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Job ID: 207214

Instructor of Studio Art
South Dakota State University

Date Posted Mar. 14, 2023
Title Instructor of Studio Art
University South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD, United States
Department School of Design
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date August 2023
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Art - Sculpture
    Art - Printmaking
    Art - Painting/Drawing
    Art - Ceramics
    Fine Arts - General

The South Dakota State University School of Design invites applications for an Instructor of Studio Art to begin no later than August 2023. This is a full-time, nine-month, benefit eligible, term appointment and the position reports to the Director of the School of Design. 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.

The School of Design has five accredited majors: studio art, graphic design, landscape architecture, interior design and architecture. Collectively, School faculty form a collaborative teaching and research environment that values cross-program and interdisciplinary initiatives. The successful candidate will contribute to building national and international stature and recognition for the discipline, School and University.

SDSU offers a 4-year Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with specializations in ceramics, sculpture, painting, printmaking, and art education. The program aims to develop the knowledge base and experience for students to pursue careers as professional artists or in various art-related fields. Our commitment to providing real-world experience is realized through our professional B.F.A. curriculum, internships, practice courses and travel study to art galleries, museums and design studios in national and international design centers.


  • Teach courses within the in the studio art professional curriculum with expertise in at least one of the specialization areas and in School common core studios.
  • Provide service to the discipline, university, and community.
  • Teach in multi-disciplinary courses within the School of Design.


Beginning design and drawing studio instruction along with expertise in one or more of the following: ceramics, sculpture, painting or printmaking.


  • Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art or international equivalent by time of appointment.
  • Potential to develop and teach academic coursework in beginning studio instruction and one or more of the specialization content areas.
  • Effective written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.


  • Experience teaching in an academic setting.
  • Ability to teach ceramics or sculpture studios.
  • Production of art works for commission, sales, or exhibition.
  • Record of service within the discipline and/or profession.


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 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. SDSU is a thriving and growing research land-grant university with a rich tradition of hands-on learning and material practice. The University is set in a rich regional fabric of small communities eager to embrace innovative and smart design practice and culture. As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the 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.

South Dakota State University is located in Brookings, a beautiful college town of about 24,000 residents. Brookings is 4.5 hours west of Minneapolis and 3 hours south of Fargo. 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 ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. 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 13, 2023.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system guides you through the electronic application form. This employment site will require the attachment of 1) a cover letter including a statement of academic interest and description of ability to teach in a studio environment, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) three professional or academic references with appropriate contact information (name, position, phone, mailing and email address), and 4) a portfolio (25-page max. and 10MB max.) of works related to the position qualifications. An online link to a similarly formatted PDF portfolio is an acceptable alternative; the URL must be uploaded in place of the portfolio on the employment website. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at 605-688-4128 if you require assistance with the electronic application 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 inquiries regarding the faculty position, contact the search committee chair, Dr. Leda Cempellin at (605) 688-4103 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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Contact Information

  • Leda Cempellin
    School of Design
    South Dakota State University
    Brookings, SD 57007
  • 605.688.4103


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