Assistant Professor (Applied Linguistics)

University of Massachusetts Boston
UMass Boston

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Job Details

Job no: 516021
Position Type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Applied Linguistics
Date opened: 12 Oct 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:

Assistant Professor in Applied Linguistics with specialization in Sociolinguistics

The Applied Linguistics Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with a start date of September 1, 2023. We envision a sociolinguist who grounds their work in issues of power, equity, and justice. They will contribute through research, teaching, and service to our commitment to engage with and include culturally diverse audiences in higher education and in the New England public school community. The Department of Applied Linguistics is a critically-oriented community of scholars, researchers, and activists dedicated to understanding linguistic diversity in everyday life. We are seeking a colleague who shares these educational values and vision.

Required Experience and Responsibilities:

The candidate must have an earned PhD in Applied Linguistics by August 2023 and a strong research agenda showing how language is used to shape public policy. We seek a scholar who applies both formal linguistic and sociolinguistic lenses through discourse analysis to investigate the intersection of identities and ideologies in educational and political contexts. The candidate should have two-years plus of teaching experience in applied linguistics at the graduate level, as well as experience supervising MA theses and dissertations. We are particularly interested in a candidate whose expertise in qualitative research and experience leading collaborative research projects would benefit the growth and development of our MA research and PhD program.

Application instructions:

Applications must be received online by November 17, 2022. We request that applicants upload the following online.

  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A cover letter highlighting how their teaching, research, and service demonstrate core values of a commitment to diversity and inclusion and will substantively contribute to our culture of collaborative community-engaged scholarship
  • A succinct statement of their teaching philosophy, including how their cultural, linguistic, experiential, and/or academic background contributes to the understanding of diversity
  • Provide links to or submit up to three pertinent publications
  • Three academic letters of recommendation

We expect to invite finalists for on campus interviews. Please address any inquiries to Professor Corinne Etienne ([email protected]), Department Chair.

UMass Boston is dedicated to building a diverse faculty body committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages scholars of color and members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in the academy to apply.

The only public research university in the city, and the third most diverse four-year college in the United States, UMass Boston is a lively urban institution. According to a U.S. Department of Education Report, UMass Boston is the only large four-year public school in America in which there is a greater than 80 percent chance that two randomly selected students would have a different race, ethnicity, or U.S. citizenship status.

UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to confirm proof of their vaccination status. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons. Regardless of vaccination status, you must wear a face covering in public indoor spaces on campus.

Applications close:


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