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UMN Linguistics Faculty Search

Tenure Track Asisstant Professor in the UMN Institute of Linguistics
December 31, 2018

The Institute of Linguistics in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, regular faculty position in Linguistics, to begin Fall Semester 2019 (08/26/2019).  Application can be submitted at the following address:



We are especially interested in receiving applications from candidates with a research and teaching specialization in phonology, syntax or semantics. Appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May). Appointment will be at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, depending on qualifications and experience, and consistent with collegiate and University policy.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence in research and teaching.

Qualified applicants should have a Ph.D. in Linguistics by the time of appointment (August 26, 2019).

Candidates will be evaluated according to a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, b) relevance of their scholarly research to the department's academic priorities and fields of inquiry, c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and d) strength of recommendations.

Special consideration will be given to candidates whose research and scholarly interests complement and connect with those of our current faculty. Applicants whose research engages in the interface between subfields or who have a secondary specialization in fieldwork or experimental/computational methodologies are particularly encouraged.


About the Job

Faculty in the Institute of Linguistics are expected to carry on an active program of scholarly research and contribute to the research and training of graduate and undergraduate students. Teaching responsibilities will consist of undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as seminars and topics courses in areas of interest and expertise, and advising students regarding coursework and broader academic goals. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to service appropriate for the rank of the appointment to the department, college, university, and profession, and to contribute to outreach activities that support the department's mission.

The Standards for Promotion and Tenure in the Institute of Linguistics are available at:

The Workload Principles and Guidelines for Regular Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts are available at:


About the Department

The Institute of Linguistics is committed to excellence in graduate and undergraduate education and to the conduct of leading research in linguistics.

Established in 1868, the College of Liberal Arts supports the University of Minnesota's land-grant mission as home to disciplines in the social sciences, arts, and humanities. The College of Liberal Arts values diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives as key to innovation and excellent education. http://

The College of Liberal Arts is committed to intellectual freedom, the pursuit of new knowledge, and the belief that the liberal arts are the foundation of academic learning.  CLA prepares students to be independent and original thinkers, innovators in their chosen fields; to create meaning in their lives and in their life's work; and to become productive citizens and leaders in their communities and the world.


How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, two representative writing samples, evidence of teaching ability, and names of three recommenders.

Statements, writing samples, and evidence of teaching ability must be uploaded after the application is submitted via the “My Activities” page. Applicants should arrange for recommenders to send letters by email directly to

Priority will be given to completed application received by November 5, 2018, but applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. 

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).



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