South Dakota State University (SDSU), invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions.  Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean is the College’s chief academic and administrative officer.  SDSU seeks an energetic academic leader with practical strategic vision, significant successful administrative experience as well as outstanding academic credentials and strength in fostering excellence in teaching, research/scholarship, and engagement.

 About the University

South Dakota State University (SDSU) is dedicated to exceptional teaching and learning, scholarship, research, creative activity, and transference of knowledge through Extension programming for the benefit of students, and the citizens of South Dakota and beyond.  With almost 600 faculty, serving nearly 11,500 students, SDSU offers a diverse number of academic colleges including: College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, College of Education and Human Sciences, College of Natural Sciences, Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College and the Graduate School.

SDSU is defined as a “Doctoral University, High Research Activity” within the Carnegie Classification and in 2014 was designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.  As the state’s 1862 land-grant university, SDSU plays a key leadership role in the state and the region in conducting research, disseminating knowledge, supporting innovation and business incubation, forming partnerships with industry, and advocating for economic growth and development.  SDSU awards graduate degrees through 15 Ph.D. and 33 Master’s programs and has the most active university research program in the state with more than $67 million in annual research activity.

About the Position

With 50 faculty, the College serves approximately 700 students enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy program, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program, the B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program, and an A.S. and B.S. in the Respiratory Care program. The College also provides administrative support and leadership for the University’s Master of Public Health program. The College has a strong reputation for quality pharmacy and MLS education in the region and around the country.  From 2014-16 the pharmacy program ranked #1 in the nation in NAPLEX pass rate. Since becoming NAACLS accredited in 2010, the MLS program has maintained a 98% pass rate on the ASCP Board exam. The College has a growing Ph.D. program, having graduated 25 students over the last 10 years. Ph.D. graduates are well-placed in academia, pharmaceutical industry and regulatory agencies in the U.S. and around the world.

The College is housed in the state-of-the-art Avera Health and Science Center, providing 97,000 square-feet of teaching laboratory, classroom, and office space, as well as 48,000 square-feet of research laboratory space. The College’s research and scholarship efforts are focused in the areas of cancer, neuropharmacology, cell signaling, genomics, drug/vaccine delivery, community pharmacy, pharmacoeconomics, and cultural disparities. The College is one of the leaders on campus in intellectual property development, commercialization of technologies, and forming new university spin-offs. The College has strong academic and research collaborations with large health-care systems in the region.

With a strong alumni base, the College has received multiple endowments from generous donors, including three endowed faculty positions. Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Leads the faculty in developing a vision for the College consistent with and in support of the University strategic plan;
  • Encourages and promotes quality teaching, research and scholarship, and service contributions
  • Provides strategic leadership to advance the quality, reputation, and goals of the College;
  • Ensures programs meet accreditation standards;
  • Works collaboratively and support a culture of shared governance;
  • Represents the College in university governance and establish cooperative working relationships with university administration and other academic units within the university;
  • Responsible for the administration of the College, managing its capital, human, and fiscal resources and implementing a budget within a responsibility-centered management structure;
  • Works actively to promote and support diversity, inclusion and equity;
  • Fosters an environment that facilitates attracting, retaining, and developing outstanding faculty, administrators, and staff;
  • Enhances the resource base of the College via a broad range of sources;
  • Cultivates development opportunities, generates new resources, and supports development efforts of the SDSU Foundation;
  • Collaborates with health care professionals and organizations to serve the health care needs of the state’s people;
  • Serves as the College’s lead representative among internal and external constituencies;
  • Develops positive and mutually supportive relationships with alumni and stakeholders;
  • Promotes community outreach and engagement, and contributes to the health sciences community on issues of interest and concern.


The successful candidate will possess a doctoral degree in pharmacy/pharmaceutical science discipline or closely related area with a strong understanding of contemporary pharmacy and health care systems.  The Dean will have a record of accomplishments commensurate with the rank of professor in one of the academic departments of the College.           

Other preferred qualifications include: 

  • A record of visionary academic and administrative leadership and accomplishment;
  • Ability to develop and implement a bold vision for the future of the College and a proven record of envisioning, developing and sustaining innovative programs that foster excellence in teaching, increased research and service;
  • A track record of successful fundraising with a talent for identifying and cultivating clinical, industrial and academic opportunities;
  • Experience in budget preparation and fiscal management;
  • Capability to identify, recruit and retain strong leadership and faculty;
  • Ability to stimulate growth in recruitment and retention of students;
  • Ability to interact effectively with other members of the academic community and contribute to the University’s academic leadership;
  • A demonstrated commitment to quality teaching and learning, research excellence, professional service, and overall student success;
  • A demonstrated commitment to the principles of diversity, inclusion and equity;
  • A demonstrated commitment to public service and outreach;
  • Strong communicator and commitment to openness, collaboration and shared decision-making.

 Application Process

The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (letter of interest, resume/CV, and the names and contact information of five or more references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm prior to January 22, 2021.


Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Erin Raines, Principal
770-804-1996 ext. 109 or 117|

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