Lecturer in Linguistic Anthropology

Amherst, MA
Mar 15, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

About University of Massachusetts Amherst:

UMass Amherst is one of the major public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts, the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.

Job Description:

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is seeking applications for a full-time non-tenure track position in linguistic anthropology. The initial appointment is for one academic year beginning Fall 2017 with the potential for reappointment contingent upon funding, and carries a teaching load of 3 courses per semester as well as duties for advising undergraduate and graduate student research projects.  We seek a candidate who can engage students with high quality teaching and has a demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.


The successful candidate shall have a strong record of research in the material and semiotic life of discourse, power, and inequality and the ability to teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses. In addition to “Introduction to Language, Culture and Society”, we seek candidates with experience and/or capability to teach courses relating to language and racism, theory and methods in linguistic anthropology, the role of language in the constitution of race, gender and sexuality, bilingual and translanguaging phenomena, and language as it relates to processes of commodification, neoliberalism, diaspora or migration.  A focus on Latino Studies, Latin America, or the Caribbean is preferred.  A PhD in anthropology or closely related field is required by time of appointment.

Additional Information:

Salary commensurate with skills and experience.

The University of Massachusetts is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, the University of Massachusetts is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the flagship campus of the 5-campus publicly funded UMass system. It is located in the Connecticut River Valley, 90 miles west of Boston and 180 miles northeast of New York City. UMass Amherst hosts nearly 20,000 undergraduate students and 4,200 graduate students, and nearly 1200 tenure system faculty. The Department of Anthropology has 18 faculty, 139 majors in the BA program and 82 graduate students working on MA and/or PhD programs.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter discussing qualifications, a CV, and the names of three referees, who will be solicited upon the submission of your application for their letters of recommendation, to http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=81961.    

Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Emiliana Cruz, Search Committee Chair at cruz@anthro.umass.edu.  Review of applications will begin on April 14, and may continue until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.  Letters and additional materials from selected candidates will be due within 2 weeks of receiving such a request.