Human Resources

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The Human Resources Office advocates for every employee, partnering with you to fulfill your needs and your potential. Here you’ll find a wealth of information and resources, from FAQs and a Supervisor’s Toolkit to benefits and leave, designed to help you navigate our campus and your career.

Contact HR

The Human Resources office is located in the lower level of the O'Harra Building (Museum of Geology, OH 110).
Hours of operation: Monday - Friday from 7:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Phone number: 605.394.1203

Melissa Hart
Director of Human Resources

Dawn Weiss
Human Resources Manager

Nancy Feiler
Human Resources Generalist II

Amber Anderson 
Human Resources Generalist I 

Tammy Merkwan 
Payroll Specialist 

South Dakota Mines Inclusion Statement

South Dakota Mines 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.

South Dakota Mines is dedicated to promoting a safe and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff. South Dakota Mines is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR) and follows all SDBOR policies. Below are links to policies relevant to those interested in inclusion and diversity.

Harassment including Sexual Harassment 1:4:1

Equal Opportunity, Non-discrimination, Affirmative Action 1:4:4

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identity, transgender, sexual orientation, age, or disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination or other grounds unrelated to reasonable employment, educational or programmatic expectations, a person has been subjected to disparate treatment in terms and conditions of employment, in the delivery of educational services, programs or activities, or with respect to the participation in the activities of officially recognized organizations.

Inquiries concerning Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, or other civil rights laws may be directed to the Director of Human Resources:

Director of Human Resources
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
501 E Saint Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD  57701
(605) 394-1203

For inquiries concerning Title IX, visit