LINGUIST List 10.1671

Wed Nov 3 1999

Jobs: French Ling, Functional/Cogn/Typological Ling

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  1. Barbara S. Vance, French Applied Ling: Visiting Prof/ at Indiana University, US
  2. Scott DeLancey, Functional/Cognitive/Typologycal Ling: Univ of Oregon, US

Message 1: French Applied Ling: Visiting Prof/ at Indiana University, US

Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 10:29:20 -0500 (EST)
From: Barbara S. Vance <>
Subject: French Applied Ling: Visiting Prof/ at Indiana University, US

The Indiana University Department of French and Italian is seeking a
coordinator for its basic language program. The annoucement in the MLA
Job List, reproduced below, describes the qualifications required for the
position. This posting provides additional detail and background.

Although the announcement indicates the visiting nature of the
appointment, we plan, at the end of one year, to convert it to a regular
associate professorship with tenure or to a regular tenure-track assistant

At Indiana University, language coordinators may expect the same
promotion and professional opportunities as specialists in literature and
linguistics. For example, the coordinator for Japanese instruction gained
tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor on the basis of a
dossier demonstrating excellence in teaching and involvement in material
development, outreach activities in addition to pedagogically oriented
publications. The present coodinators for Spanish & Portuguese and for
German came to Indiana University as associate professors and were thus
granted tenure upon appointment.

The Language Coordinator in French has full administrative responsibility
for all first- and second-year courses, S/he supervises and guides a
staff consisting of about forty graduate student instructors (Asociate
Instructors-AIs) and is assisted by three full-time Visiting Lecturers
appointed for two-year terms. Typically, Visiting Lecturers are ABDs
bringing with them experience in material and course development and
various aspects of the coordination of foreign language instruction, as
well as course work in applied linguistics, second language acquisition,
and methodology.

The Language Coordinator in French teaches the graduate course in College
French Teaching methodology but also participates in the graduate program
in French linguistics. Indiana University's graduate program in French
linguistics is one of three autonomous tracks within the Department of
French and Italian. The oldest established such specialized program in
the United States, it is currently staffed by five faculty members: Julie
Auger (dialectology, sociolinguistic, syntax), Laurent Dekydtspotter
(semantics, syntax, second language acquisition), Samuel Rosenberg
(history of the language, stylistics), Albert Valdman (applied
linguistics, creole studies,lexicography, phonology, sociolinguistics),
Barbara Vance (history of the language, phonology, syntax). Areas of
focus, as evidenced by recent doctoral dissertations, are North American
varieties of French and applied linguistics/second language acquisition.
The French Linguistics program is closely related to the Creole Institute
which currently is involved in major research programs in Louisiana French
and Haitian Creole funded by grants from the NEH and Title VI of the
Department fo Education, respectively. These programs are conducted in
collaboration with universities and institutions in Louisiana and Haiti.
Closely linked to
the French Linguistics Program is the journal "Studies in Second Language
Acquisition" (SSLA) , arguably he premier venue in the field. In addition
to serving as AIs in the basic language program, graduate students have
opportunities as research assistants in the Creole Institute and research
project conducted by the faculty, and as editorial assistants for SSLA.
The Language Coordinator would participate in the teaching of program
courses for which s/he would be qualified and direct doctoral research.


French Language Coordinator for Fall 2000. Visiting Associate or
Assistant Professor in French with specialization in second language 
acquisition or applied linguistics to serve as coordinator of French 
language instruction in the Department of French and Italian. The line 
can be converted to a tenure track or tenured position.

Duties include: coordinating first and second-year language courses,
training graduate assistants, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate
levels, and directing dissertations. We seek candidates with a solid
publication record, outstanding pedagogical qualifications, and experience
in the coordination of basic language instruction and teacher training as
well as material development. Familiarity with current technological
supports, e.g., interactive computer assisted instruction, Internet, is
highly desirable.

Please send a letter of application, a vita, sample publications, and
references postmarked by November 15, to Albert Valdman, Dept. of FRIT,
Chair, Search Committee for French Language Coordinator, Indiana
University, Bloomington, IN 47405.

Indiana University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
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Message 2: Functional/Cognitive/Typologycal Ling: Univ of Oregon, US

Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 13:07:20 -0800 (PST)
From: Scott DeLancey <>
Subject: Functional/Cognitive/Typologycal Ling: Univ of Oregon, US

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Oregon seeks
applicants for a tenure-related position in functional linguistics,
beginning September 16, 2000. Rank is open. Salary is competitive
depending on rank and experience. The successful candidate
will have a significant record of research in functional / cognitive 
/ typological linguistics, preferably based at least in part on fieldwork
or experimental research. Evidence of excellence in teaching will weigh
heavily in consideration of applicants for the position. Ability to teach
courses in another subspecialty, e.g. phonology, sociolinguistics,
historical linguistics, is highly desirable.

Completed applications will be reviewed beginning January 1,
1999. A complete application requires a letter of application,
CV, sample publications, evidence of teaching, and three letters
of recommendation. Materials should be sent to:

 Scott DeLancey, Chair
 Department of Linguistics
 1290 University of Oregon
 Eugene, OR 97403-1290, USA

The University of Oregon is an AA/EO Institution.
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