Department Head and Associate Professor or Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department Head and Associate Professor or Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences

Humanities and Social Sciences


The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (South Dakota Mines) invites applications for the position of Department Head and Associate Professor or Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences. This is a 12-month position. The desired start date for the position is June 2022. The successful applicant will possess an earned doctorate in a discipline within Humanities and Social Sciences, with a record of teaching, scholarship, and service sufficient to warrant a tenured appointment, subject to SD Board of Regents approval. The successful applicant should also have the vision and ability to lead a faculty representing a diversified range of interests, a balanced perspective on research and teaching, a history of successful research and scholarship in a field that complements existing departmental strengths, the ability to initiate and implement cross-disciplinary activities and demonstrated successful administrative skills.  The successful applicant must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position.


The Department Head supervises the Humanities and Social Sciences faculty and staff and reports directly to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. The primary responsibilities of the department head are to provide visionary leadership; to encourage excellence and innovation in teaching, research, and service; to demonstrate a commitment to the cultivation of an ethnically and culturally diverse learning community; to advance professional development of the faculty and staff; to foster growth in the areas of enrollment, research, and fundraising; to promote productive relationships with students, parents, alumni, industry, and government agencies; and to foster productive interdisciplinary relationships with a variety of entities across the University community and beyond. The Humanities and Social Sciences department head will also be expected to teach undergraduate courses.


The Humanities and Social Sciences Department consists of 15 full-time and 6 adjunct faculty with broad expertise in the disciplines of art, art history, English, philosophy, music, history, psychology, political science, and sociology.  In addition to supporting the general education curriculum for the STEM students enrolled at South Dakota Mines, the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences administers the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) as well as the Associate of Arts (AA) degree in General Studies.


Established in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities.  South Dakota Mines is located in Rapid City, SD, and delivers a best-in-class education at an affordable price, with a supportive and collaborative campus community that prepares graduates to become in-demand leaders in today’s fastest-growing industries.


Known for our academic rigor, we maintain an average class size of 24 and our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. College students who are serious about their future, passionate about STEM, and eager to solve society’s most pressing problems excel at Mines. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science and engineering.  South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls around 2,400 students from 45 states and 40 countries and is ranked as the best engineering school for return on investment by College Factual. The placement rate for recent Mines graduates is 97 percent in their field of study.


Rapid City is the state's second largest city (with an urban population of 77,503 and metropolitan population of 148,749) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the university. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit:


South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life coverage options for employees, spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous vacation and sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin January 3, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.


South Dakota Mines does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status in employment or the provision of service.




SD Mines is an EEO/AA/ADA employer & provider.



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