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Position Announcement: Klingbeil Endowed Department Head & Professor

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department (ABED) is offering an exciting career opportunity as the inaugural Klingbeil Endowed Department Head and Professor. We are looking for a creative, innovative, individual to provide strong and effective vision and leadership for the department. This is a 12-month, 100% time, benefit eligible, tenure-track position that carries an academic rank of Professor in the ABED. This position is supervised by the South Dakota Corn Endowed Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, Joe Cassady. The ABED is also affiliated with the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering.

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 Department Head of the ABED is the academic and administrative leader of the faculty and staff. The Department Head must provide leadership for strong and relevant programming in research, teaching, and Extension; communicate effectively; provide leadership to establish goals and objectives for the department and build strong working relationships in the department and across campus and the state; recruit, evaluate, and retain faculty, Extension Field Specialists, staff, and students; develop and manage budgets; coordinate department fundraising and revenue streams; oversee management of departmental facilities; facilitate research and intellectual property development opportunities; represent the department in all official communications with the college and university; and foster and build strong working relationships with other disciplines, stakeholders, and industry partners.



  • Ph.D. Degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Precision Agriculture or a closely related field completed by date of application;
  • At least five years of directing/supervising experience;
  • Eligible for the rank of Professor at SDSU in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Precision Agriculture or a closely related field;
  • Productive history in research, teaching, or Extension outreach;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills;
  • Strong interpersonal 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 programs.
  • Ability to advocate the ABED’s programs to and collaborate with a variety of stakeholders and allied industries;
  • Show a commitment to and understanding of agriculture, public service, and the university’s mission and goals;
  • Authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.



  • Recognized nationally or internationally in field of expertise;
  • Ability to manage personnel and budgets;
  • Demonstrated collaboration in securing resources to support new and/or enhanced departmental programs and services;
  • Ability to foster a student-centered environment;
  • Familiarity with agricultural and conservation practices in the Midwest and Great Plains regions;
  • Commitment to public service;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Land Grant University philosophy and system;



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 ABED includes approximately 30 faculty and staff members, over 20 graduate students, and over 220 undergraduate students, of which approximately a third are in the Precision Agriculture major delivered jointly by the ABED and the Agronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Sciences Department. The other undergraduate majors are Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and Agricultural Systems Technology. Graduate Programs include an M.S. in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and Ph.D. offerings in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and Biological Sciences – Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering emphasis. Research and Extension outreach is focused on precision agriculture, bioprocessing, food and biorenewable processing, rural and urban livestock production systems, land and water, climate, and 4-H STEM. The department houses the Mesonet at SDState, South Dakota's live weather network, which provides accurate weather updates every five minutes to increase agricultural efficiency, and the Water Resources Institute, which provides leadership on evolving water concerns and problems faced by South Dakota citizens. More department information is available at

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 August 15, 2022.



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.” The direct link to this position is 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.

For questions on the position, contact Bill Gibbons at 605-688-4792 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.