The Department of Geography at South Dakota State University seeks applications for part-time, non-tenure-track teaching positions at the Instructor level for Fall and Spring semesters. Opportunities are available to teach 1-3 courses per semester in the classroom or online, contingent upon enrollment. Courses include Introductory Human and Physical Geography and range to specialized courses, dependent upon qualifications and need.

The Department of Geography has dynamic and evolving programs consisting of B.S. degrees with majors in Geography and GISc, an M.S. in Geography, and faculty supervision of PhD. students in the Geospatial Science program. The Geography major also is offered completely online and has been ranked in the top three programs nationally.

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 of Science (M.S.) or Master of Arts (M.A.) in Geography or a related field by first day of employment.
  • Ability to use technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills.


  • PhD in Geography
  • Professional experience in government or private industry directly related to any courses taught.
  • Active professional engagement in the discipline of Geography. Examples include presentations at professional meetings, authored publications in professional journals, grants received for geographical work, and collaborations with professional geographers.
  • Relevant Higher Ed experience.


$3,788 to $4,630 per 3-credit course depending on qualifications.


South Dakota State University (SDSU) is a Land Grant institution that offers many opportunities to interact with scholars from Natural Resources Management (including Wildlife and Fisheries), Plant Sciences, Biology and Microbiology, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Modern Languages and Global Studies, the Geospatial Science Center of Excellence, and the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS). SDSU is the state’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 12,500 students. It is located in Brookings, South Dakota, a community of approximately 23,657 near the east-central border of South Dakota on Interstate 29. The city has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible to major medical facilities, has an active cultural and social environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within driving distance. It is 50 miles north of the Sioux Falls metropolitan area which has a population of more than 170,000.

South Dakota State University

The Morrill Act land-grant University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest and most comprehensive teaching and research institution. Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a high-research activity university with more than $70 million in annual research expenditures, the university enrolls 12,600 students from all states and 62 countries in six degree-granting colleges and the graduate school. Students select from 70 undergraduate majors, 12 Ph.D. programs, two professional doctoral degrees, and 29 master’s degree programs. The university also offers courses at off-campus sites, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses and programs online through the Office of Continuing and Extended Education.


Position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting.” The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The 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. The applicant should indicate the courses desired to teach. Curriculum Vitae and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references is also required. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this 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.

For questions on the position, contact Dr. Napton at (605) 688-4831 or Darrell.Napton@sdstate.edu.