. Courses may include Quantitative Analysis, Spatial Analysis and/or Social Justice.
• Undergraduate and graduate advising.
• Research/scholarship.
• Service.

• By the date of appointment, the candidate must have earned a PhD in Criminology, Criminal Justice, or Sociology.
• Demonstrated record of teaching Criminal Justice courses, especially Policing related.
• Demonstrated record of, or strong potential for conducting research and ability to facilitate research projects.
• Effective written and verbal communication skills.
• Effective interpersonal skills.

• Demonstrated grant experience.
• Publication history
• Ability to advise Masters and PhD students on theses and dissertations.
• Ability to contribute to both the undergraduate and graduate programs in the department.
• Quantitative analysis or spatial analysis skills.

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 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.

Posting Date 10/11/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 12/08/2017
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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Typical Hours Worked Per Week 45
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 Morril 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. Approximately 55% of SDSU students are residents of South Dakota, 37% from other states, and 8% from other countries. There are ongoing efforts to bring a greater global perspective to the campus to increase diversity. The work of the university is carried out on a resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state.

From its roots as a land grant university established in Brookings, South Dakota in 1881, SDSU today is a vibrant, complex Carnegie Research University – High Intensity institution. It competes in Division I Athletics, is a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, and participates in the Summit League for most other sports.

With exceptional alumni, community, and Foundation support for student scholarships, as well as all aspects of campus life, SDSU is the center of life in Brookings, a friendly, economically-healthy community of nearly 22,591 residents on the Eastern border of the state. The city has an excellent K-12 educational system. During a campus visit, a tour of the education systems and visit with school administrators may be arranged. The city is also accessible to major medical facilities, has an active social and cultural environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within an easy commute. Sioux Falls, a city of approximately 150,000 persons, is 55 miles to the south. Brookings is also located about 200 miles west of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, a metropolitan area with major design and art centers such as International Market Square, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Walker Art Center, and Weisman Art Museum.

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 Julie Yingling at 605-688-4132 or

Supplemental Questions

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  1. Where did you hear about this position?
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    • Website
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Newspaper
    • Black Doctoral Network
    • APLU
    • Linkedin
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Documents Needed to Apply

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