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Assistant Professor

Position Deleted on 9/28/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Brookings, SD
  • Faculty - Business - Entrepreneurship
  • Faculty - Business - Management
Application Due:
Open Until Filled
Full Time
The Department of Economics at South Dakota State University invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. This is a full-time, tenure track, nine-month appointment, 100% teaching position. Two months of summer salary for the first three years will be provided by the Nies Endowment for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Management.

The major responsibilities of this position include teaching 6-9 credit hours per semester in support of the core courses in the Entrepreneurial Studies degree programs and minor offered by the Department of Economics including courses in enterprise management, innovation and intellectual property management, financing and venture capital, and strategic planning and control. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to teach courses supporting the university-wide Economics and Management Programs, which also serve students in Hospitality Management, Operations Management, Construction Management, and other management-related degree programs.

Most courses will be taught on the Brookings campus, but online delivery of courses is of increasing interest to stakeholders.

The successful applicant will be expected to establish and maintain an applied research program leading to peer-reviewed publication in appropriate journals, mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate students, and participate in general departmental and university service activities. The successful candidate will also be expected to advise and mentor students in the entrepreneurial studies degree program and to assist with the extra-curricular student activities.

There are currently over 110 entrepreneurship undergraduate students and this is a fast growing major. Innovation Partners and the Enterprise Institute located at the SDSU Research Park Innovation Center provide opportunities for networking with regional innovators and entrepreneurs, and also provide opportunities for part-time employment and incubator space for students. SDSU has a strong investor and alumni network that is actively engaged in the classroom and in student ventures competitions including the First Dakota National Bank Business Plan Competition, the Veenis Entrepreneurial Experience, and the Rickert Visiting Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. The CEO (Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization) club is very active and students in the degree program and the CEO club compete in regional business plan and innovation/idea competitions and have used awards to finance their start-up enterprises.

PhD in Management Sciences, Business Administration, or a closely related area with a specialization in entrepreneurship or innovation management, small business financial or venture capital management; demonstrated scholarship, evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills, and potential for effective teaching.

Demonstrated teaching effectiveness at the college level; demonstrated record of scholarly productivity through publication, research presentations, or external grants.

Commensurate with qualifications.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The position is open until filled, with full consideration given to applications received by September 27, 2013.

SDSU is a land grant institution and the state's largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 13,000 students. The Department of Economics ( offers bachelor's and master's degrees with majors in Economics, Economics with a Business Specialization, Entrepreneurial Studies, Agricultural Business, and Agricultural and Resource Economics through the Colleges of Agriculture and Biological Sciences and Arts and Sciences. With a faculty of approximately 30, the department offers a broad spectrum of courses in the areas above, and hosts about 650 undergraduate majors and 25 graduate students.

The department plays a central role in SDSU's Economics and Management Programs which strive to strengthen and harmonize management education across the university. SDSU is a member of AACSB and in the preliminary stages of seeking accreditation.

Graduates of the department 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. The network of engaged alumni is the basis of the Economics and Management Partners Program and provides funding for endowments and faculty scholars in support of advanced research and student activities.

SDSU is located in Brookings, South Dakota, a community of approximately 22,000 near the east central border of South Dakota on Interstate 29. The city has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible to major medical facilities, has an active cultural and social environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within driving distance. It is 50 miles north of Sioux Falls, a city of over 150,000.

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 posting." The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how you meet the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, curriculum vitae, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with the electronic application process. Email or paper applications will not be accepted.

SDSU actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff. Women and persons underrepresented in higher education are encouraged to apply.

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 a criminal background check.

For questions on the position, please contact:
Dr. Scott Fausti, Search Chair, Department of Economics, Box 504, Scobey Hall, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57007. 979-688-4868 or Dr. Eluned Jones, Head, Department of Economics, Box 504, Scobey Hall, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57007. 979-676-0985
South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made at TTY (605) 688-4394. 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, Administration 324, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.
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