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Linguistics - Assistant Professor - Computational Linguistics

Macalester College
Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Social Sciences, Linguistics
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

The Department of Linguistics invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor to begin fall 2024. We seek applicants with a specialization in computational linguistics. Applicants with a primary or secondary specialization in syntax, semantics, and/or morphology are especially encouraged to apply, although we will consider applicants in other subfields. We also welcome applicants with expertise in low-resourced languages to apply.  A conferred Ph.D. in linguistics or related field by the beginning of the appointment is required.

Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and evidence of scholarly promise. The normal teaching load is 5 courses/year. Two of the five courses will be cross-listed with the Department of Math, Statistics, and Computer Science.  The new faculty member will design a new set of courses, but may be asked to teach preexisting courses in rotation with the other faculty in the Linguistics Department.

To apply to this position, please submit the following materials to Academic Jobs Online (

  1. curriculum vitae (CV)
  2. two letters of recommendation – at least one of which discusses your potential as a teacher
  3. DEI Statement: a statement of your experience in, commitment to, and vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Discuss contributions to DEI initiatives in your teaching, advising and mentorship, curriculum, scholarship, service, and/or community and professional engagement. Strong candidates will have experience and vision regarding teaching and mentorship of students of multiple and diverse backgrounds with attention to structural barriers that limit access to educational opportunities.
  4. teaching statement: a statement of your experience in, commitment to, and vision for teaching undergraduate students. Discuss pedagogical approaches (e.g., inclusive teaching, active and innovative teaching strategies, assessment of learning outcomes), future teaching development goals, and courses you would be passionate to teach or introduce into the curriculum.
  5. research statement: a statement of your contributions to the scholarly field and future research goals. Highlight professional engagement in the field through journal publications, conference presentations, and/or software development as well as ongoing publishable projects. Describe your current and immediate future research projects. The strongest candidates will have enthusiasm and a feasible plan for incorporating undergraduate students in their future research.
  6. a cover letter (2-3 pages, no more than three pages) that provides an executive summary of your:
    1. specific interest in joining the Linguistics Department at Macalester College
    2. training and experience in linguistics, particularly if you do not have a Ph.D. in Linguistics
    3. experience in, commitment to, and vision for DEI
    4. experience in, commitment to, and vision for teaching undergraduate students
    5. contributions to the scholarly field and future research goals

Application materials should be written to be accessible to all members of the search committee (including Linguistics and non-Linguistics faculty and undergraduate students), as well as the college Provost and Dean of the Faculty.

For any questions about the position, please contact the chair of the search committee, Professor Christina Esposito ( Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by October 1, 2023.

Macalester College is a highly selective, private liberal arts college located in the vibrant Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, which has a population of approximately three million and is home to numerous colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota. Macalester’s diverse student body comprises over 1900 undergraduates from 49 states and the District of Columbia and over 90 nations. The College maintains a longstanding commitment to academic excellence with a special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. As an equal opportunity employer supportive of affirmative efforts to achieve diversity among its faculty, Macalester College strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

Please note that candidates who are invited for a campus interview will be required to complete faculty screening questions, and offers of employment are contingent upon a successful criminal background check at the time of offer. Additionally, finalist candidates will be asked for additional references.


Working for Macalester College 

Since its founding in 1874, Macalester has provided students the inspiration, insight and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Classes are taught by faculty whose passion is teaching and whose scholarship gains national recognition.
Two great cities at your doorstep. Macalester is nestled in a lovely, residential neighborhood–minutes from downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis–which offers students a wealth of internship opportunities in business, finance, medicine, government, law, the arts, and more.

Macalester students are citizens of over 90 countries.

Our faculty earned their advanced degrees from some of the best schools in the world, and they remain thought-leaders in their fields

Macalester students enjoy a wealth of resources for research on and off campus–specialized laboratories, libraries, museum collections, distinct population groups for surveys, even a natural history center. Often students undertake research that makes real contributions to their discipline. They publish papers in scholarly journals, participate in conferences, and provide analysis for policy makers and real-world use.


Macalester is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college with an educational program known for its high standards for scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.

Statement of Purpose and Belief

At Macalester College we believe that education is a fundamentally transforming experience. As a community of learners, the possibilities for this personal, social, and intellectual transformation extend to us all. We affirm the importance of the intellectual growth of the students, staff and faculty through individual and collaborative endeavor. We believe that this can best be achieved through an environment that values the diverse cultures of our world and recognizes our responsibility to provide a supportive and respectful environment for students, staff and faculty of all cultures and backgrounds.

We expect students to develop a broad understanding of the liberal arts while they are at Macalester. Students should follow a primary course of study in order to acquire an understanding of disciplinary theory and methodology; they should be able to apply their understanding of theories to address problems in the larger community. Students should develop the ability to use information and communication resources effectively, be adept at critical, analytical and logical thinking, and express themselves well in both oral and written forms. Finally, students should be prepared to take responsibility for their personal, social and intellectual choices.

We believe that the benefit of the educational experience at Macalester is the development of individuals who make informed judgments and interpretations of the broader world around them and choose actions or beliefs for which they are willing to be held accountable. We expect them to develop the ability to seek and use knowledge and experience in contexts that challenge and inform their suppositions about the world. We are committed to helping students grow intellectually and personally within an environment that models and promotes academic excellence and ethical behavior. The education a student begins at Macalester provides the basis for continuous transformation through learning and service.

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