Assistant Professor of English, Specialization in Applied Linguistics (2 positions)

Job description

Job Title: Assistant Professor of English, Specialization in Applied Linguistics (2 positions)
Location: English
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605097
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Special Information

Two 9-month, tenure-eligible positions in the English Department located on the Flagstaff Mountain campus.

Furlough/Pay Reduction Program

Northern Arizona University has implemented a salary reduction with personal flex time program in fiscal year 2021, as a result of COVID-19. It is possible for this position to be subject to this program. Details can be found on the HR website.

Job Description

The applied linguistics faculty in the English Department at Northern Arizona University invite applications for two assistant professor tenure-eligible positions beginning in August 2021.

  • Position one: Primary teaching and research interests in corpus linguistics (especially with an emphasis on spoken and/or written registers).
  • Position two: Primary teaching and research interest in second language speech (especially with an emphasis on technology-enhanced language learning/teaching).
  • Responsibilities for both positions include teaching courses in the applied linguistics doctoral program, the MA-TESL program, and the English undergraduate program. Responsibilities also include doctoral student supervision; active research; student advising and mentoring; and department, college, university, and professional service.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in applied linguistics or related field.
  • Primary research interest must be indicated as either corpus linguistics (for position one), or in second language speech (for position two), as evidenced by dissertation, presentations, and publications.
  • Two refereed publications in the research area.

Preferred Qualifications

Position one:

  1. Evidence of an established empirical research agenda in corpus linguistics (especially with an emphasis on spoken and/or written registers)
  2. Evidence of computer programming skills
  3. Ability to teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses in corpus linguistics, register analysis, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, English grammar, introduction to linguistics, research design/statistics, and computer programming for linguistic analysis

Position two:

  1. Evidence of an established empirical research agenda in second language speech (especially with an emphasis on technology-enhanced language learning/teaching)
  2. Evidence of program development experience in technology-assisted pronunciation training
  3. Ability to teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses in listening/speaking TESL methodologies, speech variation, applied phonology/phonetics, technology-enhanced language learning, programming for CALL applications, research design/statistics, introduction to linguistics, and/or assessment
For both positions, evidence of:

  1. The importance and impact of one’s research with respect to both quantity and quality
  2. Research published as single or first author
  3. Skill with quantitative methods and research design
  4. Submitted and awarded grant activity (specify whether internal or external)
  5. Ability to supervise doctoral students successfully
  6. Collaboration with graduate students on research, presentations, and publications
  7. Service to the profession
  8. Working relationships with people from a variety of culturally and racially diverse backgrounds
  9. Teaching effectiveness at both graduate and undergraduate levels

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 31,073, including approximately 23,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.

For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus and NAU-Fort Defiance as these campuses have on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.

If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.




This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment.

If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on December 4, 2020.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 605097, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

The online application must include:

1) A cover letter addressing minimum qualifications and highlighting preferred qualifications (NOTE: you must specify which of the two positions you are applying for);
2) A curriculum vitae;
3) Names and contact information for three references;
4) Your two most important research articles;
5) A list of courses taught (titles, levels, locations and evidence of effectiveness).

Other materials may be requested of finalists selected for interviews.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.




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Posted: 11/5/2020
Application Due: 1/9/2021
Work Type: Full Time