Job: SLA University of Maryland

Francis Hult francis.hult at UTSA.EDU
Thu Oct 18 01:42:01 UTC 2007



University of Maryland
Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL)




Language Acquisition 
Second Language Acquisition


The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL), 
established in 2003, is the nation's 10th university-affiliated research 
center. Its mission is to conduct state-of-the-science research that 
results in improved performance on language tasks relevant to the work of 
government language professionals. Work done at the center focuses on 
improving knowledge of less commonly taught languages, enhancing the 
acquisition and maintenance of foreign language capability by government 
professionals (especially at the advanced levels), advancing the capacity 
to use foreign language skills in a wide variety of government professions 
and situations and improving the quality of human language technology. 

CASL is seeking to expand its research team in the area of Second Language 
Acquisition. CASL invites applications for a research scientist to work in 
CASL's interdisciplinary research program on improving the quality, rate 
and efficiency of language training, especially to advance levels of 
proficiency. CASL seeks a scholar with a specialization in SLA with a 
strong focus on instructed SLA. The incumbent will work with a 
multidisciplinary team on research projects that enable government 
employees - especially foreign language professionals - to improve their 

Candidates must have an earned PhD in SLA or the equivalent, a record of 
research achievement on instructed SLA or issues related to the advanced 
language learner, and a strong record of publication. The center is seeking 
people who will play a leading role in the strategic direction of CASL and 
will participate in multiple research projects in their field. Candidates' 
research and publications should demonstrate the ability to tackle complex, 
interdisciplinary research and to work collaboratively with a range of 
institutions and researchers. Appointments to CASL are as a research 
faculty member of the University of Maryland. Exceptional candidates with 
national standing may be considered for tenure-track appointments on a 
limited, case-by-case basis, and subject to availability of tenure lines in 
relevant departments. 

Candidates must hold US citizenship and be willing to obtain a security 

To Apply: 
Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and writing sample to 
Research Scientist (SLA), CASL at the address given below, or visit our 
website. Positions open until filled. The University of Maryland is an 
affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are 
encouraged to apply. Questions about this position should be sent by email.

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