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The Department of Construction and Operations Management at South Dakota State University (SDSU)seeks applicants for the position of Department Head and Assistant Dean for Academics for the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering (JJLCOE).  SDSU seeks an innovative leader to serve as Head of the Construction and Operations Management (COM) department to advance its academic programs, grow funded research, and strengthen outreach to stakeholders in the state and region.  This is a 12-month, full-time, benefits-eligible, tenure-track position.  The individual selected for this role will work with the Dean and the leadership team for the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering (JJLCOE) to promote the land-grant mission while implementing a shared vision with the faculty and staff on strategic initiatives for the COM department.  This position is supervised by the Dean of the JJLCOE. 

The dual role for the COM Department Head and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs for the JJLCOE will include working in partnership with the college leadership team to provide support for accreditation processes and procedures, complete graduation approvals, process academic appeals and petitions, and support academic advising services.

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The successful candidate will be expected to lead the COM department in new and emerging opportunities for growing program enrollment and student placement, create a supportive environment for applied research and extramural funding, and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to create new opportunities for knowledge transfer and outreach in support of regional economic development.


Sponsorship is not available for this position, must be eligible to work in the United States. 
Earned doctorate in construction management, operations management, engineering, applied technology or a closely related field.
A record of achievement in teaching, scholarship, and service commensurate with the performance expectations for a tenured full professor in the department.
Financial management experience including income, expenditures, and budgeting.
Ability to engage constructively with people and be adaptable to change. 
Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.


Successful experience in academic administration and/or parallel experience gained via private sector employment at the middle manager level or higher.
Strong advocate for student education as demonstrated through active participation in development, implementation and administration of innovative programs, practices, or activities.
Demonstrated effectiveness in recruitment, retention, and success of faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds.
Clear understanding of current and emerging trends in construction and manufacturing as demonstrated by the candidate’s knowledge of rapidly changing workforce needs, and the implications on interdisciplinary education and research.
Ability to forge strong relationships with regional industry leaders and understand industry trends to prepare students for existing and emerging careers.
Visionary and strategic leadership style with commitment to transparency, consensus-building, and a collegial workplace environment.
Evidence of professional service to the discipline. 
Ability to lead and manage ABET and other programmatic accreditation procedures.

SALARY:  Commensurate with qualifications. 

BENEFITS:  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.

THE DEPARTMENT AND COLLEGE:  The Construction and Operations Management (COM) Department is one of five departments in the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering (JJLCOE) serving 1500 undergraduate and graduate students.  The 13 faculty member COM Department serves 350 students in its undergraduate programs which include Construction Management, Construction Technology, Operations Management, Electronics Technology.  Graduate programs include Operations Management and Engineering. We have recently been selected by the North Central Region of concrete industry stakeholders to launch a new B.S. in Concrete Industry Management (CIM).  The future department head will have the opportunity to establish this CIM degree with significant extramural funding and program support from regional industry, SDSU stakeholders, and the National Steering Committee for CIM.

The Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering has benefitted from substantial investment by its stakeholders in the past 15 years resulting in new buildings, state-of-the-art teaching and research labs, and renovated classrooms.  The academic units of the college are Civil & Environmental Engineering, Construction & Operations Management, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Mathematics & Statistics, and Mechanical Engineering.  SDSU Engineering Extension, the SD Local Transportation Assistance Program, EDA University Center, the Water & Environmental Engineering Resource Center and the Image Processing Lab provide outreach and professional services to the state and region.


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.

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 March 1, 2021.

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 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 a 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 the search chair:  Kurt Cogswell  605.688.6196

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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