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Binghamton University, SUNY (NY) - TT Asst. Professor in Linguistic Anthroplogy - Dec. 9 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Anthropology at Binghamton University (SUNY) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Linguistic Anthropology to begin in Fall 2015.

The Department seeks a linguistic anthropologist who takes a semiotic approach to language and power as they relate to micro/macro political processes focusing on cultural belonging and citizenship. Of special interest is scholarship in one or more of the following areas: linguistic citizenship, participatory democracy, sociolinguistics, language and ideology, language endangerment, and/or language and gender/class/ethnicity.

The successful applicant will teach undergraduate and graduate courses as required by the Department, including introductory core courses and advanced seminars; contribute to the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences' Linguistics Program; advise students; and engage in scholarship and service. This position will contribute to the University's transdisciplinary area of excellence (TAE) in Citizenship, Rights, and Cultural Belonging. The TAE program seeks to build on several key existing strengths across departments at Binghamton University. This TAE focuses on claims to citizenship, rights, and cultural belonging, as well as the conflicts that these claims often create. Two members of the TAE committee will join departmental colleagues on the search committee. More information can be found at

Requirements: Applicants must have a PhD in hand, extensive ethnographic field experience, demonstrated teaching experience, and publications. Applicant interests should complement existing strengths in the department, particularly those of our sociocultural anthropology program.

Additional Information: It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

  • To ensure consideration, applications should be received by December 9, 2014. Formal review of applications will begin in December 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Applications consisting of a cover letter addressing teaching and research experience, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references must be sent electronically by visiting In addition, hard copies should be sent to: Chair, Linguistic Anthropology Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, Binghamton University, P.O. Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000. Questions about the position may be directed to:
    • 11/23/14. Request received for more materials. x4
    • 12/17/14. I got a request to contact references through the Binghamton site, but had not previously received a request for more materials. Not sure what that means about the process.
    • 2/7: Have interview or campus visit invites been issued for this position yet? Is it still open?
    • 2/9 Still open. 
    • 2/10: Great. Just so I know where I stand, have interviews or campus visits already taken place? Thanks.
    • 2/11 campus visits scheduled
    • 3/31 Has an offer been made yet?
    • 3/31 Any updates?
    • 4/6 Offer made and accepted

Montclair State University (NJ) - Linguistic Anthropology - New Deadline: Dec. 15 - CAMPUS INTERVIEWS SCHEDULED[]

The Department of Anthropology at Montclair State University invites applications for a tenure-track position in linguistic anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2015. We seek a publicly engaged linguistic anthropologist whose work addresses questions of language, power, and inequality. Specialty and geographical area are open. A willingness to engage students in local ethnographic fieldwork or internship projects and an interest in applied aspects of anthropology are also welcomed. The successful candidate will be expected to teach introductory undergraduate courses in linguistic and cultural anthropology, upper-level undergraduate courses in their fields of specialization, and exhibit a commitment to service to the department, college, and university.

Candidates must have a PhD in Anthropology at the time of appointment, an active research agenda, a demonstrated excellence in teaching, and an ability to interact with a diverse student body.

  • Candidates should submit a letter of application (outlining research and teaching experience), curriculum vitae, writing sample, and contact information for three references. Please send your application to by November 15. NEW DEADLINE: December 15.
  • Rejection email received 12/17/2014 x2 (and I applaud the search committee for being so prompt, and for using my name, not "dear applicant!") 
  • Phone interviews scheduled
  • Letters of recommendation requested 12/27/2014
  • Campus interviews scheduled 1/06/2014

SUNY Albany (NY) - Asst. Professor - Linguistic Anthropology and Linguistics - Nov. 30[]

The Department of Anthropology, University at Albany, SUNY, seeks an Assistant Professor with a specialization in Linguistic Anthropology and Linguistics. The candidate will be expected to teach core undergraduate courses in introductory linguistics (including morphology, syntax, or semantics) and contribute linguistics courses to the graduate program in Anthropology (e.g. historical linguistics, language documentation, field methods, language and culture). A regional focus in indigenous languages of North America or Mesoamerica is preferred.

Requirements: The successful candidate must hold a doctoral degree in Anthropology or Linguistics, with an emphasis on fieldwork and language documentation from a university accredited by the U. S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization. Additionally, applicants must address in their applications their ability to work with a culturally diverse population.

Professional Rank and Salary Range: Assistant Professor, salary competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience

Start Date: September 1, 2015

University of Alabama (AL) - Linguistic Anthropology - March 3 - POSITION FILLED[]

The Department of Anthropology of The University of Alabama invites applications for an entry level tenure-track position in linguistic anthropology, to begin August, 2015. The PhD is required at the time of appointment. We seek a linguistic anthropologist with an active research agenda who possesses advanced skills in both linguistic and ethnographic methods. 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.

The Department of Anthropology takes a traditional four-field approach to the BA, MA, and PhD degrees, emphasizing two areas of specialization that crosscut sub-disciplines: biocultural medical anthropology and the archaeology of complex societies in the Americas. The successful candidate will be able to assist graduate students in one or both of these tracks by serving on committees, providing instruction in linguistic and ethnographic methods, and helping students prepare to do research in the candidate’s research region or language. Applicants should also have ongoing projects and plans for future research that span sub-disciplinary boundaries.

  • To apply, go to ( and complete the online application. Upload (1) a letter of application (outlining research interests, plans and relevant experience) including the names of and contact information for three references; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) examples of manuscripts (for submission as publications) and/or published articles and (4) teaching evaluations (if available). Chair of search committee: Dr. Michael D. Murphy ( and 205.348.1953) Department of Anthropology, Box 870210, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487-0210. Review of applications will begin November 18, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and actively seeks diversity among its employees.
  • Rec letters requested 11/26 (x2)
  • AAA/phone prelim interviews scheduled (2x)
  • Campus interview scheduled
  • Position offered and accepted (March 3)

University of California, Riverside (CA) - Linguistic Anthropology - Nov. 16 - OFFER MADE[]

The Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track position in linguistic anthropology beginning July 1, 2015. We seek applications from linguistic anthropologists whose anthropological research is broadly concerned with the study of language within the context of cultural and social life as it articulates with the intersections of class, race, and/or gender. Specializations in bilingualism or multilingualism are also desirable.

The ideal candidate’s research and teaching should interface with one or more of the areas of departmental strength. The successful candidate will be expected to teach lower-division as well as upper-division and graduate courses in her or his area of specialization. Candidates must be ABD at the time of application and must have a PH.D. by the time of appointment (7/01/15). Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

  • Complete applications must include a letter of application, a Curriculum Vitae, up to three scholarly writing samples, recent teaching evidence, and three letters of recommendation. Application materials may be submitted at, or to the Department of Anthropology, UC Riverside, 900 University Avenue, Riverside, CA 92521. Electronic application and submission of materials is strongly preferred. The review of applications will begin November 16, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.
  • 1/6/2015 Campus interview scheduled
  • 3/31 - heard that they have made an offer

University of California Santa Barbara (CA) - Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics - Nov. 7 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

Web Address:

Job Title: Assistant Professor in Sociocultural Linguistics

The Linguistics Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks to hire a specialist in sociocultural linguistics. The appointment will be tenure-track at the Assistant Professor level, effective July 1, 2015. We are especially interested in candidates whose research has theoretical implications bridging linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, and related areas. We prefer candidates whose research engages with the departmental focus on discourse-functional approaches to language and who can interact with colleagues and students across disciplinary boundaries at UCSB. Language area is open, although experience in conducting research on a language other than English is desirable. Candidates must have demonstrated excellence in teaching, and will be expected to teach a range of graduate and undergraduate courses in sociocultural linguistics and to contribute to the department's majors in Linguistics and in Language, Culture, and Society. For more information on the department's program and initiatives, see the department URL above.

PhD in linguistics or a related field is required. PhD is expected by the time of appointment. To ensure full consideration, all application materials, including letters of reference, should be received by Friday, November 7, 2014. The position will remain open until filled. Applicants must complete the online forms (below) and must submit the following in PDF format: letter of application, statement of research interests, curriculum vitae, and 2 writing samples. Applicants should request at least 3 academic letters of reference to be sent directly to UC Recruit by the November 7, 2014 deadline. Materials submitted via fax or hard copy will not be accepted. Inquiries may be addressed to the Search Committee at

Applicants selected for an interview will have the option of either a Skype video interview with the search committee or an in-person interview at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting in Washington, DC (December 3-7, 2014); interviews in either format will be considered equivalent.

  • Web Address for Applications:
  • Deadline: Nov. 7 2014.
  • Also posted at Linguistics 2014-2015
  • 11/21/14: Interview invitations have begun to be sent by email
  • 11/23: Does anyone know if all the invitations have already been issued? I am wondering whether if we haven't heard that means we are out. Thanks.
  • 11/26/14: Interviews have been scheduled at the AAAs or by Skype... so I assume those of us who haven't heard anything are no longer in the running.
  • 12/10/14: Campus interviews scheduled
  • Rejection e-mail received (12/12)
  • 3/6/15: offer made & accepted

University of Missouri-St. Louis (MO) - Tenured department head (subdiscipline open)- Nov 15[]

The Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Languages at the University of Missouri-St. Louis invites applications for a tenured position at the Full Professor level to begin in the Fall of 2015.  The successful candidate will serve a three-year, renewable term as Department Chair, and must provide evidence of leadership skills and three years of experience in college or university administration.  Preferred experience includes curriculum design, program-building, and outreach.

The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in a discipline related to one or more of the programs in the department, a record of outstanding scholarship and excellence in undergraduate teaching, and a tenured position at a comparable institution.  We are searching for a candidate with an interdisciplinary vision that will facilitate integration between the department’s programs and enhance the department’s existing strengths.

Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate courses at all levels of the curriculum in one or more of the department’s major fields of study, as well as in the applicant's area of specialization.

The Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Languages offers undergraduate majors in anthropology, sociology, Spanish, French, Japanese, and German, as well as minors/certificates in those disciplines along with archaeology and classical studies.  It houses two endowed professors who direct programs in Japanese Studies and Greek Studies.  A third endowed professor heads the M.A. in Museum Studies. To learn more about the department, visit

Applicants should submit the following:

  • Letter of application,
  • Vision statement for future of the department,
  • Curriculum Vitae, and
  • Complete contact information for three referees.

Applications should be submitted electronically

  • Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. The University Missouri-St. Louis is a premier metropolitan public research university and is a university of choice for undergraduate, graduate and professional students.  We welcome applicants from all backgrounds who can contribute to our educational mission.  The University of Missouri-St. Louis is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.
  • Also posted at Physical Anthropology 2014-2015, Cultural Anthropology 2014-2015 and Archaeology Jobs 2014-2015

University of Texas at Austin (TX) - Associate Professor - Linguistic Anthropology - Dec. 1 - ADDITIONAL MATERIALS REQUESTED[]

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin, invites applications for a position in linguistic anthropology at the rank of Associate Professor beginning Fall 2015. We welcome applicants with a strong record of research funding and ethnographic fieldwork, application of linguistic theories and methods to questions in anthropology with broad sociocultural implications, and theoretical innovation. Specialty and geographical area are open. The selected candidate will be expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, develop a strong research program, direct graduate research, demonstrate evidence of successful research productivity, and exhibit a commitment to service to the department, college, and university.

  • To Apply: Please submit a cover letter detailing research and teaching expertise, a C.V., a writing sample or publication, and the names and contact information for three references via Interfolio:
  • Questions about application submission should be directed to:
  • Closing Date: December 1, 2014.
  • Request for more materials (12/10)

Visiting Positions / Limited-Term Appointments[]

Rutgers University (NJ) - Visiting Asst. Professor (NTT) Cultural/Linguistic Anthropology (Deadline May 15, 2015)[]

The Department of Anthropology at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is searching for a visiting assistant professor (teaching instructor) in cultural and/or linguistic anthropology in New Brunswick, New Jersey, for the 2015-2016 academic year. The candidate will teach five semester-long undergraduate courses including Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology, Language and Cultural Diversity, Method and Analysis in Cultural Anthropology, and two other courses. Topics might include Islam, local-global systems, sexuality, medical anthropology, and law, justice, and rights. ABD candidates will be considered, but candidates holding a Ph.D. are preferred.

  • 5/19/15: Has anyone who applied to this job heard from the search committee?

See also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2014-15[]