Academic Jobs Wiki

Linguistic Anthropology 2016-2017

Welcome to this year’s wiki! This wiki should include only positions that begin in Fall 2017-Spring 2018.

Last year's page Linguistic Anthropology 2015-2016

NEW PAGE for 2018 jobs: Linguistic Anthropology 2017-2018


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SEE ALSO: Cultural Anthropology 2016-2017 and Linguistics 2016-2017


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Full-Time / Tenure-Track Positions[]

Bridgewater State University (MA) - TT Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Global Languages and Literatures - Open Until Filled[]

The successful candidate will have the ability to teach lower and upper division courses in Anthropology, including Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East as well as a new 100-level Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology course. The successful candidate should be able to teach some currently offered lower and upper division courses and add offerings in the Anthropology of the Middle East and other areas of expertise, including writing- and/or speaking-intensive courses as well as Introductory and Intermediary Arabic. The candidate is also expected to maintain an active research agenda and engage in University service.

Required Qualifications: PhD in Anthropology with specializations in linguistics and the Middle East.

Applicants should be strongly committed to excellence in teaching, advising, and working in a multicultural environment that fosters diversity.

They should also have an ability to use technology effectively in teaching and learning, the ability to work collaboratively, evidence of on-going scholarly activity, and interest in engaging students in faculty-student research as well as a commitment to public higher education.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience teaching Anthropology and Arabic at the university level preferred.

Knowledge of and possibility of teaching Hebrew.

Experience in online teaching and facility with and interest in digital pedagogies.

Posting Number: F00041P

California State University, Sacramento (CA) - TT Asst. Professor - Linguistic Anthropology - Deadline: 17 Oct. 2016 - INTERVIEWS HELD[]

The Department of Anthropology at California State University, Sacramento invites candidates for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Linguistic Anthropology to begin August 2017 (Fall). Thematic, regional, and language specializations are open, but we seek candidates whose research addresses contemporary issues and modes of analysis in linguistic anthropology, including but not limited to perspectives on language and culture, theory in social- and ethno-linguistics, language ideology, the linguistic aspects of performance, representation, identity, discourse analysis, and perspectives on the power-laden character of language. In addition, a successful candidate might have as research interests the relations among language and such social institutions and human qualities as affect, gender, sexuality, race, religion, work institutions and workplace environments, and new technologies. The individual will support and contribute to the Culture, Language and Society and General concentrations and work with graduate students in our M.A. level program in Anthropology.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Anthropology with specialization in Linguistics Anthropology by August 2017. The successful candidate will have an active research agenda and potential for excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching. S/he will be expected to teach current undergraduate lower-level, upper-division and graduate seminar in linguistic anthropology. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, student advising, service to the institution and broader community, and demonstrate a capacity to prepare students for a career in Anthropology.

For complete requirements and information about the position and application process go to Click on JOB OPPORTUNITIES and reference JOB #101720

  • Review of applications will begin on October 17, 2016. All materials must be received by this date to ensure full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Applications are only accepted through the Sacramento State jobs website located at
  • I haven't heard anything yet (11/28). They said the visits would be next week, though, so I'm assuming they've scheduled them already?

Denison University (OH) - TT Asst. Professor - Economic or Linguistic Anthropology - Deadline: 30 Sept. 2016[]

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology invites applications for a tenure-track position beginning August 2017. Ph.D. in Anthropology by August 2017 is required. We seek an anthropologist whose work is both empirically rigorous and theoretically sophisticated. Desired areas of expertise are linguistic anthropology (especially the political dimensions of language) or economic anthropology (with interests in cultural analyses of value, debt, capitalism, and globalization). Research related to Latin America (broadly speaking), South Asia, or Western Asia/North Africa is preferred. Ability to teach within a combined anthropology and sociology curriculum and a strong commitment to liberal arts education are necessary. Candidates must be able to teach social theory (classical and contemporary), a qualitative methods course, a combined introductory course to anthropology and sociology, and advanced courses reflecting both the candidate’s expertise and the needs of the Department.

The college is committed to attracting and supporting an academically and culturally diverse faculty. Candidates must demonstrate their contributions and/or potential to contribute to diversity through teaching, research, and/or service/leadership. Successful candidates are expected to maintain a productive, ongoing research program and to contribute to the continued growth of the department, the college, and the broader scholarly community.

Our department currently staffs 3 Anthropologists and 4 Sociologists. The typical teaching load is 5 courses per year. Denison University is an increasingly diverse, highly selective, private, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 2100 undergraduate students from across the nation and world. Denison offers extensive support for tenure-track faculty, including generous annual professional development funds, pre-tenure research leave after a successful third-year review, opportunities for student-faculty research collaboration, and a range of workshops and mentoring programs to develop our strengths as teacher-scholars. Denison is located 25 miles east of the state capital Columbus. For more information about Denison, see our website at

  • Completed applications received by September 30, 2016 will receive full consideration. Inquiries should be sent to Department Chair Veerendra Lele at Required Applicant Documents must be submitted on-line at

Hamilton College (NY) - TT Asst. Professor - Linguistic Anthropology - Deadline: 15 Oct. 2016 - OFFER ACCEPTED []

The Anthropology Department at Hamilton College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor, beginning July 1, 2017. We seek candidates who have developed a research program in linguistic anthropology, semiotic anthropology, and the sociocultural analysis of inequality (race, class, gender, etc.) to teach courses in those areas. We expect candidates to teach one introductory course in anthropology annually. Candidates with ABD in anthropology will be considered, although candidates with a Ph. D. in anthropology are preferred. For ABD candidates, the requirements for the Ph. D. should be expected to be completed by July 1, 2017. The person hired will contribute at least one course to the Linguistics Program annually. The teaching load for this position is four courses during the first year and five courses thereafter. Candidates should submit materials via interfolio at Questions regarding the search may be directed to Chaise LaDousa, Search Committee Chair, at

  • In order to be considered, applications must be submitted by October 15, 2016.
  • LORs requested, AAA interiew 11/3
  • ASKING: Has anyone asked about a deadline for LORs? Before/After AAA?
  • ASKING: Anybody heard anything post AAAs?
  • I heard they were at the campus visits stage. Any word?
  • 1/16: Campus visits were before winter break. Has an offer been made/accepted? Thanks for any info.
  • 1/18: Offer Accepted

Reed College (OR) - TT Appointment in Anthropology - Linguistic or Sociocultural Anthropology - Deadline: 16 Oct. 2016 - LORs REQUESTED[]

Reed College Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in linguistic anthropology or sociocultural anthropology, preferably at the Assistant Professor rank, to commence August 2017. We are seeking a teacher-scholar of Melanesia/Oceania, Southeast Asia or non-Himalayan South Asia, with research specializations in one or more of the following: kinship, ritual, myth, materiality, visual anthropology, technology, infrastructure, or extractive industries. Theoretical expertise and teaching competence should include both contemporary approaches and broader historical contexts of sociocultural/linguistic anthropology and of Western social thought. Research should demonstrate knowledge of relevant field languages and a rigorous integration of theory with ethnography. Ph.D or ABD required. Reed is on the semester system with a teaching load of five courses per year and supervising senior theses. Reed College is a community that believes that cultural diversity is essential to the excellence of our academic program. In your application materials, we welcome a description of how, as a scholar, teacher, or community member, you would engage and sustain the commitment to diversity and inclusion articulated in Reed College's diversity statement (

  • Please submit a cover letter, CV, and names/addresses for three letters of recommendation through Interfolio at by October 16, 2016. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the November 2016 AAA convention in Minneapolis. For further information, please contact search chair Paul Silverstein at An Equal Opportunity Employer, Reed values diversity and encourages applications from underrepresented groups.
  • --10/16 letters of recommendation requested

Yale University (CT) - TT Asst. Professor - Sociocultural or Linguistic Anthropologist - Deadline: 15 Oct. 2016 - ADDITIONAL MATERIALS REQUESTED[]

The Department of Anthropology at Yale University seeks to hire a sociocultural or linguistic anthropologist into a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Topic and area specializations are open, and should complement the research and teaching interests of current faculty. The Department sees particular opportunities for expansion in the areas of science/technology studies or gender/sexuality studies. The appointment is scheduled to begin July 1st, 2017. Applications should include curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, and names and contact information of three references. Letters of recommendation or copies of publications are not required at this stage. Prepare your application materials by logging in to or if you don't have an account, create one now.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, members of underrepresented groups, protected veterans, and persons with disabilities.

For questions concerning this search, please contact Do not submit applications, or application materials to this email address. Please submit your application via INTERFOLIO by using this link:

  • Review of applications will begin October 15, 2016, and continue until the position is filled.

VISITING POSITIONS / Limited Term Appointments[]

Brown University (RI) - Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Linguistic Anthropology[]

Brown University invites applications for a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Linguistic Anthropology and related fields pursuing the study of language in social context. The Department of Anthropology, the Swearer Center for Public Service, and the Cogut Center for the Humanities seek a scholar with a theoretically innovative and ethnographically rigorous approach to language in social context, who is prepared to develop engaged teaching with community partners while at Brown. The candidate will teach two courses per year in linguistic anthropology, the majority of which should also be engaged courses, broadly defined: courses that connect academic theory and practice, enabling students to gain hands-on experience working with community partners address important social challenges. The postdoctoral fellow will be supported in developing new engaged courses by the Swearer Center for Public Service. Scholars with a Ph.D. in anthropology or a related discipline within the humanities or social sciences will be considered. Dissertation must be signed by August 1, 2017. This two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship is not renewable.

Candidates should submit a letter of application and curriculum vitae via

  • Review of applications will begin January 15, 2017. The appointment will be effective July 1, 2017.

Kansas State University (KS) - Spring 2017 VAP - Deadline: Rolling - immediate screening until filled[]

The Anthropology program at Kansas State University is looking  for an instructor to teach three Linguistic Anthropology courses in Manhattan, Kansas, in Spring 2017. The classes are: 1.  Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology. 2.  Upper-level course in Linguistic Anthropology. 3. Upper-level "Language and Culture" class.

University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) - Fall 2017 Instructor - Deadline: March 13, 2017[]

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs seeks candidates for a full-time instructor appointment in cultural and linguistic anthropology, to begin in Fall 2017. This is a 9-month, academic year (August - May) position and is expected to be renewable. The initial salary for this position is ~$40,280.

We seek a dynamic teacher with the versatility to cover introductory courses in cultural anthropology, linguistics, and linguistic anthropology; a field-based ethnographic methods course; and upper-division electives in linguistic anthropology related to the candidate’s areas of interest and specialization. Areas of specialization are open. Teaching load is typically 12 credit-hours per semester, although if an instructor chooses to deliver more intensive field-based methods courses the distribution of credit hours may be renegotiated.

In the letter of application, candidates should address teaching philosophy; evidence of ability to work well with people, including those of diverse backgrounds; experience with and commitment to intellectual diversity; qualifications for teaching the courses mentioned; and research program, if any. We strongly prefer a candidate who can demonstrate the ability to integrate practical instruction on basic anthropological approaches to research, writing, and ethics into introductory courses in ways that will support students at later stages of their degree programs.