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Date Last Modified: 1 May 2011


Arizona State University (Barrett Honors College)[]

  • Position: Barrett Honors College seeks to fill a full-time, multi-year faculty position whose primary responsibility will be to teach the first-year seminar. Successful applicants will demonstrate experience or openness to teaching a variety of texts using multiple theoretical/disciplinary/methodological approaches.
  • Qualifications: A PhD in any field of social sciences, (including interdisciplinary and area studies, e.g. African American studies), or natural sciences (including interdisciplinary programs, e.g., environmental science), is required. Applicants with specialties in Asia, Africa and Latin America and/or whose teaching and research engages diverse perspectives and contributes to knowledge about our multicultural society are particularly encouraged. Experience leading discussion seminars is desirable.
  • Deadline: March 4, 2011

Why is this here? Is this a linguistic anthropology position?

Colorado College[]

Position: The Department of Anthropology at Colorado College seeks a broadly trained linguistic anthropologist for a tenure-track, assistant professor position to begin fall 2011. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment, with a demonstrated specialization in linguistic anthropology and commitment to integrating subdisciplines in a four-field anthropology program. Preferred geographical focus is the New World with special emphasis on minority language groups. We seek individuals whose research and teaching will strengthen the department's offerings on language, culture and biology in contemporary and historical perspectives. Candidates should be prepared to teach introductory courses in language and culture and descriptive linguistics as well as upper division courses which focus on discourse and interactional approaches, including such areas as ideology, identity, media uses, and endangerment and revitalization. Contributions to the college's interdisciplinary programs, for example, Race and Ethnic Studies, Southwest Studies, and Feminist and Gender Studies, are desirable. Evidence of indigenous community involvement is especially welcome.

Due: Applicants should submit a letter of application discussing teaching and research interests and teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references by email ( to the search committee chair by November 1, 2010.

  • request for additional materials (11/11)
  • email notifying that list of finalists had been made and I was not on it. No mention of number of applicants or number of finalists, but reference was made to an extremely strong applicant pool and that the finalists all have considerable teaching experience. (11/12)
  • phone call scheduling a phone interview (12/9)
  • campus visit scheduled (12/21)


Kansas State University[]

Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work invites applications for a nine-month term appointment as Instructor of Linguistic Anthropology to begin August 2011. PhD in Anthropology or Linguistics preferred, ABD considered. The successful candidate will be dedicated to high-quality undergraduate education and a four-field approach to anthropology. Teaching responsibilities include three courses per semester (Fall, Spring), including introductory linguistic anthropology each semester, Language and Culture, and three additional advanced undergraduate courses.

Review of applications will begin May 31, 2011,and continue until the position is filled. E-mail your letter of application reviewing teaching experience, along with evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching evaluations), vitae and contact information for three references to the Anthropology Search Committee at <>.

position filled - June 13, 2011

Notre Dame[]

Position: The Department of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame seeks a cultural anthropologist working at the crossroads of cultural and linguistic anthropology to join our collegial, dynamic four-field department. This tenure-track position is at the assistant professor level, and begins in August 2011. We are especially interested in enthusiastic scholar-teachers who can offer courses in linguistic anthropology, semiotics, expressive culture, verbal art, ethnomusicology, or similar areas. Geographic focus is open, but excellent teaching skills, an ongoing established ethnographic research program, and strong scholarly promise are required. Ph.D. must be in hand by August, 2011.

Due: Please send a full CV, a letter of application, the names and contacts for three references, a writing sample and course syllabus to Search Committee, 611 Flanner Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame IN 46556. Closing date is October 29, 2010.

-References and AAA interview requested (11/9 x 2) ((11/11). There are 11 interview slots scheduled at AAA.

-Campus visits for finalists scheduled (12/9)

-received a very kind rejection letter indicating the "search is complete." (3/31)



Position: The Department of Anthropology invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in Linguistic Anthropology. We seek candidates who specialize in ethnographic perspectives on language use and the social life of language. The appointment will begin September 1, 2011, pending administrative and budgetary approval.

Due: Application deadline is October 15, 2010. To apply, see the NYU Department of Anthropology web site at Instructions can be found under the homepage link “Employment”.

  • request for additional materials, possible AAA interview scheduling (11/5)
  • AAA interview scheduled (11/12)
  • Position filled (1/4/2011)
  • When were the campus interviews?
  • My understanding is that campus interviews were in early Dec. But there was a transparently inside candidate. (1/29)


University of Alabama[]

Position: The Department of Anthropology of The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in anthropological linguistics beginning Fall 2011. Ph.D. is expected to be in hand at the time of the appointment. We seek a linguistic anthropologist with skills in both linguistic analysis and ethnographic methods and with an active research agenda involving a non-Indo-European language. Topical and geographic specializations are open, although the applicant should complement existing specialties in the department's four-field anthropology program. The successful candidate will teach core undergraduate and graduate level classes in linguistic anthropology, as well as courses in their areas of specialization.

Due: To apply, complete the online application. Attach a letter of application (outlining research interests, plans and relevant experience) and a curriculum vitae. Send examples of publications (PDF format is desirable), teaching evaluations (if available) and the names and addresses of three references, directly to Dr. Marysia Galbraith ( ), chair of the Linguistic Anthropology Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, Box 870210, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487-0210. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2010, and will continue until the position is filled.

  • request for reference letters (12/7) (x2)
  • Any new news on this search. Can't believe that it hasn't already moved forward.
  • I got a snail mail letter from the Anthro dept. chair dated Jan. 17 asking me to fill out and return an enclosed survey card about where I learned of the position which was conveniently pre-labelled for a New World archeology search. So no news. (x3)
  • Has anyone heard anything about this search? Was it cancelled?
  • I was one of the people who received a request for letters and I haven't heard anything (4/21) (x2)
  • Job filled, offer accepted in April.


Position: The Department of Anthropology at UCLA seeks to fill a tenure track position at the assistant professor level in Linguistic Anthropology with a specialization in one of the following topical areas: (1) Language and Political Economy (linguistic minorities, multilingualism, language contact, shift, and loss; and the global flows of populations, languages, speech genres, and language ideologies); (2) Language, Mind, and Culture (socio-cultural organization of communicative practices in relation to cognition, emotion, and morality). The appointment will begin July 1, 2011, pending administrative and budgetary approval. A candidate's record should demonstrate both ethnographic and linguistic skills, display a significant body of completed field research, exhibit teaching experience, and include an earned Ph.D. by the beginning of the appointment.

Due: The Search Committee will begin discussing applications on November 8, 2010, continuing until the position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to complete their applications as early as possible to permit the arrangement of interviews at the AAA meetings. Please note that the on-line application website may close without notice at any time after November 8, 2010.

  • AAA interview request via email (11/12 x2)
  • Post-AAA interview email states that the committee will meet in early December and notify candidates of their status by mid-December (11/23)
  • Rejection email saying that a "first selection of finalists" has been made (12/8)
  • Crickets out there for anyone else? I was neither interviewed at AAA, nor the receipient of a rejection email. Anyone else in this situation? (12/10)
  • -- Yes, I am in the group described above. (12/10) <-- update: On 12/14, I received an e-mail message saying that I wasn't on the list of semi-finalists. (There was no mention of first cut, second cut, etc.; it just said I wasn't a semi-finalist.)
  • -- Yes, I am in this group, too (no rejection, no interview). (12/13)
  • Rejection email received saying I was not on the list of semi-finalists (12/13)


UMASS Amherst[]

Position: The University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks to hire a scholar in the Department of Anthropology at the assistant professor level starting Fall 2011, with a specialization in the social life of discourse and language. PhD required at the time of appointment. The Department is building on our teaching, research, and service concentration on the causes and manifestations of inequality and the promotion of social justice in the Americas. This position is part of a group of hires in these areas across the subdisciplines of anthropology.

The successful candidate will have a vision and strong record of research and teaching in issues of discourse, power, and inequality, with a specific area concentration that enhances our department’s strength in the Americas, with a preferred focus on Latin American, Caribbean, or Latino studies.

The Department has a strong preference for research that addresses the racialized politics of language: racism, colonialism, creolization; language shift, linguistic profiling, language and media, and language reclamation; the role of language and discourse in the constitution of race, gender, and sexuality; institutional(ized) discourses of education and socialization; and bi- or multilingual communities.

The department seeks candidates who: •will strengthen our curriculum in research methodologies, data collection, and analysis, and have expertise in digital technologies for working with discourse data. •demonstrate a willingness to serve linguistic communities through their research. •are integrated into the racialized communities they study, as a means to build on the strong community outreach initiative of the department. •value and encourage research and teaching across the subdisciplines of anthropology. •will strengthen our cooperation with interdepartmental programs with these same foci.

Due: We are accepting applications online at: Please include a letter describing interests and qualifications, a CV, and list of 3 referees to: Alternatively, paper submissions should be sent to Tracy Tudryn, Dean's Assistant, Dean's Office, 230 Draper Hall, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003. Application screening commences on September 30, 2010, and continues until the position is filled.

  • request for additional materials (10/8 x3) (11/1)
  • AAA interview scheduled (11/4 x3)
  • Campus visits for three finalists have been scheduled (second hand info) (12/1)
  • Campus visit confirmed (12/1)
  • Campus visits completed (1/15))
  • Job offers were extended to two candidates. Negotiations in progress (2/1)


University of Pittsburgh[]

(this one is advertised as a cultural job with a specific focus on language and culture)

Postion: The University of Pittsburgh Department of Anthropology seeks to fill a tenure-stream Assistant Professor position in cultural anthropology. Candidates' research must comprise the study of language and culture, broadly defined, and complement existing strengths in the department and in international studies at the University. The successful candidate will be expected to teach graduate and undergraduate courses, pursue an active program of field research, and contribute to existing programmatic strengths. The appointment will begin in September, 2011, and candidates should anticipate having received the PhD by that time.

Due: For full consideration, applications must be received by October 20, 2010. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The University of Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

  • Request for letters and AAA interview (11/5)
  • Writing sample requested email (12/6)
  • A=I'm not actually sure what was requested was for this position. I also received the email on 12/6 and, after discussing it with my adviser, realized that this person often requests conference papers and materials. He has done so throughout the years regardless of a search in the department. So, does anyone have actual confirmation that it was for this position?
  • Also know someone who was also requested a conference paper on 12/6 from a senior professor in the dept. Unclear whether it was for search.
  • Following a AAA interview I received a request on 12/7 for my AAA paper from the Anthro dept. secretary on behalf of a senior member of the Pitt faculty. I wrote to the SC chair to clarify and I was told it is unrelated to the search.
  • campus visit scheduled
  • offer accepted (3/22)
  • Pittsburgh once again hiring a cultural anthropologist when they would do better with a linguistic anthropologist in the position. Will they ever learn?

General Discussion, Rumors, Speculation[]

--> anyone know whether the NYU job is an outgrowth of the position advertised last year, or something new entirely?

It's related. The position last year was supposed to be tt but got downscaled as a budget cut. This year, the funding came through for the tt.

--> new info on NYU job: word is (from reliable source) that the incumbent is expected to get the position. So- not really a "real job." Congrats to her, disheartening for the rest of us, but worth knowing going in, I think.

From a reliable source--the UCLA job "isn't exactly an open search." Person refused to elaborate. Target of Opportunity only, perhaps?

In response to post above about the UCLA job: I've heard that, similar to the NYU position, there is an inside candidate. Of course the university requires a search, but it's frustrating to be an applicant in this sort of situation.

--> What happened to the Notre Dame search?

I wasn't on the shortlist, but I received a letter yesterday (3/31) indicating the "search is complete."

--> Any word on the Wake Forest visiting job?? 4/12