[Lingtyp] Position in Indigenous Language Sustainability, University of Alberta

David Beck dbeck at ualberta.ca
Tue Oct 22 16:10:20 UTC 2019

Assistant Professor, Indigenous Language Sustainability

AR Linguistics

Competition No.  -   


Closing Date  -   

Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Alberta invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Indigenous Language Sustainability (ILS). This full time appointment is effective July 1, 2020.

Applicants must hold a PhD in Linguistics or an allied field and have experience with fieldwork and community-based documentation or ethnography of Indigenous languages, preferably in the languages of the Americas. Applicants must demonstrate evidence of peer-reviewed scholarly publications and relevant teaching. The successful candidate’s research could include, but is not limited to, Indigenous/endangered language documentation, the sociocultural dynamics of language and language revitalization, and/or development of technologies in support of endangered language sustainability.

The Department seeks candidates with extensive background in and knowledge of issues pertaining to Indigenous peoples, and experience with community-engaged research working with Indigenous communities. Successful candidates will be expected to develop an innovative externally-funded research program, supervise and mentor graduate students, and provide service to the Department, Faculty, University, and discipline. The successful candidate will also be expected to offer courses in linguistics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including courses in an area of specialization and ILS-related subfields. Qualified applicants from endangered language communities and/or speakers of languages indigenous to the Americas are especially encouraged to apply.

The Department of Linguistics (https://www.ualberta.ca/linguistics) is a world-renowned centre in the empirical study of human language, with faculty specializing in the areas of language acquisition, psycholinguistics, phonetics, phonology, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, language documentation and revitalization, and language technologies. Our faculty and students are leaders in the documentation of the languages of the Americas, and currently conduct research in locations ranging from Alaska and Alberta to Mesoamerica and the Amazon. The Department is also home to the Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute (http://www.cilldi.ualberta.ca), which hosts an  annual summer school providing basic training in linguistics, second language pedagogy, and other aspects of ILS aimed at speakers of Indigenous languages. We have also recently created a six-course undergraduate Certificate in Language Documentation and Revitalization which we expect to launch in September of 2020.

The University of Alberta (www.ualberta.ca) is one of Canada’s largest and most-respected research universities. Established in 1908, the University serves over 39,000 students in almost 400 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and has earned its reputation as one of the top universities in Canada based on strengths in teaching, research, and service to its community. The Faculty of Arts (www.arts.ualberta.ca) is one of the largest and most diverse research and teaching centres in Western Canada. The University’s main campus is located in Edmonton (www.edmonton.ca), Alberta’s capital city, the sixth largest metropolitan area in Canada with a population of approximately one million. Edmonton and the University of Alberta are situated on Treaty 6 territory and are a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Dene, Métis, and Nakota Sioux.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications in accordance with the Faculty Agreement as per the negotiated salary scales (www.ualberta.ca/faculty-and-staff/pay-tax-information/salary-scales) and offers a comprehensive benefits package (www.hrs.ualberta.ca/MyEmployment/Agreements.aspx). 

To have your application considered, please visit the online portal at https://www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/A110740475/ <https://www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/A110740475/> and submit the following: 

·       cover letter that includes an overview of your program of research and the names of the three referees (see below)

·       curriculum vitae (CV) 

·       teaching dossier that includes a brief teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and course syllabi

·       copies of up to three publications (submit one attachment under “List of Publications”) 

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application (within your cover letter). If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Applicants are expected to contact their referees and arrange to have them submit their letters of reference by the deadline via e-mail to the Executive Assistant in Linguistics, Vanessa Ianson (vanessa.ianson at ualberta.ca). Referees should include “Reference Letter—ILS” in the subject line.

All applications and letters of reference, as well as questions about this position, can be addressed to the attention of Dr. Herbert L. Colston, Chair, Department of Linguistics.

Review of applications will start on 15 December, 2019. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. 

Business Address: 
Department Linguistics 
4-32 Assiniboia Hall, University of Alberta, 
Edmonton, Alberta   T6G 2E7

How to Apply

Apply Online <https://www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/A110740475/>
Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight MST of the closing date.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.


David Beck, Professor
Department of Linguistics
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB  T6G 2E7

Phone: (780) 492-0807
FAX: (780) 492-0806


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