UC Santa Barbara’s Linguistics Department seeks to hire a Visiting Assistant Professor specializing in the linguistics of African America. Deadline: January 18, 2019

The Linguistics Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks to hire a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Linguistics of African America. The appointment is anticipated to begin July 1, 2019; an earlier start date may also be possible. The position is renewable for a second year contingent on satisfactory performance.

The successful candidate will have an active research program in any area of African American linguistics. Applicants may specialize in any subfield(s) of linguistics and in any of the linguistic varieties of Africa and the diaspora that are used within the United States and/or elsewhere in the Americas. 

We seek candidates whose research has the potential to engage with the departmental focus on discourse-functional approaches to language and who can interact with colleagues and students in one or more core areas of our department, including sociocultural linguistics, linguistic structure, phonetics and phonology, quantitative approaches, and/or language documentation and revitalization.

Candidates must have demonstrated excellence in teaching and will be expected to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in the linguistics of African America and related areas, as well as to contribute to the department’s majors in Linguistics and in Language, Culture, and Society. A strong desideratum is a commitment to the academic mentoring of African American undergraduate and graduate students as well as students from other groups underrepresented within linguistics and the academy generally. For more information about the department, see http://www.linguistics.ucsb.edu

The minimum requirement to be considered as an applicant is the completion, by the time of application, of all requirements for a Ph.D. in linguistics or a related field, other than the dissertation (or equivalent). A Ph.D. in linguistics or a related field is required by the time of appointment. Related fields that will be considered include but are not limited to anthropology, English, education, and speech and hearing sciences. To ensure full consideration, all application materials must be received by Friday, January 18, 2019. The position will remain open until filled. Applicants must complete the online form at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01420 and must submit online the following in PDF format: letter of application, statement of research interests, statement of teaching experience and philosophy, curriculum vitae, and 1 writing sample. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to submit an optional statement of contributions to diversity, especially addressing experience in mentoring underserved students. Applicants should request 3-5 academic letters of reference to be sent directly to  https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/reference. Inquiries may be addressed to the Search Committee at VAPsearch@linguistics.ucsb.edu. Selected applicants will be interviewed via Zoom. Our department has a genuine commitment to diversity and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.