• Full Time
  • Brookings
  • December 30, 2020

Website South Dakota State University

SDSU invites applications for an Instructor in Mechanical Engineering with appointment to begin August 16, 2021.  The position is a 9-month, benefits-eligible, full-time, term (non-tenurable) renewable appointment (contingent on performance and available funding) with instructional duties in the undergraduate program in the Mechanical Engineering department.  The position also carries duties incidental to instruction, such as undergraduate advising and departmental service and support assignments.  This position is supervised by the department head of Mechanical Engineering. 

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.


 Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

·       Teach undergraduate mechanical engineering courses in the solid mechanics area  (dynamics, vibrations, machine component design and/or dynamic systems/controls laboratories as assigned).

·       Serve as an undergraduate academic advisor.

·       Serve as a mentor/advisor to student design competition teams.

·       Serve on department and university committees as assigned.

·       Participate in departmental service and operations activities (such as recruiting, fundraising, assessment, etc.) as assigned.

·       Perform functions related to undergraduate program coordination, as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Supervise instructional lab assistants and other technical/program support personnel as necessary.


Sponsorship is not available for this position; must be authorized to work in the United States. 
Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering or closely related field by appointment date.
Technical background in solid mechanics/machine design.
Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills.


·       The preferred candidates’ B.S. degree will be from a school with an ABET-accredited B.S. program in Mechanical Engineering.

·       Documented evidence of teaching excellence.

·       Active use of, and/or contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

·       Expertise or experience in using and/or teaching engineering software, including any or all of the following: Solidworks, MATLab and Simulink, ANSYS, Labview.

Experience with operating materials testing or dynamic systems laboratory equipment.
·       Laboratory teaching experience.

·       Expertise in acoustics or non-destructive testing

·       Practical industry experience.


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.

South Dakota State University began offering the course of study leading to a BSME degree in 1884. The Mechanical Engineering department offers an ABET-accredited undergraduate program with a focus on quality preparation for an engineering career.  The department also offers MS and PhD degrees.  There are approximately 420 undergraduates and 33 graduate students currently enrolled in the programs.

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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by December 31, 2020.


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 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, contact Dr. Todd Letcher, todd.letcher@sdstate.edu, 605-688-5426.

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.