Sep 30, 2022  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

University Information


 

Dr.  James Rankin, 19th President of South Dakota Mines

 

Vision, Mission, Values, and Strategic Priorities

Our VISION is to develop world-class leaders in science and engineering to benefit society.

Our MISSION is to educate scientists and engineers to address global challenges, innovate to reach our creative potential, and engage in partnerships to transform society.

We VALUE integrity, ingenuity, inclusion, and impact.

For the latest updates on Mines’ Strategic Priorities, please see: https://www.sdsmt.edu/About/Strategic-Plan/

2022-2023 Academic Year

South Dakota Mines is one of six universities operating under the authority assigned by the Constitution of the State of South Dakota to the nine-member Board of Regents. The statutory objective of the university is established by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota with programs and organization approved by the Board of Regents. The president is delegated to administer the operation of the university. The traditional collegial process of shared governance for the formation of policies and oversight includes representative organizations to provide recommendations to the president for implementation as appropriate.

South Dakota Board of Regents

Ms. Pam Roberts, President
Mr. Jim Thares, Vice President
Mr. Tony Venhuizen, Secretary
Mr. John Bastian
Mr. Brock Brown
Mr. Jeff Partridge
Mr. Tim Rave
Dr. Joan Wink

Executive Director

Dr. Brian Maher

South Dakota Public Higher Education Institutions

Black Hills State University, Spearfish
Dakota State University, Madison
Northern State University, Aberdeen
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Rapid City
South Dakota State University, Brookings
Black Hills State University-Rapid City, Rapid City
University of South Dakota, Vermillion

SD Mines Councils

Executive Council

The Executive Council is the principal administrative unit at the university. The council members are the President, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Director of Marketing and Communications, Associate Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students, Vice President for Research, Director of Athletics, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, Associate Vice President of Facilities, Risk, and Services, Chief of Staff, and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Alumni Relations & Advancement.

Current members of Executive Council are as follows:

RANKIN, JAMES (2018) President. BS, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology; MS, PhD, Iowa State University.

BRENTLINGER, ANN (2015) Director, Marketing and Communications. BA, University of South Dakota; MA, National American University.

DAVIS, RALPH (2019) Vice President, Research. BS, MS, PhD, University of Nebraska.

DLUGOS, JOSEPH (2021) Associate Vice President, Student Development & Dean of Students. BA, Southern Connecticut State University; MS, Minnesota State University-Moorhead; PhD, North Carolina State University.

HERMAN, JADE (2011) Chief of Staff, Office of the President. BS, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology; MS, University of South Dakota; EdD, Creighton University.

KRUEGER, PAUL (2021) Chief Executive Officer, Center for Alumni Relations & Advancement. BA, Augustana University; MS, University of South Dakota.

LUEKEN, JOEL (2014) Director, Athletics. A., Ellsworth Community College; BA, Ottawa University; MS, Northwest Missouri State University.

O’NEILL, KELSEY (2017) Associate Vice President, Human Resources. BA, University of South Dakota.

ROBERTS, JERILYN (2006) Associate Vice President, Facilities, Risk, and Services. BS, MS, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

ROBERTS, LANCE (2015) Provost & Vice President, Academic Affairs. BS, MS, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology; PhD, University of Missouri-Kansas City.

SPINDLE, WILLIAM (2020) Vice President, Finance and Administration. BS, United States Air Force Academy; MBA, Boston University; EdD, University of La Verne.

University Cabinet

The University Cabinet advises the President concerning the development of policy, the governance of the university, strategic planning, and the fiscal operation of the university. The University Cabinet consists of the President, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Director of Marketing and Communications, Associate Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students, Vice President for Research, Director of Athletics, Chief of Staff, Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Alumni Relations & Advancement, Chair of the Faculty Senate, Alumni Director of the Center for Alumni Relations & Advancement, Dean of Graduate Education, Chair of the Non-Faculty Exempt Employees Council, Chair of the Civil Service Advisory Council, President of the Student Association, Director of Information Technology Services, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, and the Associate Vice President of Facilities, Risk, and Services. The administrative assistant in the Office of the President shall serve as secretary for University Cabinet.

Current members of University Cabinet are as follows:

RANKIN, JAMES (2018) President. BS, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology; MS, PhD, Iowa State University.

BERRY, EMILY (2019) Chair, Non-Faculty Exempt Council. BA, Colby College. 

BRENTLINGER, ANN (2015) Director of Marketing and Communications. BA, University of South Dakota; MA, National American University.

DAVIS, RALPH (2019) Vice President, Research. BS, MS, PhD, University of Nebraska.

DLUGOS, JOSEPH (2021) Associate Vice President for Student Development & Dean of Students. BA, Southern Connecticut State University; MS, Minnesota State University-Moorhead; PhD, North Carolina State University.

DUSEK, JENNIFER (2020) Chair, Civil Service Advisory Council. BS, University of Phoenix. 

HERMAN JADE (2011) Chief of Staff, Office of the President. BS, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology; MS, University of South Dakota; EdD, Creighton University. 

GRINAGER, SHELLI (2019) Alumni Director, Center for Alumni Relations & Advancement. BS, South Dakota State University.

KATZENSTEIN, KURT (2008) Chair, Faculty Senate. BS, MS, Ph, D University of Nevada Reno. 

KRUEGER, PAUL (2021) Chief Executive Officer, Center for Alumni Relations & Advancement. BA, Augustana University; MS, University of South Dakota. 

LUEKEN, JOEL (2014) Director of Athletics. AA, Ellsworth Community College; BA, Ottawa University; MS, Northwest Missouri State University.

MARSHALL, CODY President, Student Association. 

O’NEILL, KELSEY (2017) Associate Vice President, Human Resources. BA, University of South Dakota.

PRICE, MARIBETH (1995) Dean, Graduate Education. BA, Dartmouth College; MA, PhD, Princeton University.

ROBERTS, JERILYN (2006) Associate Vice President, Facilities, Risk, and Services. BS, MS, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

ROBERTS, LANCE (2015) Provost & Vice President, Academic Affairs. BS, MS, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology; PhD, University of Missouri-Kansas City.

SCHUMACHER, BRYAN (1991) Director, Information Technology Services. BS, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

SPINDLE, WILLIAM (2020) Vice President, Finance and Administration. BS, United States Air Force Academy; MBA, Boston University; EdD, University of La Verne.

Civil Service Advisory Council

The civil service employees elect the Civil Service Advisory Council members. This council shall consist of five members, with the offices of chair, vice chair, secretary, and two general board members. The current chair is Jennifer Dusek.

Non-Faculty Exempt Employees Council

The Non-Faculty Exempt Employees Advisory Council is elected by the administrative employees who are exempt from the Civil Service Act of the state of South Dakota. The current chair is Samantha Harkin.

Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate consists of nine voting members, two non-voting (ex-officio) members and is chaired by the chair of the Faculty Senate. The ex-officio members are the Vice President for Research and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. All faculty members may vote in the election of representatives from their discipline, and each is eligible for election as a discipline representative. The current chair is Kurt Katzenstein.

Student Association

The Senate of the Student Association is the elected representative council for the formation of recommendations on behalf of enrolled students, including the fees charged to students and the operation of student activities funded through student fees. The current president is Cody Marshall.

Academic Organization

Academic departments at South Dakota Mines are organized as follows:

Chemical and Biological Engineering
Chemistry, Biology, and Health Sciences
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Geology and Geological Engineering
Humanities and Social Sciences
Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
Materials and Metallurgical Engineering
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Mining Engineering and Management
Nanoscience and Biomedical Engineering
Physics

Accreditation

South Dakota Mines is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the recognized accrediting agency for the north central states, through the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) process. For more information call (800) 621-7440 or visit: www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.

In addition, the curriculum in chemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society.

The following Bachelor’s of Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http:www.abet.org: chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, geological engineering, industrial engineering and engineering management, mechanical engineering, metallurgical engineering, and mining engineering.

The Bachelor’s of Science program in computer science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

 

Equal Opportunity Policy

South Dakota Mines does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, military status, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, political preference, or disability in employment or the provision of service.

South Dakota Mines is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, military/Veteran’s status, or disability. In adhering to this policy, South Dakota Mines abides by all federal and state statutes and regulations for the protection of employees against discrimination. Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to the Associate Vice President of Human Resources, South Dakota Mines, 501 East Saint Joseph St., Rapid City, SD 57701, (605) 394-1203.