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Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Language and Cognition 2021-22, Department of Linguistics

Position overview

Anticipated start: July 1, 2022

Application Window

Open date: October 5th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Nov 8, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks to hire a specialist in language and cognition. The appointment will be a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, effective July 1, 2022.

The successful candidate will have an active research program in language and cognition and will have a record of participation and evidence of research excellence in this subfield. The area of specialization is open, but of particular interest is expertise in morphology and/or syntax and research experience with languages other than English, especially languages that are currently understudied in the subfield. Additional expertise in computational approaches to language and cognition is desirable. Engagement with the distinctive usage-based theoretical orientation of the department is expected. We welcome applicants with research interests that will contribute to departmental foci, such as corpus linguistics, language acquisition, and/or language documentation and revitalization/reclamation. We also encourage applicants who have the potential to interact with colleagues and students across disciplinary boundaries at UCSB, such as the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Emphasis in Cognitive Science.

Demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and a record of successful teaching experience in linguistics or a closely related field is required. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a range of graduate and undergraduate courses in language and cognition, experimental methods, statistics, and potentially other topics as well as to contribute to the department’s undergraduate major with an emphasis in Speech-Language Sciences and Disorders. For more information about the department, see www.linguistics.ucsb.edu.

The Department of Linguistics has a genuine commitment to diversity and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

At the time of application, applicants must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. in linguistics or a closely related field, except the dissertation (or equivalent).

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

• An active research program in language and cognition and a record of participation in this subfield
• Evidence of engagement with an exemplar-/usage-based linguistic perspective
• Evidence of research excellence as determined on the basis of criteria characteristically used to evaluate faculty achievement (e.g. record of publications, research deliverables, and professional activities, originality and impact of research, self-assessments and assessments of colleagues and/or mentors)

• A record of successful teaching experience in linguistics or a closely related field as determined on the basis of criteria characteristically used to evaluate faculty performance in teaching (e.g. breadth and depth of instructional experience in areas germane to the position, student evaluations, self-assessments and assessments of colleagues and/or mentors).

Preferred qualifications

• Expertise in morphology and/or syntax
• Research experience with languages other than English, especially languages that are currently understudied in the subfield
• Expertise in computational approaches to language and cognition
• Potential to contribute to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

    The diversity statements will be reviewed for evidence of teaching, research, professional and/or public service contributions that promote diversity and equal opportunity, such as effective strategies used for the educational advancement of students in various under-represented groups; demonstrated contributions to the advancement of equitable access and diversity in education; and contributions furthering diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through participation in such activities as recruitment, retention, and mentoring of scholars and students.

  • Misc / Additional - 2 Writing Samples

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 letters of reference required

Applicants will be asked to name 3-4 references, and the applicant must request letters to complete their application.

Apply link: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF02065

Help contact: languageandcognitionsearch@linguistics.ucsb.edu

Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/SARS-CoV-2_Covid-19. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA