Assistant Professor - Computational Linguistics and Syntax/Semantics

Job description

San José State University - San José, California
Subject to Budgetary Approval

Specialization: Computational Linguistics and Syntax/Semantics
Job Opening ID (JOID): 25119
Rank: Assistant Professor (Tenure-track)

The Department of Linguistics and Language Development at San José State University invites applications for the position of assistant professor specializing in computational linguistics and syntax and/or semantics. The successful candidate will strengthen our curriculum in theoretical linguistics as well as computational linguistics in order to better train our students to compile, process, and explain language data using computers. The successful candidate will also increase the department's research profile through collaborative projects involving various departments across campus as well as IT companies in Silicon Valley and beyond. In particular, the department is interested in candidates who can contribute to an interdisciplinary Deep Humanities & Arts initiative of the College of Humanities and the Arts that is motivated by the recognition that the arts and humanities have a critical role to play in the formative moment of the design of technology.


  • Ph.D. in Linguistics or a related field
  • Demonstrated ability to (1) apply computational/corpus methods to investigate topics in syntax/semantics or (2) develop tools and techniques in natural language processing for syntactic/semantic analyses
  • Ability to teach courses in linguistics, especially in computational linguistics, corpus linguistics, syntax, and/or semantics at both undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Strong commitment to teamwork and collegiality
  • Demonstrated wareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience



  • Interest in designing and developing graduate level courses and programs
  • Ability to seek and secure grant funding
  • Commitment to collaboration within and across institutional contexts
  • Ability to facilitate collaborative engagement with university and community partners
  • Commitment to promote Deep Humanities & Arts initiative for the College by developing a course in it.



  • Teach courses in linguistics, especially in computational linguistics, corpus linguistics, syntax and/or semantics at general education, undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Be actively engaged in scholarly activities as evidenced by seeking grants, presenting professional papers, and publishing peer-reviewed articles
  • Advise students and assist with program coordination and development
  • Serve on department, college and university committees
  • Address the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement


The normal load is four three-unit courses per semester plus advising and committee work, with course releases possible for research or other activities. A pattern of demonstrated excellence in teaching, service, and continued scholarly, professional activity, including publications in refereed venues, will be required for tenure and promotion.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Starting date: August 13, 2020.
Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application procedure
For full consideration, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests/philosophy, research plans, evidence of teaching effectiveness, three letters of recommendation, and representative publications via Interfolio to Dr. Stefan Frazier, Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Linguistics & Language Development, San José State University, San José, CA 95192-0093 by November 1, 2019. Link:

Questions can be directed to: Dr. Stefan Frazier - Chair, Department of Linguistics and Language Development at
[email protected]

Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondences.

San José State University enrolls over 33,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students are first-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university is currently ranked fifth nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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Job No: 25119
Posted: 8/23/2019
Application Due: 10/22/2019
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