Department Head and Professor – Humanities and Social Sciences

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Job type: Academic Administration, Faculty

Application deadline: December 1, 2016


The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology invites applications for the position of Department Head and Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences. This is a tenured, pending SD Board of Regents approval, twelve-month position with a desired start date of June 22, 2017. The successful candidate will possess an earned Doctorate in a discipline within Humanities and Social Sciences, or a related field. The successful candidate will also have a balanced perspective on teaching and scholarly activity; the vision and leadership to lead faculty representing a diversified range of interests; demonstrated successful administrative and management skills; expertise with budget oversight; supervisory experience; effective communication skills, both written and oral; strong organizational skills; and the ability to initiate, implement, and collaborate on cross-disciplinary activities.

The Department Head supervises the Humanities and Social Sciences faculty and staff which include the disciplines of art, English, philosophy, music, history, psychology, political science, and sociology. The Department Head also coordinates the Bachelor of Science – Interdisciplinary Sciences and Associate of Arts – General Studies degree programs. The Department Head reports directly to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and will work with the Provost on the University’s six strategic foci: student success-prepare more undergraduate students for leadership in engineering and science; research-increase research to prepare science and engineering experts, advance knowledge, and catalyze economic development; facilities-redevelop and expand needed living, learning, and research spaces; people-recruit, develop, and retain excellent faculty and staff; administration-responsibly steward financial and physical resources; and development-establish a robust culture of philanthropy to enable the university to sustain excellence. Primary responsibilities of the department head are to provide visionary leadership; to encourage excellence in teaching, scholarly activity, and service; to recruit and advance the professional development of faculty, staff and students; to promote productive relationships with students, parents, alumni, and industry; to manage departmental funds; and demonstrate a commitment to the cultivation of an ethnically and culturally diverse learning community.

Established in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, South Dakota. South Dakota Mines is a public university offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in engineering and science. Known for our academic rigor, we maintain a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. Our graduates have a 98% placement rate and an average starting salary of over $63,000. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science and engineering.

South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls over 2,800 students from 41 states and 28 countries. Rapid City is the state’s second largest city (with an urban population of 73,569 and metropolitan population of 197,628) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the University. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit: www.sdsmt.edu and http://visitrapidcity.com/.

South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including paid medical and life insurance for our employees, as well as medical, dental and vision coverage for spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous vacation and sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at http://www.sdsmt.edu/employment. Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.

South Dakota Mines does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status in employment or the provision of service.

Posted: November 28, 2016