Assistant Professor of Geography
South Dakota State University 28 reviews - Brookings, SD

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The Department of Geography at South Dakota State University seeks applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 22, 2014, with a specialization in Geographic Information Science (GIS). The successful candidate will have expertise in applied GIS, web-based or mobile GIS, or modeling and demonstrated capabilities to apply geographical ideas and technologies to develop sustainable solutions that address complex local to global problems through innovative teaching, research, scholarship, and service. Skills in GIS programming and customization are desired. The successful candidate will develop the department's GIS program, undertake collaborative research within the department and university, engage in GISc at the national level, and develop an independent, externally-funded research program. The Department of Geography has several new junior faculty members and this hire is expected to complement dynamic and evolving programs consisting of B.S. degrees in Geography and GISc, an M.S. in Geography, and faculty supervision of PhD. students in the Geospatial Science and Engineering program.

Required qualifications also include a doctoral degree in geography by the time of appointment, the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, the desire to work with students in a growing program, and demonstrated research capabilities.

Position is open until filled, with full consideration given to applications received by October 17, 2013.

South Dakota State University (SDSU) is a Land Grant institution that offers many opportunities to work with scholars from Natural Resources Management (including wildlife and fisheries), Plant Sciences, Biology and Microbiology, and Modern Languages and Global Studies, the Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence, and the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS). SDSU is the state's largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 13,000 students. It is located in Brookings, South Dakota, a community of approximately 22,000 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 the Sioux Falls metropolitan area, which has a population of 230,000. In 2011, CNBC ranked South Dakota as the state with the 5th highest quality of life based on several factors, including local attractions, the crime rate, and health care, as well as air and water quality.

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 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. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with the electronic application process. Paper applications will not be accepted.

SDSU actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff. Women and persons underrepresented in higher education 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.

For questions on the position, contact the search chair, Robert Watrel at 605-688-6288 or

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Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University is the state's largest, most comprehensive institution. This fall SDSU topped its enrollment...