Assistant Professor - Computational Linguistics

Job description

Job no: 498007
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Department Summary

The Department of Linguistics and Language Development at San José State University is pleased to announce a position in Computational Linguistics at the rank of assistant professor. SJSU is the only CSU campus in northern California with a dedicated linguistics department, since 1991. Situated in the Bay Area—among the most diverse regions in the world—the Department is committed to fostering understandings of language structure and use in the context of an increasingly multicultural and technological society. The Department is further dedicated to exploring societal inequities, how language contributes to those, and how such inequities may be alleviated through research, scholarship, and practice. Find out more about our department at

The Department is currently developing a Master’s of Science degree program in computational linguistics. This will be in addition to the existing certificate in computational linguistics, and may include a Bachelor’s of Science option.

This position is an excellent opportunity for those interested in launching a career as a teacher-scholar at an institution that is a national leader in graduating historically underserved students. SJSU has achieved both HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) and AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution) status. Moreover, 40% of our student population are first-generation and 38% are Pell-qualified.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D in Linguistics or a related field by the time of appointment
  • Demonstrated ability to teach courses and conduct research in computational linguistics
  • Willingness to develop a new MS degree program in computational linguistics
  • Strong commitment to teamwork and collegiality
  • Demonstrated awareness 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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to teach courses in syntax and/or semantics
  • Experience in designing and developing graduate level courses and programs
  • Evidence of both undergraduate and graduate mentoring
  • Ability to seek and secure grant funding
  • Commitment to collaboration within and across institutional contexts
  • Experience working with Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and other racially minoritized students in the classroom, and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups within higher education and the field of Linguistics shape patterns of participation and outcomes.


  • Teach courses in linguistics, especially in computational linguistics and corpus linguistics at both undergraduate and graduate levels, in addition to other linguistics and general education courses as needed
  • 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
  • Participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committee and other service assignments
  • Demonstrate awareness and experience understanding 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 advising

Compensation - Commensurate with qualifications and experience. See Benefits Summary for details.

Starting Date – August 2021

Eligibility - Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application closing date - December 31, 2020 for full consideration, open until filled.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy (1-2 pages) that describes what role faculty play in student success
  • statement of research plans (1-2 pages) that addresses the relationship of research activities to the classroom and teaching
  • diversity statement (1-2 pages) that discusses best strategies for supporting students historically marginalized in Linguistics
  • three reference letters with contact information

Inquiries may be directed to the Department Chair: Dr. Stefan Frazier, Department of Linguistics and Language Development, <[email protected]>, 408-924-4443.

The University

San José State University enrolls over 35,700 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. The university is currently ranked third 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.

Equal Employment Statement

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.

Additional Information

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.

Advertised: October 27, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled




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Posted: 10/28/2020
Application Due: 5/18/2021
Work Type: Full Time