Inst/Ast Professor - Fixed Term
Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan

Job no: 772033
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: Linguistics, Languages, And Cultures 10004543
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Union
Working/Functional Title

Inst/Ast Professor - Fixed Term

Position Summary

The Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures is seeking a full-time Instructor or Assistant Professor of Linguistics, specializing in Phonology. This is a three-year fixed-term position for academic years 2022-2025, starting August 16, 2022. A Master's degree or equivalent in Linguistics is required for the Instructor position; a PhD for the Assistant Professor position. All degrees must be conferred by the time of appointment. Advanced PhD candidates are encouraged to apply.

The selected candidate will have a teaching load of 5 courses per academic year. They will teach undergraduate and graduate Phonology courses. Depending on the program's needs and the candidate's qualifications, they will also teach one or more undergraduate courses in Phonetics, Data Analysis, Introduction to Linguistics, or Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities. In addition to the above teaching load, 17% of the contract will be allocated to research advising; therefore, the candidate should have an active research program in Phonology so that they can (i) participate in the Phonology and Phonetics research group; (ii) be available for consultation with graduate students on their research; (iii) advise up to 2 undergraduate senior theses per year.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Phonology

Minimum Requirements

MA or equivalent degree in Linguistics, specializing in Phonology. Doctorate for Ast Prof rank

Desired Qualifications
  • ABD or Ph.D in Linguistics at the time of appointment.
  • College-level teaching experience is preferred.
  • Active research program in Phonology.
Required Application Materials
  • A maximum 2-page cover letter with a summary of teaching experience as it relates to this position's requirements.
  • A teaching document (e.g. a sample assignment, syllabus, lecture slides) that you have previously used or would like to use for an undergraduate course in Phonology.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • A 1-page summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in your past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring a diverse student body or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence.
  • Names and email addresses of three recommenders.

    Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a Zoom interview.

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Review of applications will begin May 6, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website For more information, contact Karthik Durvasula, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures at

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Department Statement

The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.

The Department of Linguistics, Language, and Cultures has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and encourages candidates from underrepresented groups. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College of Arts & Letters' distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and values diversity and inclusion as essential to achieving excellence.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Apr 15, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Apr 15, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

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