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The Ness School of Management and Economics at South Dakota State University invites applications for two Assistant Professors of Accounting. These are full-time, benefits-eligible, tenure-track, nine-month appointments, with the possibility of supplemental summer teaching. The Assistant Professor(s) will teach courses supporting the Business Economics, Agricultural Business, and Entrepreneurial Studies programs, as well as teaching principles courses that serve other programs across campus. These positions report to the Director of the Ness School of Management and Economics.  One position has a desired start date in January 2021 or is open until filled; the other position begins in August 2021. 

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.


Teach 5-6 undergraduate courses or sections each academic year including principles of accounting I and II, intermediate accounting and upper level courses that contribute to the minor in Accounting.  Courses will be taught on the Brookings campus and online.
Develop graduate courses in support of the Business Economics option of the master’s program.
The successful applicant will be expected to mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
Establish an applied research program leading to publication.
Participate in general departmental and university service activities.


PhD in Accounting or equivalent by start date.
Potential to produce publishable applied accounting research.
Ability to teach accounting.
Evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Effective written communication skills.


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.

The Ness School of Management and Economics ( offers Bachelor’s degrees with majors in Business Economics, Agricultural Business, Entrepreneurial Studies, Economics, and Economics with an Agricultural Economics specialization through the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The faculty of approximately 30 members and 3 extension field specialists comprises disciplinary qualifications in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Finance, Accounting, Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurial Studies, and Law. The Ness School offers a broad spectrum of courses in these areas, and hosts about 750 students in undergraduate majors and 30 graduate students. A Master’s degree offers students two different paths: a traditional research-based theory track or a business and industry oriented non-thesis track. School graduates hold key leadership and management positions across the northern Great Plains and Midwest in banking, investment and venture capital firms, processing and manufacturing, energy and bioenergy, and food and agribusiness management, and are leaders among the innovation and entrepreneurship community.

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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by December 28, 2020. 


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, please contact:  Dr. Zhiguang Wang, Professor, Ness School of Management and Economics:; 605-688-4861,
Dr. Eluned Jones, Director, Ness School of Management and Economics:; 605-688-4880.

Mailing Address: Ness School of Management and Economics, Box 2220, Harding Hall, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57007.

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.

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