South Dakota State University, Mathematics and Statistics

1671 23723Position ID: SDSU-DHMSD [#23723]
Position Title: DEPARTMENT HEAD, Mathematics and Statistics Department
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Brookings, South Dakota 57007, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Mathematics, Statistics
Application Deadline: 2024/03/01 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/11/01, listed until 2024/03/26)
Position Description:    

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The Department of Mathematics and Statistics (M&S) at South Dakota State University (SDSU) invites applicants for Department Head and Professor. This is a 12-month, benefit-eligible, tenure track position. The M&S Department is one among six departments in the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering. The department, college, and SDSU provide excellent research facilities for cutting-edge research. The department is committed to providing a rigorous and practical educational experience, with an emphasis on mathematical learning and problem-solving, conducting world-class research relevant to the region and providing scientific assistance to existing and emerging businesses, industries, and government. This position is supervised by the Dean of the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering.

The M&S Department offers BS and MS in Mathematics, BS and MS in Data Science, MS in Statistics, PhD in Computational Science and Statistics and Associate of Science in Data Science. Currently, the department has approximately 260 undergraduate and a vibrant graduate program with external annual funding of approximately $2.5M. The BS program in Computer Science is accredited by the CAC of ABET and the BS program in Electrical Engineering is accredited by the EAC of ABET.

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.


South Dakota State University seeks a dynamic and collaborative leader to serve as the Head of the M&S Department. The Department Head will work closely with the Dean and the leadership team of the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering (JJLCOE) to promote the land-grant mission and an ambitious agenda to address the world’s grand challenges in the areas of mathematics, statistics, and data science. The selected candidate is expected to lead the M&S Department in identifying future areas of growth and investment while providing organizational and administrative expertise to the Department and the JJLCOE.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: • Ph.D. in mathematics, statistics, data science or a closely related field by date of application. • A distinguished record of teaching, research, scholarship, and service. • Eligible for rank of Professor at SDSU in the Department of M&S. • Active engagement in technical societies such as the AMS and/or ASA. • Demonstrated effectiveness in recruitment, retention, and success of faculty, staff and students from a variety of backgrounds. • Leadership and success in securing internal and external support for instruction and research from federal, industry, and corporate sources. The candidate is expected to steer the growth of the department consistent with SDSU’s strategic plan. • Understanding of current and emerging issues in mathematics, statistics, and data science as defined by rapidly changing workforce needs as well as applied and fundamental research needs in varied yet integrated areas related to cloud computing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, information technology, finance and banking, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, environmental science, and marketing. • Administrative abilities including management of budget and personnel. • Transparent, open-minded, collegial, and approachable leadership style. • Clear understanding of the land-grant mission. • Effective communication skills. • Familiarity with ABET processes and procedures, or experience as an ABET Program Evaluator/Team Chair.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: • Successful professional experience in academic administration and/or comparable experience in research management. • Demonstrated active participation in mathematics/statistics/data science education technical committees and other relevant experience to advance scholarship of teaching and learning to promote state-of-the-art pedagogy and to lead other researchers in purposeful strategy for external funding in the areas of mathematics/statistics/data science research • Proven experience and commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration to enhance department and college performance. • Experience with successfully leading a department through an ABET accreditation visit.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by December 8, 2023.

APPLICATION PROCESS: 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, transcript for terminal degree 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.

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.

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Contact: Dr. Yucheng Liu, 605.688.6196
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AME 209A, Box 2225
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