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Department Head Electrical Engineering and Computer Science/Professor
South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota
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Date Posted 05/14/2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at South Dakota State University invites applicants for a Department Head position at the level of Full Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

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.

South Dakota State University seeks a dynamic and collaborative leader to serve as Head of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department (EECS). The Department Head will work closely with the Dean and the leadership team of the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering (JJLCOE) to promote the land grant mission and an ambitious agenda to address the world’s grand challenges in the areas of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. The Department Head will arrive at the beginning of the establishment of new programs including a PhD in Computer Science, and BS and MS degrees in Software Engineering, and are expected to lead the EECS Department in identifying future areas of growth and investment while providing organizational and administrative expertise to the department and the JJLCOE.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a closely related field by date of application;

    The successful Head of the EECS Department will have the following qualifications and characteristics:

  • A distinguished record in teaching, scholarship, and service consistent with the expectation of rank of Professor and tenure in the College;

  • Active engagement in technical societies;

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in recruitment, retention, and success of faculty, staff and students from diverse backgrounds;

  • Leadership and success in securing internal and external support for instruction and research from governmental and corporate sources. It is a stated goal of SDSU to double external research funding over the next ten years;

  • Understanding of current and emerging issues in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering as defined by rapidly changing workforce needs as well as applied and fundamental research needs in diverse yet integrated areas related to cloud computing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, materials and sensor development, IOT, embedded software, high performance computing, and the power industry;

  • Administrative ability including budget and personnel management;

  • Transparent, open-minded, collegial, and approachable leadership style;

  • Clear understanding of the land grant mission;

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills;

  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.;

  • High personal integrity.

Successful professional experience in academic administration and/or comparable experience in research management;


  • Demonstrated active participation in Engineering/Computer Science Education technical committees and other relevant experience to advance scholarship of teaching and learning to promote state-of-the-art pedagogy and to lead other researchers in purposeful strategy for external funding in the areas of Engineering/Computer Science Education research;

  • Proven experience and commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration to enhance department and college performance.

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.

This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter addressing how the candidate meets the qualification requirements, Curriculum Vitae, teaching statement (attached as ‘other’ document), research statement (attached as ‘work sample’), 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 or HR@sdstate.edu 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, a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

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Open Until Filled


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Commensurate with qualifications.

Duration of the Term

12 months

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Department Description and Cultural Expectations

SDSU is South Dakota’s Land Grant institution and its largest institution of higher education with a current enrollment of approximately12,500 students. The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department is committed to providing a rigorous, practical education, with focus on design experience and problem solving; conducting world-class research with a regional emphasis; and providing technical assistance to existing and emerging businesses, industry, and government. The Department offers BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in EE; BS and MS degrees in CS; has approximately 350 undergraduate and 100 graduate students; with external annual funding of approximately $1.5M. 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 approximately 170,000. Learn more about Brookings by visiting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8OnH5eIgQ&feature=youtu.be.


Affirmative Action Statement

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.


Diversity Statement

We are committed to diversity of community and ideas. We believe in a supportive, diverse, collaborative, and cohesive environment with a focus on access. We actively seek collaboration with individuals with differing perspectives, backgrounds, and areas of expertise.

Contact Information

For questions on this position, contact Dr. Reinaldo Tonkoski, Search Chair at (605) 688-6298 or reinaldo.tonkoski@sdstate.edu.

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