Assistant Professor of Linguistics, University of Oregon

University or Organization: University of Oregon

Department: Linguistics

Job Location: Oregon, USA

Web Address:

Job Title: Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Job Rank: Assistant Professor


Specialty Areas: Language Documentation; Language Description, Fieldwork



The University of Oregon’s Department of Linguistics invites applications for

a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Linguistics, to begin in

fall 2023. We seek candidates specializing in language description based on

primary data collection, with training and research orientation that will

further our department’s commitment to functional/usage-based approaches to

linguistic explanation. We particularly welcome applications from scholars who

are members of Indigenous language communities or from other populations

historically underrepresented in the academy, and/or whose life experience

would contribute unique perspectives. Similarly, we seek applicants who will

contribute to excellence in teaching students from diverse backgrounds at the

undergraduate and graduate levels.


Minimum Requirements:

– Ph.D. in Linguistics or a related field in hand by the time of appointment.

– Candidates must show strong promise of excellence in teaching as well as


– They should also demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence and to

diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Preferred Qualifications:

– Research: A successful candidate will have an established program of field

research on an under-described language or language family, and will possess

thorough knowledge of relevant technology and software. We are open to

specializations in any subfield that is related to the analysis of

morphosyntax and semantics. We especially welcome candidates who specialize in

the analysis of language in use, broadly conceived. This can include working

on linguistic anthropology, discourse analysis, information structure,

small-corpus analysis, or any related topic. We are also interested in

scholars who will enhance the department’s existing strengths in historical

linguistics, usage-based approaches to syntax, laboratory phonology, applied

linguistics, and language revitalization, and/or who will complement our

current expertise with other strengths such as experimental and/or

computational approaches in fieldwork. The best applications will also

highlight the theoretical richness, typological relevance, or social relevance

of their research program in one or more areas of linguistics.

– Teaching: Experience in or demonstrated commitment to undergraduate

teaching. Candidates are asked to discuss their approach to mentoring graduate



Department or Program Summary:

We are a growing department structured in its research and graduate program

around 3 broad themes: linguistic diversity & society; language learning &

technology; and language processing & human health. We share a usage-based

approach to understanding language patterns, with strengths in functionalist

approaches to syntax, language description and revitalization, historical

linguistics, experimental linguistics, laboratory phonology, language

acquisition and teaching, and variationist sociolinguistics. Most Ph.D.

dissertation research at the University of Oregon is in either language

documentation (usually describing languages not previously documented),

experimental research (including laboratory phonology, discourse studies,

gesture, and semantics), second language acquisition and teaching, and,

increasingly, language revitalization as a research endeavor. We are committed

to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our racial justice

statement and diversity action plan can be consulted at


Please complete an online application via the link below, uploading the

following materials:

– Curriculum Vitae

– Research statement

– Teaching statement

– Names and contact information for three referees. Letters will only be

requested during the interview process.

– Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) statement


Application Deadline:  (Open until filled)


Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:

Professor Spike Gildea





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2022–2032 is the International Decade of Indigenous Languages as declared by the United Nations