Assistant Professor for Native American/Indigenous Linguistics

Boulder, Colorado
Nov 13, 2020
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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12-Nov-2020 Close All Job SummaryThe Department of Linguistics at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor in Linguistics, appointment beginning August 2021. We seek a specialist in one or more Native American/Indigenous languages of North America who (a) combines this focus with research interests in a major subfield of linguistics and (b) shows evidence of innovative research and a strong potential to contribute to the Department’s teaching mission. We especially welcome applications from scholars who:
  • engage in community-based research;
  • share the Department's commitment to cognitive-functional and usage-based explanation, data-intensive/quantitative research methods, and interdisciplinary training/scholarship.
Responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate teaching, research and service. Standard teaching load is 3 courses per year. Our interview processes at all levels will be conducted virtually. The PhD must be in hand by August 21, 2021; otherwise, the hire will be at the Instructor level.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Who We AreThe Department of Linguistics at the University of Colorado Boulder is a major center of interdisciplinary research in cognitive-functional linguistics, computational linguistics, language documentation, psycholinguistics and experimental linguistics, and sociocultural linguistics. Colorado Linguistics had a strong tradition of research in Native American languages of the West. It is home to the Center for Study of Indigenous Languages and has close ties to CU’s interdisciplinary Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies. Colorado Linguistics is ranked 9th among AAU public linguistics programs, based on its Academic Analytics scholarly research Index. It offers a range of research programs targeting properties of language in use. The Department strongly supports empirical and ethnographic approaches to linguistic study. Analysis of video and audio data (typically conversational data), acoustic measurements of speech, computational modeling and statistical analysis, psycholinguistic experimentation and fieldwork in local communities and abroad all contribute to department research. The Department offers the BA, MA , MS and PhD degrees, as well as an array of certificate programs. It currently has 12 tenured or tenure-track faculty, about 130 majors and about 50 graduate students.What Your Key Responsibilities Will BeCandidates will be expected to engage in undergraduate and graduate teaching, advise Ph.D. students, contribute professional service, and develop robust research programs in their research area(s). The standard teaching load is 3 courses per year.What You Should KnowQuestions pertaining to job qualifications should be directed to the chair of the hiring committee, Laura Michaelis-Cummings ([email protected]).
Questions concerning the application process should be directed to Boulder Campus Human Resources ([email protected]).What We Can OfferThe salary range for this position is $75,000 - $85,000. This appointment is provided funding for moving and/or start-up cost.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join CU’s interdisciplinary Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies (CNAIS) as affiliated or core faculty, as well as the Linguistics department’s Center for the Study of Indigenous Languages.BenefitsThe University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.Be StatementsBe Dynamic. Be Supportive. Be Boulder.What We RequireThe PhD should be in hand by August 2021; otherwise, the hire will be at the Instructor level.What You Will NeedSuccessful candidates will have an in-depth understanding of their research area and of Native American linguistics in general, including the use of archival methods. Teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level could include introductory and elective classes like Languages of the World, survey and structure courses about Native American languages, theoretical courses (e.g., syntactic theory) and research seminars.What We Would Like You To HaveIntensive community-based research and engagement is a plus.Special InstructionsTo apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Sample of Work (Publication Optional)
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  5. Statement of Research Philosophy
  6. Diversity and Inclusion Statement: In the diversity/inclusion statement, we would be interested in learning about your relationship with the communities (whose languages) you work with.
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references and we will request letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.
Applications received by January 22, 2021 will be given full consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.Posting Contact InformationPosting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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