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LINGUIST List 25.1713

Sat Apr 12 2014

Jobs: Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics: Assistant Professor, Università della Svizzera Italiana

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <alamontlinguistlist.org>

Date: 11-Apr-2014
From: Andrea Rocci <andrea.rocciusi.ch>
Subject: Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics: Assistant Professor, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland
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University or Organization: Università della Svizzera Italiana
Department: Institute of Argumentation, Linguistics and Semiotics
Job Location: Lugano, Switzerland
Web Address: http://search.usi.ch/organizational-units/332/Istituto-di-argomentazione-linguistica-e-semiotica
Job Title: Assistant Professor in Argumentation

Job Rank: Assistant Professor

Specialty Areas: Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics


Institute Profile
The research of the Institute of Argumentation, Linguistics and Semiotics (IALS) is centered in particular on the engagement of argumentation and rhetoric in communicative practices in specific contexts such as financial communication, media, and public communication.

Research and teaching activities of IALS include: (i) the reconstruction and evaluation of argumentation in different forms of discourse and different social contexts of communication, (ii) the semantic and pragmatic analysis of discourse and dialogue in relation to the linguistic resources deployed, (iii) the integration of verbal and non-verbal semiotic resources within multimodal and multimedia communication strategies.

Candidate Profile
The ideal candidate:
- Has obtained a PhD in the Humanities or Social Sciences with a focus on Argumentation;
- Combines strong theoretical foundations with a commitment to research on socially relevant contexts of communicative interaction;
- Has one or more of the following strengths:
o has a deep knowledge of specific professional and organizational practices;
o analyzes historically significant discourse corpora and case studies;
o engages in the critical evaluation of argumentation in context and in the highlighting of best-practices;
o develops or applies argumentation-based technologies to solve real problems;
o analyzes argumentation designs and protocols aimed at maximizing the quality of decisions and interaction;
o reflects upon the educational, civic and governance implications of argumentation studies.

Job Description and Responsibilities
The candidate is expected to:
- publish in international outlets;
- acquire research funds from the Swiss National Science Foundation and/or similar institutions, and conduct competitive research;
- teach courses on a Bachelor, Master and PhD level (the teaching workload of an assistant professor encompasses 9 ECTS);
- Supervise PhD theses;
- participate actively in the work of the Faculty Council and related ad-hoc committees.

Residence and Language
The University and its core instructional programs are located in Lugano, in the Italian speaking area of Switzerland. As a full-time faculty member, the successful candidate will be expected to be in residence at least four days a week. Most of the Faculty’s graduate programs are taught fully in English or partly in English. Undergraduate courses are taught in Italian. Fluency in at least one of the Swiss languages is appreciated and fluency in Italian is required by the third year at a level that enables teaching in the Bachelor.

Salary and Contract
The offered salary is highly competitive and is defined based on rank, experience and qualifications. The terms of the contract are defined by the University Statutes

Please send your complete application in digital form (containing motivation letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, copies of up to five representative publications, and the names of three references) to Prof. Andrea Rocci (email address below).

Applications received by end of April 2014 will be given priority. The University reserves the right not to make an appointment. Start date will be in the academic year 2014/2015.

Since USI aims to increase the percentage of women in research and teaching, women academics are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: 30-Apr-2014
Mailing Address for Applications:
Prof. Andrea Rocci
Università della Svizzera italiana
via Buffi 13
Lugano 6900
Email Address for Applications: andrea.rocciusi.ch
Contact Information:
Prof. Andrea Rocci
Email: andrea.rocciusi.ch
Phone: 410586664791

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