Dean of Students

We want you to flourish at South Dakota Mines. And we know, sometimes, life gets complicated: unexpected illnesses, family situations, financial strains, and academic stresses.

We’re here to help, with a wealth of resources, services, and programming, or simply an open door. From our Residence Life staff to our Veteran’s Resource Center, we’re committed to creating a healthy, engaging environment for all of our students, inside the classroom and out. 

A Message from:

Dr. Joe Dlugos,
Associate Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students

Joe Dlugos

For me, students are the best thing about South Dakota Mines.

Our staff in the Student Development Division are committed to making your time at South Dakota Mines safe, inclusive, and fun. We’ll also teach you some things along the way because we value education both in and outside the classroom.

Personally, I joined the South Dakota Mines community in the summer of 2021 because I was drawn to the supportive campus, the dedication to academics, and the tenacity in which the community handles challenges presented to them. Prior to my time here, I served in various Student Development roles at Barton College in eastern North Carolina and Concordia College in western Minnesota.

I encourage you to form relationships with our Student Development Team in the following areas and to use those resources often:

Beyond that, drop in the office, call me, or email me whenever you need. I am here for you.


Dr. Joe

Our VISION is for the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology 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.

CORE VALUES—Integrity, Ingenuity, Inclusion, and Impact.

Strategic Priorities (Goals)

  • Academic & Co-Curricular Excellence—Graduate innovative students in the fields of science and engineering who are prepared to contribute to solving global challenges and serve as leaders in an increasingly competitive and interconnected world.
  • Research & Innovation—Promote an innovative and research-driven culture that discovers knowledge and creates wide-ranging partnerships that benefit society through economic growth.
  • Outreach & Engagement—Build recognition and respect by promoting the unique achievements of our students, faculty, and staff and increasing engagement with alumni, stakeholders, and the community.
  • Campus Culture—Strive to make our campus a place where students, faculty, and staff thrive in an inclusive, equitable, diverse, and creative environment.

South Dakota Mines Inclusion Statement

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is committed to cultivating an inclusive learning environment where faculty, staff, and students can grow and succeed. We value the diversity of unique backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and talents within our community. It is our goal to promote a culture of respect, honor, understanding, integrity, and collaboration. It is through this diversity and inclusion that we find our strength. Read More Info Inclusion & Diversity at South Dakota Mines   

Mines Advantage LogoThe Division of Student Development

Statement of Purpose: Members of the Division will retain students and engage them in the development of personal qualities and skills to enhance professional and personal success in a safe, healthy and inclusive environment.  

Vision: Every South Dakota Mines graduate will be recognized as a professional when entering the workforce.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Joseph Dlugos
Associate Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students

Surbeck Center
Rapid City, SD 57701
Work Phone (605) 394-2416
FAX 605-394-6721