Temporary Instructors – English




Institution South Dakota State University

Working Title Temporary Instructors – English

Posting Number T00215P

Department SDSU-English

Physical Location of Position (City) Brookings

Posting Text 

South Dakota State University’s School of English and Interdisciplinary Studies is offering multiple exciting opportunities for Temporary Instructor positions. These are 9-month, 100% time, benefit eligible term positions that will be offered on a one (1) year basis, but eligible for renewal up to three (3) additional years depending upon the need of the program and performance within the role. These positions are supervised by the Director of the School of English and Interdisciplinary Studies.

The School of English and Interdisciplinary Studies at South Dakota State University is a vibrant community of faculty and students dedicated to the teaching and learning of language, literature and culture. The School of English and Interdisciplinary Studies offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with specializations in English, English Education, Interdisciplinary Studies and Writing, as well as the Master of Arts degree in English and the Master of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, both of which can be earned either on campus or online. In addition, we offer undergraduate minors in English, Film Studies, Professional Writing, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Our faculty specialize in British and American literature, juvenile literature, ethnic literatures, women’s writing, creative writing, rhetoric, composition, professional and technical writing, legal writing, publishing and editing, literary and cultural theory, film studies and peace and conflict studies. With this variety of degree options and encompassing specializations of faculty, our program equips students with the knowledge and capabilities that are sought after by employers in a wide range of fields and industries, including education, business, publishing, public relations, technology, advertising, marketing, sales, law and medicine.

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.


  • Provide high-quality teaching, with a 5:5 courseload of a variety of undergraduate courses in English, face-to-face on the SDSU campus in Brookings.
  • Participate, as necessary, in collection of course-based assessment data for student learning outcomes.
  • Communicate in a timely fashion with students, colleagues, staff, and director.


We offer a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access. The university is part of a dynamic community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees, which offers an abundance of attractions and activities. South Dakota State University offers a wide range of excellent 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.


  • Master’s Degree in English or a closely related field completed by date of application.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work as a contributing team member. 
  • Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs;
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate educational materials and direct effective curriculum. 
  • Previous experience teaching at a University.
  • Sponsorship is not available. Must be authorized to work in the U.S.


South Dakota State University accepts applications through an online 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 South Dakota State University Human Resources at 605-688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. 

Any offer of employment is conditioned upon 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 university policy 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. 

Posting Date 02/08/2024

Closing Date 

Open Until Filled Yes

First Consideration Date 02/22/2024

Advertised Salary Commensurate with Qualifications

Duration of the Term 9 months

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Appointment Percent 100

Proposed Rank Instructor Lecturer

Work Hours 

Appointment Type Temporary

This position requires Weekends/Holidays

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Department Description and Cultural Expectations 

South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 academic programs, an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students, and over $60 million annual research expenditures.

South Dakota State University 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 of thought, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of South Dakota State 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.

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. Brookings is listed as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees, and is rated 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity StatementSouth Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU prohibits discrimination on, the basis of, sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, or any other status that may become protected in the offering of all educational programs and employment. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing [email protected]. 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.

Contact InformationFor questions on the position, contact April Myrick at 605-688-5191 or [email protected]

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