• Full Time
  • Brookings
  • February 5, 2021

Website South Dakota State University

The Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department (VBSD) in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) at South Dakota State University (SDSU) invites applications to apply for several 9-month, tenure-track Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor positions in the new PPVM program. Certain positions may be offered as 12-month appointments. All positions are full-time, benefit-eligible, and are supervised by the department heads in the disciplinary areas in which each candidate is hired.  Desired start date is June 2021 with teaching responsibilities to begin August 2021.

The successful candidate is expected to teach approximately 50 percent or greater time within the new PPVM. This program will encompass the first two years of a veterinary curriculum whereby each year a cohort of 20 students will begin the professional curriculum and complete the first two years of Veterinary School at SDSU, and then finish their final two years of the DVM degree requirements at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Teaching ability is expected in at least two to three areas of basic sciences and early veterinary clinical sciences.

For these positions, the program is seeking faculty with the ability to teach in the following areas: clinical and/or anatomic pathology, veterinary anatomy and microscopic anatomy (histology), systemic (integrated) physiology, endocrinology and reproduction, genetics and genomics, biochemistry (cell and molecular biology), veterinary imaging, companion and food animal medicine and surgery, veterinary and public health agents of disease (bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology), veterinary dermatology, veterinary pharmacology and toxicology, preventative medicine, clinical skills, diagnostic lab techniques, clinical epidemiology and research methods, public health, or closely related disciplines.

Some positions such as in reproductive physiology and genetics (depending on the extent of the expertise and species alignment) could be established within the SDSU Animal Science Department, Dairy and Food Science Department, Biology/Microbiology Department (in the College of Natural Sciences), or other aligned department. Depending on the candidate’s expertise, between 20 and 50 percent of the appointment could include establishing an extramurally funded research program and/or contributions to enhance the diagnostic services of the South Dakota Animal Disease Research & Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL). The research program should complement basic or clinical veterinary sciences, and/or the college’s focus on One-Health or production agriculture involving the human-animal-environmental health triad within their home department. This cluster hire provides the opportunity to collaborate with new and existing faculty members.

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 primary responsibility for each of these positions is to teach in the Professional DVM degree program in at least two to three areas of expertise and coordinate the course content to achieve the same learning objectives as the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine’s first two years’ curriculum. Some pre-veterinary undergraduate teaching may also be possible. In addition, each candidate will be expected to establish an extramurally funded research program in their home department and/or contribute their expertise to the development or enhancement of current diagnostic services of the South Dakota Animal Disease Research & Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL). Research programs could incorporate concepts of One-Health involving the human-animal-environmental health triad, complement basic or clinical veterinary sciences, or address production agriculture in their area of expertise and be applicable to South Dakota and other current stakeholders.


Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Veterinary Science, Biomedical or Life Sciences, Animal or Dairy Science, or related field; or D.V.M. with additional M.S. or equivalent degree in Veterinary Science, Biomedical or Life Sciences, Animal or Dairy Science, or related field is required by the start date.
Ability to teach professional, graduate, and/or undergraduate students.
Ability to develop a strong and active research program that is aligned with the needs of assigned department.
Scientific knowledge in One Health, production animal agriculture, or related area.
Effective interpersonal skills, strong written and oral communication skills, and organizational capabilities.


Research experience in the One Health field, basic or clinical veterinary sciences, production animal agriculture, or related area.
Ability to write successful extramural grants.
Potential for publications in refereed journals, presentations at scientific meetings, and an active research portfolio.
Ability to work in a clinical setting.
Associate or Full Professor status may be considered if the candidate has demonstrated the ability to lead a strong extramurally funded research program.


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.


Ranked as the No. 2 best place to work in South Dakota by Forbes, 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.

CAFES and the VBSD have well-equipped research laboratories, along with a functional genomics core facility and an animal resource wing. In addition, the VBSD administrates the ADRDL, which is a full-service animal diagnostic lab, accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD). The ADRDL is also a member of the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN), FDA GenomeTrakr, FDA National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), FDA Veterinary Laboratory Investigation Response Network (VET LIRN) and the USDA National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN). The ADRDL includes Food Safety, Molecular Diagnostics, DNA Sequencing, Virology, Bacteriology, Clinical Pathology, Histopathology, Parasitology and Serology Laboratory Sections. Other units within the college include the Swine Education and Research Facility, Cow-Calf Education and Research Facility, Ruminant Nutrition Center, Sheep Research and Teaching Unit, and Equine Teaching Facility, all under the Department of Animal Science, and the Dairy Research and Teaching Facility of the Dairy and Food Science Department.

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. Livability.com 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 February 5, 2021.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, 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 the following:

A Cover Letter which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement;  
Curriculum Vitae;
Statement of academic interest (5MB maximum) including a description of your professional experiences and expertise, and how those align with course disciplines within the professional program (attached as ‘portfolio,’ a document with an online link to a PDF or website is an acceptable substitute);
A reference page with the contact information for three professional or academic references who can speak thoroughly to the candidate’s qualities relative to the qualifications of this advertisement delivered with appropriate contact information (name, position, phone number, mailing and email address), and;
Statement of research and/or diagnostic service interest (5MB) including a description of your professional experiences and expertise, and how those align with research and/or diagnostic disciplines referenced in the advertisement (attached as ‘other,’ a document with an online link to a PDF or website is an acceptable substitute).

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 Dr. Gary Gackstetter, Search Chair, at Gary.Gackstetter@sdstate.edu or (605) 688-5171.

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 HR@sdstate.edu. 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.

To apply for this job please visit yourfuture.sdbor.edu.