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Assistant Professor of Business Law at South Dakota Board of Regents

South Dakota Board of Regents


Mid Level

Not defined

27 Apr → 27 May


Job Description

Working Title
Assistant Professor of Business Law


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SDSU-Ness School of Management & Economics


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Posting Text
The Ness School of Management and Economics at South Dakota State University (SDSU) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Business Law. The Ness School seeks a dynamic, innovative legal scholar whose research interests include, for example, anti-trust, bankruptcy, corporate, employment, intellectual-property, labor, real-estate, securities, agriculture, and environmental law. Research outcomes associated with this position must satisfy the academic standards the AACSB associates with its faculty-status classification, Scholarly Academic. Teaching responsibilities associated with this position include undergraduate and graduate courses in legal environment of business, business law, real estate, labor law, and agricultural law.
The Ness School, which includes approximately 30 full-time faculty members and a team of academic advisors, embodies an intellectual philosophy that economics and quantitative analysis are foundational to thriving in and critically assessing a modern global economy. In keeping with the land-grant mission of the university, the school is the premier source for economics and business intelligence in the region. The school engages its stakeholders in the classroom, through scholarship, and through outreach—formally through SDSU Extension and otherwise. The school is a unit of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
The Ness School is in the process of securing AACSB accreditation, managing significant enrollment growth in its majors, and balancing new opportunities in core business fields with its traditional strengths in economics and quantitative analysis. In its research, teaching, and outreach efforts, the school embraces interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration. The roughly 900 students who major in the Ness School complete coursework in intermediate economics, calculus, statistics, accounting, and business finance; and students who major in business economics, agricultural business, or entrepreneurial studies complete a comprehensive suite of business courses, including courses in business law. Meanwhile, thousands of students pursue the school’s minors, including those in accounting, marketing, management, and real estate. Students enrolled in the school’s master’s program in economics complete either an economic-theory option, which emphasizes applied economic research in the form of a graduate thesis, or a business-economics option, which requires courses in managerial economics, advanced business decision science, financial management, marketing strategy and analytics, and a capstone experience that potentially collaborates with industry. A graduate real-estate certificate is available as well.
This is a 9-month, full-time, benefit eligible, tenure-track position. The position is supervised by the Endowed Director of the Ness School of Management and Economics.
We anticipate a start date of August 22, 2023.
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.

The occupant of this assistant professorship in business law must:
  • Maintain high research productivity resulting regularly in peer-reviewed, scholarly publications in top-tier academic journals and law reviews, grant funding, and presentations at national or international forums and school-sponsored outreach events that tightly align with the field areas associated with this position, that meet the school’s tenure-and-promotion standards, and that satisfy the academic standards the school associates with its AACSB-faculty-status classification, Scholarly Academic.
  • Lead with exceptional pedagogy in the classroom and through undergraduate- and graduate-student mentorship.
  • Teach six undergraduate or graduate courses or sections each academic year in conventional face-to face on-campus formats and, potentially, through emerging modes of remote delivery, including hybrid and/or other online format.
  • Participate in Ness School and university governance service activities.
  • Report to the Endowed Director of the Ness School of Management and Economics.


The occupant of this assistant professorship in business law must:
  • Hold a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree by the hiring date.
  • Present strong evidence of the potential for effective research, teaching, and outreach outcomes.
  • Communicate effectively with a variety of audiences on and off campus.
  • Demonstrate excellent organizational, time-management, and interpersonal skills.
The occupant of this assistant professorship in business law has:
  • Demonstrated research, teaching, and outreach outcomes that meaningfully advance knowledge in the field of business law, broadly defined.
  • Participated in inter- and multi-disciplinary efforts, collaborating with colleagues on research, curriculum designs, and outreach efforts that raise the profile and stature of legal studies in the contexts of economics and business.
  • Professional experience in the practice of business law or a related field.
  • Admission to the Bar in South Dakota.

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.

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, statement of teaching philosophy (of 2 or fewer pages, attached as other), and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU 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.


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Open Until Filled


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Advertised Salary
Commensurate with Qualifications


Duration of the Term
9 months


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Tenure Status
Tenure Track


Proposed Rank
Assistant Professor


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Scope of Search
External (includes Internal)

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