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South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD, United States
5 days ago
South Dakota State University
Brookings, South Dakota, United States
5 days ago


The School of Health and Consumer Sciences (HCS) in the College of Education and Human Sciences is inviting applications for a 9-month, full-time, benefit-eligible, term position with rank of Instructor in Consumer Affairs. This position is supervised by the Director of the School of Health and Consumer Sciences.  Appointment date is no later than January 2022.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that 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.

The role of this faculty member will be to teach courses in the undergraduate programs in Consumer Affairs. The School offers a Bachelor’s degree in Consumer Affairs with specializations in Family Financial Management and Consumer Services Management.

Consumer Affairs faculty are also involved in delivery of a Master’s degree in Family Financial Planning, a degree program that is part of the Great Plain’s IDEA (Interactive Distance Education Alliance). For more information about this innovative, inter- institutional degree, see http://www.gpidea.orgSDSU typically teaches one or two courses in the program each year and has about 10-12 students in the program at any given time.


  • Teaching: Standard teaching load in Consumer Affairs with assignments through the various levels and types of courses offered in the program. Provide leadership in curriculum development, assessment, and student recruitment and retention.
  • Service: Serve on committees in the university, college, and department and provide service to the profession, industry, and the region.


  • Sponsorship is not available for this position, must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Master’s degree, with at least one degree in Consumer Affairs, Consumer Studies, Consumer Sciences, Consumer Economics, Family Resource Management, or closely related field is required by start date.
  • Effective organizational skills.
  • Effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.


  • Doctoral degree in Consumer Affairs or related field.
  • Broad background in Consumer Affairs.
  • Expertise to teach in a range of areas across the four years of the curriculum.
  • Proven record of excellence in scholarship.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to and participate actively in the program.
  • Participation in relevant professional organizations.


Commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave.  Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

The School of Health and Consumer Sciences consists of undergraduate and graduate programs in Athletic Training, Community and Public Health, Exercise Science, Physical Education Teacher Education, Sports and Recreation Management, Nutrition and Dietetics, Aviation Education, Consumer Affairs, Fashion Studies and Apparel Merchandising, and Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations. The department serves approximately 650 undergraduate majors, 100 graduate majors and 35 faculty/staff.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by October 1, 2021. 


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 job.”  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 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, successful completion of a criminal background check.  

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. 

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

For questions on the position, contact Search Chair, Kathryn Morrison at 605-688-5932 or

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 status that may become protected 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.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 57778010
  • Location:
    Brookings, South Dakota, United States
  • Position Title: Instructor of Consumer Affairs
  • Company Name: South Dakota State University
  • Industry: Consumer Affairs and Education
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Master's Degree
  • Required Travel: None
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