Seeking to Hire: Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Language Acquisition


The Linguistics Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks to hire a specialist in children’s language acquisition. The appointment will be a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level, effective July 1, 2018. The ideal candidate will have primary expertise in first language acquisition grounded in empirical linguistic research on any language(s). The specific area of specialization is open. The ability to contextualize the process of first language acquisition with respect to the discourse functional theoretical orientation of the department is an important priority. We especially encourage applicants with expertise in multiple methodologies, which may include longitudinal, experimental, field and/or ethnographic approaches, and the ability to contribute to important departmental foci, such as corpus linguistics, understudied languages, and/or language socialization. The candidate should have the potential to link the theoretical implications of their research to other subdisciplines in linguistics, and to interact with colleagues and students across disciplinary boundaries at UCSB. Candidates must have demonstrated excellence in teaching and will be expected to teach a range of graduate and undergraduate courses in language acquisition and general linguistics and to contribute to the department's undergraduate major in Linguistics as well as the minor in Speech-Language Sciences and Disorders. For more information on the department, see

A Ph.D. in linguistics or a related field is expected by the time of appointment. To ensure full consideration, all application materials, including letters of reference, should be received by November 4, 2017. The position will remain open until filled. Applicants must complete the online form at and must submit online the following in PDF format: letter of application, statement of research interests, teaching statement, diversity statement (optional), curriculum vitae, and 2 writing samples. Applicants should request at least 3 academic letters of reference to be sent directly to by the November 4 deadline. Inquiries may be addressed to the Search Committee at Selected applicants will be interviewed via Skype. 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.


Open date: August 4th, 2017
Next review date: November 4th, 2017

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: June 30th, 2018

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.