Lucas P. Wintrode Endowed Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Special Education – South Dakota

Lucas P. Wintrode Endowed Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Special Education

South Dakota State University

South Dakota


Job description

The South Dakota State University (SDSU) School of Education Counseling, and Human Development is seeking a visionary and engaged faculty member whose expertise and leadership will elevate scholarly research and advance teaching efforts focused on autism and autism spectrum disorders. Desirable candidates should be able to assume leadership roles and/or accept key responsibilities including (a) provide high quality teacher preparation and graduate student training, (b) engage in cutting-edge research on autism, and (c) facilitating autism training opportunities and programs. This is a 9-month, full-time, in-person, tenure-track, benefit-eligible position with possible appointment as an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor depending upon experience. Initial appointment shall be as faculty within the Teacher Education program, which emphasizes developmental sciences and the science of learning and is dedicated to grounding teacher education in the context of developmental and cultural relevance. This position is supervised by the Director of the School of Education Counseling, and Human Development with an anticipated start date of August 22, 2023.


The Lucas P. Wintrode Professor of Special Education-Autism Studies at SDSU will be an experienced and enthusiastic faculty leader who will:

  • Provide leadership in scholarly activity and/or applied research.
  • Provide exceptional education through classroom instruction.
  • Guide and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in their work to support individuals with autism and on the autism spectrum.
  • Develop an annual plan outlining goals and propose a budget for use of endowed funds supporting the professorship and related activities, such as Michael’s Journey and the supervision of a mentoring program for SDSU students with autism. The plan shall be approved by the Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences.
  • Maintain a high-level of scholarly activity and/or research productivity through grant funding, peer-reviewed publications, and presentations at national and/or international forums in alignment with the appropriate academic discipline.
  • Teach a variety of upper-level special education and/or education courses on autism and autism spectrum disorders, and/or supervise candidates in the field.
  • Actively engage in professional organizations at the local, state, and national level.
  • Advocate/lobby with the South Dakota Department of Education regarding a potential Autism Endorsement on Teacher Licensure.


  • Terminal Degree (Ed.D. or Ph.D.) in Education, Human Development, or a closely related field by date of application.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with audiences who have various lived experiences.
  • Ability to lead an extramurally-funded education research program
  • Team leadership ability, scholarship, and an educational background in the areas of autism and autism spectrum disorders
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Nationally recognized scholarship and/or professional activities in special education
  • Potential for excellent teaching in university settings (on-campus and online).
  • Commitment to promoting and encouraging acceptance of all learners and responsive approaches to teaching.
  • Ability to develop strong collaborative partnerships among institutions of higher education, local education agencies, government agencies, mental health, and nonprofit organizations where collaboration will enhance the strengths of the College and stakeholders.


  • Record of developing and delivering academic programs in a university setting.
  • Ability to collaborate with community schools, mental health partners, and a broad array of campus partners in support of student success.
  • Ability to advance academic programs through university and institutional review processes.
  • College teaching experience, particularly with teacher education, human development, and/or counselor education students.
  • Expertise in students with severe disabilities
  • Expertise in integrating content areas in a cross-curricular approach to instruction.


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 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 School of Education, Counseling, and Human Development creates a unique niche across programs in education and human science fields that emphasizes developmental sciences and the science of learning. By more fully integrating human development and education, we will be able to better ground teacher education in the context of developmental and cultural relevance, and we will further strengthen our offerings in human development by grounding them in the science of learning. Both areas underscore the importance of how learning across the lifespan develops in various lived experiences.

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 April 2, 2023.

How to apply

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.” 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, Research Statement (attached as work sample, 3 page limit), Teaching Statement (attached as other, 3 page limit), 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.

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 Christin Carotta at (605) 688-4190 or [email protected].

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 identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing [email protected]. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007, 605-688-4128.

We are the state’s largest university—and if you ask us, its best. With South Dakota’s most comprehensive range of academic offerings, there’s no better place to explore everything from aerospace to zoology. 


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