[Tibeto-burman-linguistics] Assistant Professor position, Language Description, University of Oregon

Scott Delancey delancey at uoregon.edu
Sat Oct 22 20:32:40 UTC 2022

Assistant Professor position, Language Description, University of Oregon

The University of Oregon’s Department of Linguistics invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Linguistics, to begin in fall 2023. We seek candidates specializing in language description based on primary data collection, with training and research orientation that will further our department’s commitment to functional/usage-based approaches to linguistic explanation. We particularly welcome applications from scholars who are members of Indigenous language communities or from other populations historically underrepresented in the academy, and/or whose life experience would contribute unique perspectives. Similarly, we seek applicants who will contribute to excellence in teaching students from diverse backgrounds at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Department or Program Summary

We are a growing department structured in its research and graduate program around 3 broad themes: linguistic diversity & society; language learning & technology; and language processing & human health. We share a usage-based approach to understanding language patterns, with strengths in functionalist approaches to syntax, language description and revitalization, historical linguistics, experimental linguistics, laboratory phonology, language acquisition and teaching, and variationist sociolinguistics. Most Ph.D. dissertation research at the University of Oregon is in either language documentation (usually describing languages not previously documented), experimental research (including laboratory phonology, discourse studies, gesture, and semantics), second language acquisition and teaching, and, increasingly, language revitalization as a research endeavor. See more at: https://linguistics.uoregon.edu/. We are committed to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our racial justice statement and diversity action plan can be consulted at https://linguistics.uoregon.edu/diversity-and-inclusion.

Minimum Requirements

·         Ph.D. in Linguistics or a related field in hand by the time of appointment.

·         Candidates must show strong promise of excellence in teaching as well as research.

·         They should also demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence and to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications

·         Research: A successful candidate will have an established program of field research on an under-described language or language family, and will possess thorough knowledge of relevant technology and software. We are open to specializations in any subfield that is related to the analysis of morphosyntax and semantics. We especially welcome candidates who specialize in the analysis of language in use, broadly conceived. This can include working on linguistic anthropology, discourse analysis, information structure, small-corpus analysis, or any related topic. We are also interested in scholars who will enhance the department’s existing strengths in historical linguistics, usage-based approaches to syntax, laboratory phonology, applied linguistics, and language revitalization, and/or who will complement our current expertise with other strengths such as experimental and/or computational approaches in fieldwork. The best applications will also highlight the theoretical richness, typological relevance, or social relevance of their research program in one or more areas of linguistics.

·         Teaching: Experience in or demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching. Candidates are asked to discuss their approach to mentoring graduate students.

Application Deadline

November 30, 2022; position open until filled.

Required Application Materials

Please complete an online application (http://careers.uoregon.edu/cw/en-us/job/529423?lApplicationSubSourceID=), uploading the following materials:

·         Curriculum Vitae

·         Research statement

·         Teaching statement

·         Names and contact information for three referees. Letters will only be requested during the interview process.

·         Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) statement that highlights, in relation to the university context, (i) knowledge of, experience with, and interest in dimensions of DEI; (ii) a track record of engagement in activities that advance DEI; and (iii) plans with clear and detailed ideas for advancing DEI. Commitment to DEI can be demonstrated in a number of ways, including through teaching and research on matters related to DEI or through service that fosters DEI in a university community. Information on the UO Division of Equity and Inclusion and its goals can be consulted at https://inclusion.uoregon.edu/office-vice-president-equity-and-inclusion-vpei

If you have questions about the position, please contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Spike Gildea <spike at uoregon.edu>.

About the University

The University of Oregon is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment, and strongly encourages applications from minorities, women, and people with disabilities. Information on the Division of Equity and Inclusion and its goals can be consulted at https://inclusion.uoregon.edu/office-vice-president-equity-and-inclusion-vpei.

The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body while raising average GPAs and test scores for incoming students. The UO’s beautiful, 295-acre campus features state-of-the-art facilities in an arboretum-like setting. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 175,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, a mild and pleasant climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.

University of Oregon students and employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see: https://hr.uoregon.edu/uo-covid-19-vaccination-requirement-employee-process.<https://hr.uoregon.edu/uo-covid-19-vaccination-requirement-employee-process>

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers at uoregon.edu<mailto:uocareers at uoregon.edu> or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination<http://studentlife.uoregon.edu/nondiscrimination>.

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