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Clinical Assistant Professor

College of Nursing
South Dakota State University


Shape the future of healthcare professionals by joining South Dakota State University’s College of Nursing as a Clinical Assistant Professor. We pride ourselves on our commitment to excellence in education and clinical practice. Our state-of-the-art facilities and collaborative environment provide the ideal setting for innovative teaching and impactful research. Our research priorities are improvement of health outcomes, promoting health for rural and underserved populations, and transforming nursing and interprofessional health education. The College of Nursing is especially interested in candidates who have significant potential for building an extramurally funded program of research. This position is a 12-month, full-time, benefits-eligible, non-tenure track position. The position would serve as 100% faculty for the College of Nursing. This position is supervised by the APRN Program Director and will be based at any of our College of Nursing sites (Aberdeen, Brookings, Sioux Falls, or Rapid City).

The SDSU College of Nursing has a long history of exceptional nursing education and this is recognized through its designation as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing. The college’s fully accredited Healthcare Simulation Center across all 4 sites is further evidence of our commitment to high quality education for all students. SDSU Nursing’s history of excellence, innovation and achievement across its graduate and undergraduate programs provides an excellent foundation for growth and innovation.

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.

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


Faculty members plan, implement, and evaluate assigned courses either as an individual assignment or as a member of a teaching team.


Commensurate with qualifications.



South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with over $60 million annual research expenditures, more than 200 academic programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. We offer a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusions and access.  The university is part of a dynamic community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees, which offers an abundance of attractions and activities.  South Dakota State University offers a wide range of excellent 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.


  • Must hold a DNP or PhD degree completed by date of application or be willing to obtain a doctoral degree within 5 years;
  • Licensed by the South Dakota Board of Nursing or eligible for licensure as an APRN as evidenced by current licensure in another state;
    • Both Registered Nurse and PMHNP licensure in South Dakota is required to provide direct patient care. Both licenses must be renewed every 2 years. Applicant is responsible for licensure fees.
    • Nationally Certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
    • Certification requires the Nurse Practitioner to take a board-certified examination and must be renewed every 5 years. The renewal process involves the completion of 75 continuing education (CE) hours. Of those, 25 hours must be in the area of pharmacology. Applicant is responsible for renewal fees.
  • Must obtain own professional medical liability insurance plan with a minimum of $1,000,000 per incident and $3,000,000 aggregate; applicant is responsible for this annual fee.
  • Minimum of two years as practicing Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work as a contributing team member;
  • Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs;
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate educational materials and direct effective programs;
  • Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.


  • Evidence of professional service;
  • Nationally Certified as an Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner;
  • Nationally certified as an Family Nurse Practitioner;
  • Formal teaching experience in nursing;
  • Demonstrated evidence of potential for scholarly activity.
  • Experience in publishing extension materials and peer reviewed journals.
  • Preferred experience in mental/behavioral health.



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, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco-free environment. It is the policy of the University 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.

Interested? Contact Elizabeth Mentele at:

M: 605-385-0473
O: 605-716-7425

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