Academic Instructor of Consumer Affairs

Updated: 9 months ago
Academic Instructor of Consumer Affairs  
Instructor - 9  
South Dakota State University  
3CNSC1-Consumer Sciences  
External (includes Internal)  
9 months  
Commensurate with qualifications.  
Open Until Filled
The Consumer Affairs Program seeks to fill a nine-month Academic Instructor appointment through an open search for all qualified and interested candidates. The department offers a Bachelor's degree in Consumer Affairs with specializations in Family Financial Management and Consumer Services Management. The successful candidate for this position will begin her or his faculty appointment at SDSU as early as possible, but no later than January, 2018. Responsibilities will include:
Teaching: Standard teaching load in Consumer Affairs with assignments through the various levels and types of courses offered in the program. Provide leadership in curriculum development, assessment, and student recruitment and retention.
Service: Serve on committees in the university, the college, and the department and provide service to the profession, the industry, and the region.
The position offers a collegial and supportive work environment, small class sizes, a high quality of work life, and highly competitive compensation in the region. 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.
- Master's degree, with at least one degree in Consumer Affairs, Consumer Studies, Consumer Sciences, Consumer Economics, Family Resource Management, or closely related field is required. An earned Doctoral degree in Consumer Affairs or related field is preferred. Doctoral candidates will be considered on a one-year term appointment at the instructor level with the completion of the terminal degree required within a year of initial hire date.
- A broad background in Consumer Affairs with expertise to teach in a range of areas across the four years of the curriculum is preferred.
- Participation in relevant professional organizations is desirable.
- Effective written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills are required.
- Proven record of excellence in scholarship preferred.
For questions about this position contact Search Committee Chair, Dr. Wookjae Heo, at 605.688.5196 or  
South Dakota State University (SDSU) is the state's largest, most comprehensive university. As South Dakota's Morrill Act land-grant university, SDSU had a fall 2016 enrollment of 12,613 students from all 50 states and 85 countries. Approximately 55 percent of SDSU students are residents of South Dakota, 37 percent are from other states and 8 percent from other countries. The University provides a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement.
The American Association of University Professors categorizes SDSU as a Category 1 or doctoral-level institution. The University is designated as research high in the Carnegie Classifications.
The University has been designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and its Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity is a major resource for the economic development needs of the state.
Over the last five years, university research has yielded 245 invention disclosures, 65 patents filed, 9 patents issued and 35 license agreements executed through the Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization, resulting in more than $10 million in license revenue.
SDSU Extension, with eight Regional Extension Centers across the state, is South Dakota's source for objective, vetted and relevant new knowledge generated through research. Extension's online learning portal,, served nearly 600,000 users with more than 925,000 page views last year. To read more, visit:
Brookings, a community of 23,773, is located in eastern South Dakota, just minutes from the Minnesota border and less than an hour's drive to the state's largest city, Sioux Falls. Students from communities in Nebraska, North Dakota and Iowa find SDSU within an easy day's drive.
The Department of Consumer Sciences is one of the four departments in the College of Education and Human Sciences, with undergraduate major programs in Consumer Affairs, Hospitality Management, Aviation, Apparel Merchandising, and Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations, and minors in Events and Facilities Administration, Financial Counseling, Leadership, and Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations (LMNO), and Master's programs in Financial Planning and Merchandising.
The Consumer Affairs program at SDSU is an integral part of the Department of Consumer Sciences in the College of Education and Human Sciences. The undergraduate major focuses on consumers' interaction with the marketplace and the public sector. Courses emphasize understanding needs of individuals, families and communities related to the marketplace, public policies affecting consumers, consumer behavior, and consumer decision-making. The curriculum develops competencies in subject matter, management, leadership, problem solving, interpersonal skills, and communication. Students have an option to specialize in the areas of Consumer Services Management or Family Financial Management. Consumer Affairs prepares students to work with consumers to improve their wellbeing. There are approximately 90 students pursuing a Consumer Affairs major for fall of 2017. Graduates pursue career opportunities in many nonprofit, business, and government agencies.
Consumer Affairs faculty are also involved in delivery of a Master's degree in Family Financial Planning, a degree program that is part of the Great Plain's IDEA (Interactive Distance Education Alliance). For more information about this innovative, inter-institutional degree, see SDSU typically teaches 1-2 courses in the program each year and has about 10-12 students in the program at any given time.  
SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply: visit, search by position title, review the job announcement, and follow the site's instructions. To complete the application process, the employment site will ask candidates for four attachments in .doc or .PDF format:
- Cover letter;
- Curriculum vitae;
- Brief statement of teaching philosophy;
- Three professional references each with telephone, email, and mailing addresses.
The search committee will not review incomplete on-line applications. Additional documentation may be requested of candidates at a later date.
Contact SDSU Human Resources at 605.688.4128 if you require assistance with the on-line 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.  
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