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Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY

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Social Sciences, Linguistics
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Position Title:

Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Position Number:



Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences-Humanties



Full-Time or Part-Time:



The Linguistics Program within the Department of CLLL at Hofstra University invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor position beginning September 1, 2023. We offer an undergraduate major and minor in Linguistics, a dual-degree BA-MA in Linguistics: Forensic Linguistics, and a graduate MA in Linguistics: Forensic Linguistics. The successful applicant will teach courses in all programs.
We are seeking candidates who can teach a variety of existing courses such as forensic linguistic foundations, language and the law, semantics and pragmatics, sociolinguistics, dialectology, phonetics and phonology, morphology and syntax, corpus linguistics, cybersecurity, field methods, and discourse analysis. Candidates should be able to integrate forensic linguistic elements into all courses they teach. The successful candidate is also expected to develop their own forensic linguistic courses beyond what is currently offered. The full-time teaching load is 3/3 with opportunities for occasional course reductions and sabbatical leaves.
Hofstra is also home to the Forensic Linguistics Innocence Project and the Institute for Forensic Linguistics, Threat Assessment, and Strategic Analysis, where students are able to participate in research and analysis of live, ongoing criminal and civil cases. The successful candidate will be expected to supervise student capstone projects and internships.
Additional responsibilities include maintaining an active publication record and regularly participating on university committees and in administrative duties such as student recruitment, advisement, and planning each term.


  • Doctorate in linguistics or a closely related field. (Qualified candidates who will receive their doctorate within one year of the September 2023 hiring date will be considered.)
  • Successful candidates will have demonstrated a commitment to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion in an educational environment.
  • Because we emphasize the integration of faculty research and actual case experience in the teaching of our courses, candidates should have experience in several areas of forensic linguistics including, but not limited to: threat analysis, authorship analysis, interpretation of contracts, comprehensibility of jury instructions, analysis of voir dire examinations, plagiarism, linguistic demographic profiling, trademark disputes, authenticity of confessions, assessing interrogation techniques.

Preferred Quals Summary:

Desired qualifications include experience in U.S. civil and criminal case procedures including, but not limited to:

  • Communicating with lawyers, law enforcement, and other clients
  • Assessing and organizing investigative data
  • Choosing appropriate analytical tools and performing analyses
  • Writing formal reports and other legal documents
  • Preparing for Frye and Daubert challenges
  • Preparing various stages of testimony

Special Instructions:

Applications should be submitted electronically and include the following: (1) a letter that describes your teaching, research, and forensic linguistic experiences and interests; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) a copy of your graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be required prior to hire); and (4) a list of three recommenders with their email contact information. All applications received by December 1 will receive full consideration.


Open until filled

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EEO Statement:

Hofstra University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, administrative staff and student body, and encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community.


Working at Hofstra University

Hofstra University is a dynamic private university where students will benefit from large-university resources and thrive within a small college atmosphere.  At Hofstra, students can choose from 155 undergraduate and 170 graduate program options within the Frank G. Zarb School of Business; Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs; School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts; School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University and Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies at Hofstra University; Hofstra University Continuing Education; Honors College; Lawrence Herbert School of Communication; Maurice A. Deane School of Law; School of Education; School of Engineering and Applied Science; and School of Health Professions and Human Services. Students also benefit from small classes (student-to-faculty ratio of 13-to-1 and an average undergraduate class size of just 21 students), flexible schedules, and close proximity to the cultural and networking aspects of New York City.

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