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  • Page for academic positions in Linguistic Anthropology that begin in 2013.  For jobs beginning in 2014, please see the current year's page:

Current year's page:  Linguistic Anthropology 2013-14

Last year's page: Linguistic Anthropology 2011-12

See also: Cultural Anthropology 2012-2013

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Full-Time / Tenure-Track Positions[]

Mississippi State University - Department Head - Nov. 16, 2012[]

The Department of Anthropology & Middle Eastern Cultures (AMEC) at Mississippi State University seeks applications for the position of Department Head to begin July 1, 2013. AMEC ( is a young, rapidly growing department. Undergraduates receive basic grounding in four-field anthropology. The applied M.A. program has two tracks: archaeology/bioarchaeology and cultural anthropology. Faculty areas include environmental anthropology and archaeology, human skeletal analysis, household and settlement pattern archaeology, and medical anthropology. Applied aspects include cultural resource management (CRM), forensic anthropology, isotope studies, geophysics, and human-environment interaction. The Department Head will serve on graduate committees and as major professor for a limited number of students. Teaching expectation is one course per semester. AMEC is in the College of Arts & Sciences, which includes 14 academic departments and eleven programs. The department is housed in the Cobb Institute of Archaeology ( , an endowed institute with office and lab space, a research library, a museum and a CRM office. The Head of AMEC will work in consultation with the Director of the Cobb Institute to coordinate activities and meet shared goals of the Department and Institute. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Anthropology or Archaeology and have or be eligible for tenure at the rank of Professor. Candidates should have a substantial publication record, experience with grants and contracts, and a research agenda complementing the department’s B.A. program in Anthropology and M.A. program in Applied Anthropology. Subfield, interest area, and geographic area are open. Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, statement detailing the applicant’s vision for and fit in an applied program, evidence of scholarly activity and teaching effectiveness, and names & contact information for at least three references to Chair, AMEC Search Committee, PO Box AR, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Applicants must also apply online at (PARF # 6854). Review of applications will begin Nov. 16, 2012, although applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.

Job posting at AAA

The Ohio State University - Assistant/Associate Professor - Bilingualism/Biliteracy[]

The Ohio State University
College of Education & Human Ecology
Assistant/Associate Professor
Biliteracy/ Bilingualism and Early Childhood / Elementary Education

The School of Teaching & Learning is seeking a nine-month, full-time, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor with a record of scholarship and a program of research with a focus on bilingualism and biliteracy in early childhood / elementary education. In particular we are looking for candidates who focus on young children’s development of biliteracy and bilingualism across classroom, family, and community contexts. We seek a colleague with a background in language and literacy development, the ethnography of communication, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, child language development, or related fields.

The School of Teaching and Learning values collaborative scholarship among colleagues within the School, the College, and across the University. The person in this position will seek and establish strong ties with colleagues
within and across the College and University as well as with educators in local school districts and early childhood centers. The School has a commitment to scholarship, teaching and service that emphasizes social justice, diversity, and educational equity.

Preferred qualifications include candidates who are bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and English, who have experience working in or with urban schools and communities, who have experience employing advanced technologies in their teaching and scholarship, and who have experience as a teacher of young children.

Duties include: research, teaching and service; collaborating with colleagues to expand world class scholarship agendas that focus on current and important educational issues; providing leadership to the growth of
undergraduate and graduate research initiatives including collaboration with Pre-K-12 schools and other centers; working with and mentoring doctoral students; acting as a resource to School of Teaching and Learning colleagues
with an interest in literacy education, multilingualism, early childhood / elementary education; developing on-line courses that enable further access to courses related to bilingualism and biliteracy, urban education, diversity and equity; attracting and mentoring outstanding students from around the world; other duties as assigned.

APPLICATION: Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, a statement describing their program of research, a statement regarding their teaching philosophy, the names with contact information of three references, and two representative scholarly works to:
Dr. David Bloome, Search Committee Chair
The Ohio State University
225 Ramseyer Hall
29 West Woodruff Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

Electronic applications are encouraged. Inquiries welcome by email. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2012, and continue until the position is filled. To build a diverse workforce, Ohio State encourages applications from minorities, veterans, women, and individuals with disabilities. EEO/AA employer.

University of Alaska Anchorage - Assistant Professor - Anthropological Linguistics[]

Deadline: 9 December 2012 (or "until an adequate pool of candidates has been established")

Departments: English and Anthropology (joint position)


Notes: PhD completed by 1 July 2013. 3/3 teaching load. "We seek someone with a record of ethnographic fieldwork, broadly defined, who is capable of teaching courses in linguistics and anthropology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Geographical area of expertise is open, but candidates with a research agenda involving the circumpolar or northern Pacific Rim regions, or the desire to develop one, are particularly encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate’s application will demonstrate a record of or commitment to research involving indigenous peoples."

From the advertisement: Please apply electronically at Be prepared to attach a cover letter detailing your qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests (including a description of your approach to linguistics), a writing sample (not to exceed 30 pages), a teaching portfolio (including a statement of teaching philosophy, a sample syllabus, and a sample assignment outline), and the names and contact information for three professional references. Please arrange to send hard copies of transcripts directly to Dr. David Bowie, English/Anthropology Joint Search Committee, Department of English, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage AK 99508-4614.

Also posted in Linguistics 2012-2013.

Offer made and accepted.

University of Alaska Fairbanks - Asst. Professor - Jan. 21[]

Sarah Lawrence College - Asst. Professor - Open Until Filled[]

  • Assistant professor, linguistic anthropology (Bronxville, NY). We seek an entry- level scholar-teacher whose area of geographic expertise is Insular Southeast Asia. Must have a strong methodological training in functional linguistics and fieldwork/empirical research in linguistic anthropology. Areas of research should include, language ideologies, multilingualism, language politics and planning, colonial linguistics, ethno-poetics, indigeneity and endangered languages, as well as the interface between language and ethics and the relation between communicative practices and local theories of agency.
  • The applicant must be able to teach college students and work with students in individual tutorials as well as share administrative duties. The successful candidate will develop curricular initiatives in specialized areas and must therefore have a wide background. The areas to be included: linguistic anthropology, performance studies and aesthetics, general linguistics, ordinary language philosophy and pragmatics (including metapragmatics), conversation analysis and semiotics.
  • Completed Ph.D. in Anthropology, in hand, prior teaching experience, and interdisciplinary interests required. The application should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including the names of 3 references), syllabi for two proposed courses, a sample of scholarly writing and graduate school transcripts. To apply for the position at Sarah Lawrence College, 1 Mead Way, Bronxville, NY 10708
    please go to:
    • Isn't there a tenure-track linguistic anthropologist fitting this description who currently works at this school? Anybody know the story here?

University of Notre Dame - Asst. or Assoc. Professor - Oct. 29[]

  • The Department of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame seeks a linguistic anthropologist to join our collegial, dynamic four-field department. This tenure-track or tenured position is at the assistant or associate professor level, and begins in August 2013. We are especially interested in enthusiastic scholar-teachers who can offer courses in linguistic anthropology, verbal art, pragmatics, language ideology, language socialization, language and power, language and identity, language and gender, multilingualism, or similar areas with a significant socio-cultural component. The successful applicant must be able to communicate with colleagues and students without linguistics training. 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 2013.
  • Please send a full CV, a letter of application, the names and contacts for three references, a writing sample, and teaching materials to Linguistic Anthropology Search Committee, 611 Flanner Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Closing date is October 29, 2012.
  • No word following AAA interview (12/11)
  • Skype-interviewed last week (didn't attend AAA), no word since (12/12)

Middlebury College - Assistant Professor - Nov. 1/Dec. 1[]

  • The Sociology-Anthropology Department invites applications for a tenure track position in linguistic anthropology beginning in the Fall of 2013. The successful candidate must be able to offer introductory and upper-level courses in linguistic anthropology, contribute courses to the Linguistics program, and teach courses in anthropological methods and introductory sociocultural anthropology. Geographic area is open, but preference will be given to applicants who complement existing areas within the department. Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level. Applicants must show evidence of teaching excellence and have an active research agenda.
  • All applications must be received by December 1, 2012. If candidates seek to be interviewed at the AAA meetings, all materials must be submitted by November 1, 2012. Middlebury College uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically. Email and paper applications will not be accepted. Through Interfolio, submit a letter of application addressed to Search Committee SOAN/LNGT, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, and three current letters of recommendation, at least two of which must speak to teaching ability/promise. More information at
  • 12/10 Skype interview.
  • No word following AAA interview (12/11)
    • The search committee is meeting this week to determine fly-outs (12/11)
  • Offer made and accepted
    • Search committee sent out name and current affiliation of the faculty hire with their rejection letters.  Is this typical in ling anth?
    • A: not in my experience, but I thought it was very nice. I wish more SC's did this.
  • Congratulations!

University of Toronto, Mississauga - Nov. 10[]

  • The Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, Mississauga invites applications for a tenure-stream position in Linguistic Anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor level with an expected start date of July 1, 2013.
  • We seek candidates who have a strong record of research and teaching, and ability to teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in any combination of subfields including but not limited to: Linguistic description and documentation, social interaction, language in social theory, foundations of human communication (ontogeny, phylogeny etc.). The preferred applicant will have an established program of research focusing on a language other than English (preferably a language not from the Germanic or Romance families). The successful candidate will have a PhD by the appointment start date and will be able to present evidence of excellence in research and teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to build an active, externally funded and internationally recognized research program.
  • Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All qualified candidates are invited to apply online at Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy), a statement outlining current and future research interests and three representative publications. All application materials should be submitted online. The UofT application system can accommodate up to five attachments (10 MB) per candidate profile; please combine attachments into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Submission guidelines can be found at: Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters directly to Professor Jack Sidnell, Chair, by e-mail to by the closing date, November 10, 2012. However, this search will remain open until filled.
  • We will also be holding interviews at the American Anthropological Association 2012 Annual Meeting. For applicants who plan on attending, please submit your applications by November 10, 2012.
  • 12/6 Phone interview.
  • No news following AAA interview (12/11)
  • Campus interviews were scheduled in late december
  • There doesn't seem to be any movement on this search, no?
  • Offer made and accepted

Visiting Positions / Limited-Term Appointments[]

Northern Arizona University, March 15[]

Lecturer in Anthropology. The Anthropology Department at Northern Arizona university seeks a full time, non-tenure track Lecturer position with an emphasis in sociocultural and linguistic anthropology. This is a non-tenure eligible regular faculty position focused on our undergraduate liberal studies program and anthropology major. The position includes a 4/4 teaching load, with some flexibility for revised assignment to meet other departmental needs, including curriculum development, research (especially with undergraduates), and service duties.

To apply, please send a curriculum vitae; names of at least three references; a cover letter that explains your interest in the position and addresses the criteria listed above; unofficial transcripts; and a concise statement of your teaching philosophy, experience, and approaches to a diverse teaching environment to: Chair, Sociocultural and Linguistic Search Committee, NAUANTHROPOLOGYSEARCH@NAU.EDU

Phone interviews conducted on 4/16,17, 22, and 23

Any news? 5/7


What's going on with this wiki? Seems like no one is using it. And, the someone/s who are using it seem to be deleting and re-adding material. It's a shame that it's not more of a useful resource.

I have been on the market for longer than I care to remember and this is the least helpful year as far as the wikis go. I find it hard to believe that there aren't as many people as usual on the market, so I guess people have decided to play their cards close to their chests or else the committees are very slow and uncommunicative this year. I have heard NOTHING from anywhere I applied, so it would be a relief to know if others are receiving news. Oh well. This is my last year on the market.

Response: I undid a mass deletion that completely cleared the page. I think the mass deletion was a mistake by someone in a different field trying to set up a page for electrical engineering, not sabotage. Still, yes, it would be nice if this page were more useful.

Hi- anyone heard from Middlebury or Notre Dame? What is the skype interview from 12/10?

Middlebury and Notre Dame both did interviews at the AAAs and Middlebury seems to be doing skype interviews now with people who didn't attend AAAs. No word for me from the SC after a preliminary interview either. (12/11)