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Linguistic Anthropology 2017-2018

Welcome to this year’s wiki! This wiki should include only positions that begin in Fall 2018-Spring 2019.

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SEE ALSO: Cultural Anthropology 2017-2018


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Full-Time / Tenure-Track Positions[]

MacEwan University (CAN) - TT Asst. Professor of Anthropology - Deadline: 14 Nov. 2017[]

MacEwan University inspires students through a powerful combination of academic excellence and personal learning experiences. Located in downtown Edmonton, our comprehensive undergraduate university offers over 65 programs to approximately 12,000 FTE students. With a dedication to teaching excellence informed by scholarly research and creative activity, MacEwan provides an exceptional collaborative and supportive learning environment with a commitment to environmental sustainability and opportunities for community engagement and faculty professional development. The Department of Anthropology, Economics and Political Science in the Faculty of Arts and Science at MacEwan University invites applications for a Tenure-Track appointment in Anthropology, at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2018, subject to final budgetary approval.

Although the area of research specialization is open, the successful candidate must have the demonstrated ability to teach a variety of introductory and more advanced courses. The ideal candidate would be able to teach courses in any two of the traditional fields of anthropology.

Preferred candidates will hold a Ph.D. in Anthropology or a related field and will demonstrate a primary commitment to undergraduate teaching and an ongoing research program. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including recent teaching evaluations), statement of research interests, sample of scholarly work, and academic transcripts. All application materials, including three letters of reference sent directly by referees, quoting the competition number, should be sent to

Questions about this opportunity may be addressed to Dr. Shahidul Islam, Chair, Department of Anthropology, Economics and Political Science. Contact information available at:

How to Apply: Only applications received electronically will be considered. To apply, go to and select the job posting.

Thank you for your interest in employment with MacEwan University. We will be reviewing all applications to select the candidates whose qualifications and experience most closely meet our needs. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

  • Review of applications will begin on November 14, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

University of California Berkeley (CA) - TT Assistant Professor - Historical Linguistics or Language in Social Context - Deadline: 17 Nov. 2017[]

The Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, has been authorized to make one appointment in either historical linguistics or language in social context. This position will be at the rank of assistant professor (tenure-track). Salary will be commensurate with experience. Duties will include undergraduate and graduate advising, teaching (up to four courses per year), supervision of student research, and development of a successful and original research program. The PhD (or equivalent degree) is required by the start date of the appointment; all degree requirements other than the dissertation must be complete at the time of application.

Applicants must have a broad intellectual engagement in linguistics and a research specialization in either historical linguistics or language in social context. A research specialization in historical linguistics might address language change, contact, diversification, or spread; linguistic reconstruction; or relations between linguistic prehistory and human prehistory generally. A research specialization in language in social context might address social variation; bilingualism; language contact; language ideologies; social pragmatics; or language attrition, endangerment, or revitalization. Applicants should also ideally have research interests or skills that intersect with a neighboring area (e.g. anthropology or archaeology, cognitive science, computational or statistical modeling, corpus or experimental linguistics, language documentation, linguistic theory, linguistic typology, or literary analysis), and that will contribute actively to the intellectual life of a broad linguistics community. Applicants must be able to teach general linguistics courses and courses at all levels in historical linguistics or language in social context, including seminars and research mentoring.

The Department of Linguistics and the University of California, Berkeley, recognize and value contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion ( We encourage applicants, in their cover letters and statements, to discuss how their research, teaching, service, and outreach activities will contribute to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. We welcome applications from those who have had non-traditional career paths, have achieved excellence in careers outside academia, or have taken time off for family reasons.

Applications must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a research statement, a statement of teaching experience and philosophy, and copies of representative written work (1 to 5 items may be submitted). Applications must contain evidence of teaching excellence or potential (included or summarized in the statement of teaching experience). Applicants must arrange for 2-5 (preferably at least 3) letters of recommendation to be submitted through the online application system. All letters will be treated as confidential according to University of California policy and California state law. Whether letters are submitted directly or provided via a third party (e.g. a dossier service or career center), please refer potential referees to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

Please submit all materials electronically at

  • The deadline for applications is November 17, 2017; no application materials will be accepted after that date. Select candidates will be interviewed at the LSA Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, January 4-7, 2018; thereafter a few candidates will be invited for campus visits. Questions can be sent to Paula Floro at
  • Also posted at Linguistics 2017-2018
  • Rejection email: 15 out of 188 applicants will be pursued further. (12/21)

University of California San Diego (CA) - TT Assistant or Assoc. Professor - Linguistic or Sociocultural Anthropologist - Deadline: 20 Nov. 2017[]

Description The University of California San Diego Department of Anthropology invites applications for a position in linguistic or sociocultural anthropology at the rank of associate or assistant professor with a start date of July 1, 2018. Candidates must have received their PhD in anthropology or a closely related ethnographic field. We strongly prefer that candidates have received their PhD and have at least five years experience teaching or conducting research at the college or university level.

We seek ethnographically grounded and theoretically rigorous scholars whose research examines relations of power. We are particularly interested in a new colleague who focuses on: language use and regimentation; socioeconomic disparity and political ecology; formations of race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, or religion; or colonial/postcolonial relations. Geographic region is open; candidates whose area of expertise is the Middle East, Africa, or their diasporas are especially encouraged to apply. We seek a colleague who will complement and expand our department’s current conceptual, methodological, and regional strengths while communicating across disciplinary and departmental boundaries, including, when pertinent, co-teaching with departmental colleagues.

Applicants should have a robust publication record in established venues, a proven capacity for innovative and effective teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and a demonstrated capability for service in the department, on campus, and to the profession. We particularly welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

Applications are accepted electronically on the UC San Diego Academic Personnel Website .

If applying for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) position, please submit materials to:

If applying for an Associate Professor (tenured) position, please submit materials to: .

Please submit a cover letter, CV, one recently published article or monograph chapter, and a statement detailing your research and publication plans for the next 3-5 years. Applicants must also submit a statement that summarizes their past and potential contributions to diversity. See the UC San Diego Faculty Excellence and Diversity Website ( ) for more information.

  • We will begin reviewing applications November 20, 2017, and will continue to accept applications until position is filled. Salary is commensurate with experience and based on published UC pay scales.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette (LA)- Instructor of Anthropology- Linguistics - Deadline: 28 Feb. 2018 - OFFER ACCEPTED[]

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Child and Family Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette invites applications for an Instructor of Anthropology position to begin August 2018. We are seeking a candidate with a strong background in Linguistic Anthropology with interests in Indigenous linguistics, critical language policy, and geolinguistics.

Requirements: A minimum of an M.A. in Anthropology is required, Ph.D. preferred. Qualified candidates will possess demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship, and outreach. Candidates should also have experience working with a diverse student body. Preferred candidates will be able to teach a variety of courses including Linguistic Anthropology, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology of Religion, North American Indians, Digital Anthropology, and Introduction to Anthropology at the undergraduate level.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in anthropology (5/4) and advise students. This position is also expected to provide service to the department, college, university, and the community.

Anthropology Program Mission: The Anthropology Program’s mission is to provide students with a broad, behavioral science and liberal arts education based on the methodologies, theories, perspectives and cumulative findings of the anthropological sub-fields. The Anthropology Program strives to enhance student’s awareness of human diversity and diverse worldviews through education in culture, language, the archaeological past, and human biology and evolution. Anthropology endeavors to develop leaders who advance knowledge and work to improve the human condition. In fulfilling its mission, the purposes of the Anthropology program are to prepare anthropology majors for careers and post-baccalaureate studies, and to provide students with anthropological knowledge, perspective, and understanding.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state of Louisiana and the largest member of the University of Louisiana system. It is a public institution with approximately 17,000 students, over 1,500 of whom are enrolled in graduate programs. We are a Carnegie designated “Research University with High Research Activity.” Our academic community embraces diversity and inclusion. UL Lafayette serves as a hub of intellectual activity, where our programs produce scholars who advance knowledge and improve the conditions of humankind.

For more information or to apply, contact Dr. Maranda Kles, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Child and Family Studies, P.O. Box 43543, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA 70504, Application materials include a cover letter describing relevant teaching experience and teaching philosophy, CV, and a list of three references should be submiteed through the following link:

  • Application review will begin March 1, 2018
  • had a Skype interview on March 16, invited for campus visit early April (3/23)
  • Offer accepted 4/16

University of Pennsylvania (PA) - TT Asst. or Assoc. Professor - Linguistic Anthropology - Deadline: 15 Nov. 2017 - CAMPUS INTERVIEW STAGE[]

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania seeks to fill a position in linguistic anthropology at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to start Fall 2018. Specialty and geographic area are open. We welcome applications from candidates whose work employs the analysis of language as semiotic form to study large-scale sociocultural processes, such as those enabled by institutions of media, democracy, law, education, or commerce. Desired qualifications include a broad training in linguistic anthropology, a background in language-centered fieldwork that includes work in a non-Indo-European language, an established research program and publication trajectory, evidence of effective undergraduate teaching, and the ability to direct graduate research.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application and CV at Applications for the Assistant Professor position should also include the contact information of three individuals who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation. Recommenders will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit a letter to the website. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand by August 2017.

  • Review of applications will begin November 15, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.
  • AAA Interviews scheduled (11/21)
  • Has any of the interviewed candidates at the AAA have been contacted? Thanks!
  • Already on campus visit stage (1/18)

University of Richmond (VA) - TT Asst. Professor - Linguistic Anthropology / Anthropology of Language - Deadline: 15 Oct. 2017 - CANCELLED[]

The Department of Sociology & Anthropology invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position to begin August 2018. We seek a candidate whose research is theoretically rigorous and ethnographically grounded and who possesses a strong commitment to high quality undergraduate education, with a primary expertise in linguistic anthropology/anthropology of language. The candidate should be prepared to teach introduction to cultural anthropology, ethnographic methods; and advanced courses in their specific areas of expertise. The teaching load is five courses per year with small class sizes. The successful candidate will be expected to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds. The position requires that the successful candidate pursue an active research agenda. The department and university also provide the opportunity to supervise undergraduate research. In the past year, the School of Arts and Sciences has added to its current linguistics-focused language professors, three new linguistics specialists in the fields of psychology, classical studies, and Spanish language studies. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Anthropology or be ABD with an anticipated completion by July 31, 2018.

Applicants will be asked to submit a cover letter, a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available), a statement of current and planned research programs, and a current curriculum vita. Applicants will also be asked to submit the names of three references who will receive an email with instructions for submitting the reference letters. At least one of the three letters of recommendation should address teaching effectiveness or potential.

LINK to Apply

  • Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.
  • UPDATE: Search cancelled (confirmed via phone on 14 Sept. 2017).

Visiting Positions / Limited-Term Appointments[]

See also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2017-18[]

Kansas State University (KS) - 1 year VAP with possibility for renewal - Deadline: 29 March 2018[]

The department seeks applicants with specializations in teaching linguistic and cultural anthropology and additional teaching interests that complement current faculty.  This is a one year teaching position starting August 2018 with the possibility of renewal. Teaching responsibilities include six courses per academic year including Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology and other linguistic and cultural courses to be determined in consultation with the program.  At least one course will be delivered online. PhD or ABD in linguistic anthropology or cultural anthropology (with ling anth training) needed. Documentation of teaching excellence at the undergraduate level is also required.

For more information and to apply:

  • Applications will be reviewed beginning March 29th.