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Linguistic Anthropology 2015-2016 Welcome to this year’s wiki! This wiki should include only positions that begin in Fall 2016-Spring 2017.

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Last year's page Linguistic Anthropology 2014-2015

NEW PAGE for 2017 jobs: Linguistic Anthropology 2016-2017


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SEE ALSO: Cultural Anthropology 2015-2016 and Linguistics 2015-2016

A special request: This article highlights some interesting trends in the music theory job market, and it’s only possible because of the way academic musicians use this wiki: when they accept a job offer, they post their name, where and when they earned their PhD, and what job they’re moving from. I’d like to do something similar for anthropology, but it depends on you. If you’d like to help us understand who gets which jobs and how quickly, please consider posting your name and info when you accept an offer. Thanks! DanielG_AAA (talk) 17:44, March 21, 2016 (UTC)


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Full-Time / Tenure-Track Positions[]

Barnard College - Assistant Professor of Anthropology - Deadline: 30 Sept. 2015 - ADDITIONAL MATERIALS REQUESTED[]

The Department of Anthropology at Barnard College announces a search for a tenure track assistant professor with a focus on language, culture, or semiotics. We seek a scholar whose expertise complements that of the current faculty. We especially encourage applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBT people, people from diverse economic backgrounds, and individuals from other underrepresented groups. Barnard College is a private women's liberal arts college that was founded in 1889. For many years it was considered the women's college at Columbia University. Today, each academic discipline has developed its own relationship between the Barnard and Columbia departments. The Department of Anthropology is a joint department, meaning that the faculty from Barnard and Columbia comprise a single faculty who work together training undergraduate and graduate students, hiring and mentoring new faculty, organizing seminars and events, and on other scholarly endeavors.

  • Request for writing samples and letters of recommendation (10/21).
  • Any new news on this search, after the 10/21 request? I assume it's moved on, but there's no public movement at least.
  • Rejection (01/15/16)

Fordham University (NY) - TT Asst. Professor - Socio-Cultural or Linguistic Anthro. - Deadline: 15 Nov. 2015[]

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Fordham University invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position in socio-cultural or linguistic anthropology, effective September 2016. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in anthropology at the time of appointment, demonstrated excellence in teaching, an active program of research and publication, a commitment to teaching and service, and an enthusiasm for working effectively and collegially with a diverse student body. We seek applicants who have an expertise on race and an interest in one or more of the following areas: material culture, migration/immigration, and/or environmental politics. Geographic area of specialization is open with strong preference for Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, or South East Asia. The candidate should be able to teach anthropological theories and methods along with courses in her/his area of interest. Principal teaching responsibilities will be in the undergraduate program within Fordham College at Lincoln Center (in Manhattan), with an annual teaching load of 3-2.

  • Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample (no more than 30 pages), sample syllabi, teaching evaluations and the names of three references. We will start reviewing applications by November 15th. Applications should be submitted online at Interfolio: For questions email Prof. Hugo Benavides, Department Chair, at Fordham is an independent, Catholic university in the Jesuit tradition that welcomes applications from individuals of all backgrounds, especially traditionally underrepresented groups.

Mount Holyoke College (MA) - TT Asst. Professor - Deadline: 30 Oct. 2015 -- OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Mount Holyoke College invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant level anthropologist who specializes in classical and contemporary anthropological theory, beginning fall 2016. We are especially interested in candidates who conduct ethnographic research in sociolinguistics and the politics of language. This position has a 2-2 teaching load, and the successful candidate will teach courses at all levels of the curriculum including introduction to cultural anthropology and required theory courses for the major. Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D.

Mount Holyoke is an undergraduate liberal arts college for women with 2,200 students and 220 faculty. Over half of the faculty are women; one-fourth are persons of color. Mount Holyoke is located about 80 miles west of Boston in the Connecticut River valley, and is a member of the Five College Consortium consisting of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts.

The successful candidate will demonstrate competence in working with students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

Please submit: letter of application, CV including contact information for three referees, writing sample (up to 25 pages), one-page statement of teaching philosophy/practice (including evidence of a commitment to mentoring a diverse study body), and no more than 3 sample course syllabi.

  • Also posted at Cultural Anthropology 2015-2016
  • Request for letters of recommendation and Skype interview (11/13/15)
  • Invitation for campus visit in February (12/30/15)
  • Offer made and accepted (3/4/16)

Ryerson University (CAN: ON) - TT Assistant Professor - Deadline: Nov. 16[]

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University, in collaboration with Arts and Contemporary Studies, invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position, at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1, 2016, subject to final budgetary approval. Candidates will hold a Ph.D. in Anthropology, with postdoctoral experience preferred. Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to upholding the values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly, research or creative activities.

The areas of specialization include ethnography of communication, cultural and linguistic anthropology and cross-cultural diversity. Additional teaching interests in one or more world languages is also considered an asset, especially including any of the following: 1) any language currently taught in the Department, 2) a Canadian indigenous language, or 3) American Sign Language. The successful candidate will have the ability to contribute to both our undergraduate (BA) program in Language and Intercultural Relations, and to our Anthropology Option in Ryerson’s BA in Arts and Contemporary Studies. As well, the successful candidate will have an opportunity to join one of Ryerson’s interdisciplinary graduate programs, including the MA in Immigration and Settlement Studies, and the MA/Ph.D. in Communication and Culture.

Candidates should hold a strong research profile (e.g., evidence of an emerging scholarly record, ability to establish and maintain an independent, externally funded research program), evidence of high-quality teaching and student training, and a capacity for collegial service. Candidates who will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense are encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal. The application must contain the following: a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, 3 recent research publications, results of teaching evaluations (or equivalent evidence, such as a teaching dossier), and the names of at least 3 individuals who may be contacted for reference letters. Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. Applications and any confidential inquiries can be directed to the Department Hiring Committee Chair, Dr. Marco A. Fiola, at

  • The review of applications will begin November 16, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled.

--Request for skype interview 12/22 (x2)

University of Arizona (AZ) - TT Advanced Asst to Assoc Professor, East Asian Studies (incl. Anthro.) - Deadline: 1 Dec. 2015[]

As part of a university-wide cluster hire initiative, the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona seeks an Associate or advanced Assistant Professor in digital intercultural communication in Chinese or Korean languages. The ideal candidate will have an established and active research agenda focusing on telecollaboration, intercultural/cultural (mis)communication, social media/digital culture, digital literacy (or multiliteracies), technology enhanced language learning, digital humanities, or other areas in which digital intercultural communication in Chinese or Korean occurs. Experience in developing and writing grants in the candidate’s research areas is highly desirable.

  • Teach courses in second language acquisition, intercultural communication and other areas in the candidate’s specialization in the interdisciplinary Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) program and the Department of East Asian Studies, and partnering with colleagues across campus in the Colleges of Humanities, Education and Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Minimum qualifications: PhD in Chinese or Korean linguistics or a related field (e.g., technology studies, history of science, anthropology/sociology, communications, or education).
  • Preferred qualifcations: An established and active research agenda focusing on telecollaboration, intercultural/cultural (mis)communication, social media/digital culture, digital literacy (or multiliteracies), technology enhanced language learning, digital humanities, or other areas in which digital intercultural communication in Chinese or Korean occurs.

- first of four campus visits begin tomorrow (2/18)

University of California, Los Angeles (CA) - TT Asst. Professor - Linguistic Anthropology - Deadline: Dec. 15 (Nov. 4 for AAA)[]

University of California, Los Angeles Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure track position in linguistic anthropology at the assistant professor rank. Applicant must have Ph.D. in hand at time of application. Open to all areas of scholarship within linguistic anthropology. Preference will be given to scholarship that attends to the detailed analysis of languages, literacies, and/or situated communicative practices as related to contemporary geopolitical contexts. Areas of specialization may include global flows of languages and genres, language and health disparities, language and environment, language and politics, language and identity formations, language and unequal childhoods, and language and (dis)ability. The department welcomes candidates whose experience has prepared them to support and contribute to our commitment to diversity. (Relevant documents for committee members include the diversity statement adopted by the Academic Senate of the University of California - - and the UCLA Chancellor's Statement on Diversity - ).

Please submit your application at UCLA Academic Recruit at: Recruitment number JPF01742

Please include electronic versions of: an application cover letter, research and teaching statements, curriculum vitae, up to three representative publications, and names and email addresses for three referees.

  • For further information please contact Dr. Norma Mendoza-Denton, Dept. of Anthropology, UCLA at Review of applications will begin on October 23, 2015 and the final deadline for application submission is December 15, 2015. Applications received by November 4th will receive consideration for face to face interviews at AAA.

University of Colorado at Boulder - TT Asst Prof - Deadline: December 1, 2015[]

The University of Colorado Boulder seeks a scholar of Applied Linguistics for a tenure-track joint position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the departments of Linguistics and Spanish & Portuguese to begin August 2016. Candidate must have a record or promise of an active research agenda in one or more key areas of applied linguistics, such as second/heritage language acquisition, language ideology, or language contact and bilingualism. Candidates must have native or near-native proficiency in English and Spanish, the ability to direct Ph.D. dissertations and Masters Theses or exams, as well as teach undergraduate courses on heritage languages. PhD prior to the appointment is required. Job duties include a course load of four courses per year, teaching undergraduate and graduate linguistic courses in both departments, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and service to the University of Colorado.

Applicants must apply online at, posting #F02998 to create and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, current CV, writing sample, copies of syllabi of courses taught or proposed, and three letters of recommendation. Consideration/review of candidate’s application materials will begin December 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

After November 4th, you will be redirected to CU Careers, our new career site. In order to access this posting, please use the keyword search for posting #F02998.

  • Note: Job was initially advertised on the LINGANTH listserv. 

University of Pittsburgh (PA) - TT and Open Rank (2 Positions) - Deadline Nov 6.[]

The University of Pittsburgh, Department of Anthropology, invites applications for two tenure-stream positions in cultural anthropology, pending budgetary approval. We seek applicants for two positions (one at the level of assistant professor and one at open rank) whose research engages with: (1) medical anthropology, science and technology studies, or the intersection between these fields, or (2) circulation including shifting regimes of migration, finance, and language. Attention to issues of race, gender, and sexuality is welcome. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in the study of Latin America, East Asia or Europe.

The successful candidates will be expected to pursue active programs of field research, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and contribute to existing programmatic strengths. The appointments will begin in September 2016 and candidates are required to have degree in hand by that time.

Please submit letter of application, CV, and names/email addresses of three references online.

  • To receive full consideration, applications, including letters of reference, should be received by November 6, 2015. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The University of Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

University of Virginia (VA) - TT Asst. Professor, Linguistic Anthropology - Deadline: 16 Oct. 2015 - SEARCH CONCLUDED[]

The Department of Anthropology seeks to hire a tenure-track, full-time linguistic anthropologist at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a colleague with expertise in the rigorous, fine-grained structural analysis of speech at any level from phonetics to discourse, and who is committed to integrating this with anthropological theory in order to speak to larger questions about the nature of language and social life. We prefer a focus on language use in communities that are under-studied and under-represented in traditional areas of the academy; for example, indigenous languages in post-colonial contexts, or minority language varieties within nation-states. Geographic area and sub-topical specialization within linguistic anthropology are open, but preference will be given to candidates whose research and teaching interests complement those of the Department. This new colleague will join with existing linguistic anthropology faculty in maintaining a vibrant subdisciplinary presence within the Anthropology Department while fostering connections with other areas of the University, centrally including (but not limited to) the interdepartmental Linguistics M.A. program and undergraduate major.

Required: Candidates must have an ongoing program of research and publication with a focus on language in its sociocultural context that integrates in-depth analysis of language data with larger theoretical questions. They must also have a commitment to excellence in teaching and be prepared to teach courses that contribute to the interdepartmental Linguistics M.A. program and undergraduate major as well as to the Anthropology graduate and undergraduate programs. The appointment start date is August 25, 2016. Applicants must have defended their PhD dissertation by the time of application and must hold a PhD at the time of appointment.

Preferred: Preference will be given to qualified candidates who have an ability to contribute, through their research, teaching and service, to the diversity of the curriculum and the academic community, and who have the organizational and interpersonal skills to work productively with colleagues in other subfields of Anthropology and in other departments.

To apply, please submit a Candidate Profile to posting number 0616988 through Jobs@UVA ( and attach the following: CV, cover letter describing qualifications and research trajectory, contact information for three references, and two writing samples: (1) an article-length sample of written work that demonstrates integration of linguistic analysis with anthropological theory (attach to "Writing Sample 1" in Jobs@UVA), and (2) the front matter [table of contents, acknowledgments, and introduction] of your dissertation or, if appropriate, book (attach to "Writing Sample 2" in Jobs@UVA).

  • Priority will be given to applications received by October 16 in selecting candidates for preliminary interviews in mid-November. However, the search will remain open until filled.

QUESTION: Has anyone been contacted for a pre-interview? Or their LoR writers been contacted for letters?

  • --Haven't heard anything (11/10)
  • --Request for additional materials and letters of reference today (11/10) (x2)
  • --request for skype interview (11/17)

QUESTION: Has the search progressed at all? Am I the only one who hasn't heard anything at all?

  • I haven't heard a thing either. (3/17)
  • Letter of rejection and announcement that the search is complete. (3/18)x3

Visiting Positions / Limited-Term Appointments[]

See Also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2015-16[]