Assistant Professor of Linguistics and English

William & Mary
William & Mary
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Assistant Professor of Linguistics and English

Unit Mission Statement:

Linguistics is the study of language both as a faculty of mind and as a social institution. Linguistics at William & Mary is an interdisciplinary program. Linguistics majors learn about speech sounds, word formation, and sentence structure in the world’s languages, along with models for representing linguistic knowledge in the mind and tools for discovering the structure of different languages. They also study language change, including the history of English, and language variation within communities, including its social and political bases.

Position Summary:

The Linguistics Program and Department of English at William & Mary, a public university of the Commonwealth of Virginia, seeks applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in Linguistics. Appointment will begin August 10, 2024. We are seeking applicants with research expertise in the semantics of an under-studied language.

Duties include research, teaching, and service to the University. The applicant is expected to establish and maintain a vibrant research program that inspires a highly motivated undergraduate student body. Teaching expectation is 2 courses per semester. Successful applicants must possess the skills to teach compelling courses in semantics, syntax, computational methods, and contribute to the teaching of our introductory course.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Linguistics or a related field at the time appointment begins (August 10, 2024).

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference given to applicants with a track record of a robust program of research investigating the semantics of an under-studied language. Previous experience in teaching and mentoring undergraduate research is also preferred.

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Special Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online at Submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, a statement of teaching interests, a statement of research interests, and evidence of effective teaching . While a diversity statement is not required, candidates are encouraged to reflect on their past experiences or future plans to foster an inclusive and welcoming climate for learners/scholars in Linguistics in any of the aforementioned required documents. You will be prompted to submit online the names and email addresses of three references who will be contacted by the system with instructions for how to submit a letter of reference.

For full consideration, submit application materials by the initial review date, November 15, 2023. Applications received after the initial review date will be considered if needed.

Information on the degree programs in the Linguistics Program may be found at

Background Check Statement:

William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement:

William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. William & Mary conducts background checks on applicants being considered for employment.

Benefits Summary Statement:

William & Mary offers our employees a full array of benefits including retirement, health insurance with options for expanded dental and vision along with group and optional life insurance with coverage for spouse and children, flexible spending accounts, and an EAP (Employee Assistance Program).

Our employees enjoy additional university benefits such as educational assistance, professional development, wellness benefits, and a robust holiday schedule. All employees have access to fitness facilities on campus. Staff members also have access to the university libraries, and much more. To learn more, go to:

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