Job Information

  • Overview:

    The School of Design within the College of Arts & Sciences at South Dakota State University invites applications for the position of Director and Associate or Full Professor. The director of the school will work collaboratively with faculty to provide visionary leadership for the unit; to enhance the overall quality of teaching, research and service; and to work effectively with university administrators, the dean of the college, and the rest of the college’s leadership team. This is a twelve-month, non-unit, full-time administrative position.

    Formed in 2015, the School of Design represents the leading edge of a revitalization of the liberal arts at South Dakota State University, fostering a collaborative teaching and research environment that values cross-program and interdisciplinary initiatives. Its faculty and students collectively believe that the difference is design. The school grants the BFA in graphic design, studio art, interior design, architecture, and art education, the BLA in landscape architecture, and the MArch in Architecture. These programs combine for approximately 400 undergraduate students and 20 students pursuing the Master of Architecture degree. The school employs 27 full-time faculty members, a full-time professional advisor assigned to the school, and three full-time staff members. All programs are either currently accredited or are seeking accreditation by their national accrediting body.

    Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by January 31, 2017.

    For questions on the position, contact Dr. Jason Zimmerman at (605) 688-4723 or

    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 documents:
    1) a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement;
    2) a curriculum vitae;
    3) a reference page with the contact information for three professional references, and
    4) a portfolio in PDF format featuring professional and student work or a URL link to an online portfolio (20 slides/pages maximum).

    Additional materials may be requested from finalists. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with the electronic application process. Email applications will not be accepted.

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  • Position Reports To: Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Location: Brookings, SD
  • Starts On: Aug. 22, 2017, 8 a.m.

Job Requirements

  • Job Description:

    Responsibilities include planning, organizing, and managing all school resources, including fiscal resources, in a manner that advances the mission of the unit. The director will manage the curriculum and oversee accreditation efforts. The director will be expected to promote and represent the school’s programs through an active agenda of outreach. In addition to administrative responsibilities, the director will have limited but regular teaching duties, will be expected to maintain an appropriately active program of research and scholarship, and will serve the college, university, discipline, and community.

Company Information

  • South Dakota State University
    Box 2275A
    Brookings SD 57007
    United States of America

Contact Information

  • Dr. Jason Zimmerman
    Phone: (605) 688-4723
  • Contact Method:

    For questions on the position, contact Dr. Jason Zimmerman at (605) 688-4723 or