Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Innovation of Anatomy

South Dakota State University, College of Natural Sciences, Department of Biology and Microbiology
Brookings, South Dakota
Commensurate with qualifications
Closing date
Apr 15, 2023

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Life Sciences, Anatomy
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The South Dakota State University Department of Biology and Microbiology seeks a visionary faculty in Anatomy to lead and collaboratively enhance the university's teaching, outreach, and research productivity using new technologies. This is a 12-month, benefit-eligible, 100% time, tenure-track position at the assistant, associate or full professor level with potential for tenure upon hire. The successful candidate will teach at least one anatomy or biology course and establish and lead a strong collaborative research program focused on biology education and innovation in virtual and augmented reality. This position is supervised by the Department Head of Biology and Microbiology,


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 research, teaching, and team leadership to grow the Anatomy academic programs
  • Lead innovative initiatives implementing and researching VR/AR and other emerging technology’s efficacy in Anatomy education
  • Support outreach to the healthcare and K-12 sectors in the state and region


  • PhD in Anatomy or a closely related discipline by start date.
  • Demonstrated success in teaching undergraduate and graduate anatomy courses including dissection of cadavers.
  • Scholarly history of innovation by leveraging innovative pedagogy and technology to increase student engagement and learning in anatomy and STEM fields.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational and research programs. Sponsorship is not available for this position, must be authorized to work in the United States.


  • Evidence of scholarly, professional or creative achievement in anatomy educational programs. Leadership of the undergraduate, graduate, and teaching laboratories in Anatomy.
  • Demonstrated success in leading multi-disciplinary collaboration.
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate educational materials and lead effective curriculum to meet various program needs.
  • Ability to develop productive and lasting relationships between the university and public- and private-sector entities.


Commensurate with qualifications



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.




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.


The Biology and Microbiology Department at South Dakota State University offers Undergraduate (BS) and Graduate (MS and PhD) degrees in Biological Science. The Department enrolls ~600 undergraduate students in Biology, Human Biology, Biotechnology and Microbiology majors and over 50 graduate students. Twenty-five faculty members teach a broad array of courses and conduct research in a wide range of fields.


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.



Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by April 14th, 2023.



South Dakota State University accepts applications through an online employment site. To apply, visit:, 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 , a research statement (attached as work sample, 3 page limit), teaching philosophy (attached as other, 3 page limit), 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. 


For questions on the position, contact Yajun Wu at 605-688-5974 or


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 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  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.

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