South Dakota State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Nursing.      

About the University

South Dakota State University (SDSU) is dedicated to exceptional teaching and learning, scholarship, research, creative activity, and transference of knowledge through Extension programming for the benefit of students, community and the citizens of South Dakota and beyond.  With almost 600 faculty, serving nearly 13,000 students, SDSU offers a diverse number of academic colleges including: College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, College of Education and Human Sciences, Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering, College of Natural Sciences, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, , Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College and the Graduate School. 

SDSU is defined as a “Doctoral University, Higher Research Activity” within the Carnegie Classification and in 2014 was designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.  As the state’s 1862 land-grant university, SDSU plays a key leadership role in the state and the region in conducting research, disseminating knowledge, supporting innovation and business incubation, forming partnerships with industry, and advocating for economic growth and development.  SDSU awards graduate degrees through 15 Ph.D. and 33 Master’s programs and has the most active university research program in the state with more than $58 million in annual research expenditures. 

Brookings, South Dakota, located just 48 miles north of Sioux Falls, is a progressive and growing community with numerous industry partners and is the 4th largest city in South Dakota.  In 2015, Brookings was named the safest college town in the nation.  SDSU is proud to be part of one of the best communities in the country.


SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access 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. 


As a leading land-grant university, SDSU champions the public good through engaged learning, bold and innovative research and creative activities, and stewardship within a global society.  The University’s strategic plan, Imagine 2023, is the five-year strategic plan that enhances the future of South Dakota and its citizens while meeting the challenges of an increasingly global, complex and interconnected society.  The plan draws on the university’s strengths and commitment to excellence, creating a pathway to the future as a high-performing institution that delivers exceptional value to students and stakeholders.  The plan’s goals focus on excellence through transformative education, strengthening community engagement, fostering innovation and increase in research, scholarship and creative activity to become a growing, high-performing and healthy university.  For more information, visit

South Dakota Board of Regents

SDSU is one of six universities in an integrated system of higher education in South Dakota governed by a single board of regents.  The BOR, appointed by the Governor, has constitutional authority to govern the system of public higher education in the state.  The BOR provides leadership and sets policies for the programs and services delivered through its six universities and two special schools. 

About The College

The College of Nursing is one of eight colleges within South Dakota State University.  The College has a rich history of improving human health and quality of life for people in the state of South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world.  The College strives for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research (priority research areas include health care quality and outcomes, health promotion for rural and underserved populations, and nursing inter-professional education innovation), scholarship, and health services to diverse individuals, communities, and populations across the life span by offering the following degrees: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (standard, accelerated, and RN to BSN), Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and a PhD in Nursing. The college also offers an RN Refresher Course and an LPN Refresher Course designed to help inactive RNs and LPNs review and update their nursing knowledge and skills. With program options in Brookings, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, and Aberdeen, the College strives to be a national leader in accessible and quality undergraduate and graduate nursing education and to be recognized across health disciplines, to prospective students, alumni and nursing leaders as innovative scholars and researchers who improve human health through strategic partnerships and inter-professional collaboration that shapes new delivery models of quality health care and nursing education. 

Role and Responsibilities

The Dean, who reports to the Provost, serves as the chief academic officer for the College, and guides the College’s effort in academic and curriculum development, faculty and staff development, external fundraising and the building of partnerships with the health community and alumni.  SDSU seeks an innovative leader with vision and strong leadership skills, who is committed to establishing collaborative relationships, fosters an environment in which faculty and stakeholders are engaged partners and communicates consistently and effectively. 

The ideal candidate should have an earned terminal degree in nursing or other relevant field and evidence of scholarly, professional, or creative achievement sufficient to qualify for tenure in the College at the rank of Professor. In addition, it is preferred, the successful candidate possess the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience and capacity to lead in planning, assessing, and developing innovative academic programs including online education, simulation, and innovative use of technology, that will help establish the College of Nursing as a recognized national leader in nursing education and research;
  • Possess a broad intellectual perspective and have strong administrative decision making skills to provide effective leadership and management;
  • Demonstrated record of cultivating successful interprofessional education and research within internal and external constituencies;
  • Ability to develop and implement a bold vision for the future of the College;
  • Capacity to identify, recruit, and retain strong leadership and faculty;
  • Ability to lead and support community relationships and partnerships, and engage fully with culturally diverse populations spanning all socioeconomic levels;
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing large, complex budgets, fiscal matters, strategic planning, and personnel management;
  • Experience with developing external collaborative relationships on the interdisciplinary, inter-institutional and health care systems-related levels;
  • A track record of successful fundraising and talent for identifying entrepreneurial opportunities;
  • Commitment to the diversity of students, faculty, and staff, and to advancing an inclusive climate that stimulates excellence;
  • A dedicated commitment to openness, collaboration, and shared decision-making, and the capacity to effectively communicate with faculty, staff, and students across multiple campuses. 

Application Process

Nominations and applications (letter of interest, resume/CV, and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest can be submitted to the search firm assisting the University.  Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.  It is preferred that all nominations and applications be submitted by February 18, 2019 to:

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Erin Raines, Principal
Parker Executive Search
770-804-1996 ext: 117 || 

South Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity.  Women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.  SDSU’s policies, programs and activities comply with federal and state laws and South Dakota Board of Regents regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, gender, gender identify and/or expression of sexual orientation.

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