Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics with a specialization in Sociolinguistics

  • Swarthmore College
  • Swarthmore, PA
  • Apr 02, 2021
Full time Languages & Literature

Job Description

Swarthmore College: Linguistics Department


Swarthmore, PA

Open Date
Mar 26, 2021


The Department of Linguistics at Swarthmore College invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor with a specialization in Sociolinguistics, broadly conceived. We seek candidates with the demonstrated ability to teach beginning and advanced undergraduates of diverse backgrounds in our introductory Sociolinguistics course, as well as electives in related areas, and potentially other core courses for the department. Starting with the fall semester of 2021, this is a three-year appointment with the possibility for reappointment. PhD must be in hand by the end of August 2021.

 The Linguistics Department is a collaborative Tri-College curricular program involving faculty and students from Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore and Haverford Colleges. All together, we have roughly 30 to 35 majors per year. The curriculum is built around the theoretical analysis of grammar with connections made to descriptive research and language documentation. Our faculty have longstanding ties to language communities in the linguistic analysis of American Sign Language, Chinese, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Navajo, Tuvan, Wamesa, and Zapotec, and we value research which engages with linguistic and cultural diversity and social justice. We maintain three faculty research labs, a Navajo linguistics library, an ASL library, as well as a general linguistics library. Classes are small, with a focus on hands-on pedagogy, and students expect an intense intellectual experience. The opportunity for collaboration with students as well as colleagues is real and constant.


Applicants must have a PhD in linguistics or a closely related field. The strongest candidates will be committed to combining teaching and research at a small liberal arts college and will be prepared to contribute to a program that combines theoretical analysis with community-based research. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to appeal to a diverse student population.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, your CV, a statement of your approach to teaching, one sample of your scholarly work, and names and contact information for three referees. Consideration of applications will begin April 12, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

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