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Sun Sep 10 1995

Jobs: Test development, Japanese

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Message 1: Job Announcement for Linguists

Date: Sat, 09 Sep 1995 09:07:33 Job Announcement for Linguists
From: "tim habick" <>
Subject: Job Announcement for Linguists


The Reasoning Groups at Educational Testing Service is still accepting
applications from linguists interested in test development. As a result of
recent announcements, two linguists have accepted temporary positions, one
working for one of the Languages Groups and one for the Reasoning Groups.
Three philosophers have also been hired.

Because the skills needed for success in the work of test development for
reasoning tests are difficult to assess at employment interviews, most longer-
term positions are filled only after a trial period of work on temporary
status. Temporary work is normally convenient only for those linguists
currently residing in or near Princeton, Philadelphia, or New York City. The
major reason why qualified applicants from other areas have not yet been
contacted is because they were judged to be located too far away to work on a
trial basis with us. There is a possibility that a few interviews will be
conducted at LSA's Annual Meeting for individuals residing in other areas.

ETS offers competitive salary and benefits for regular-staff positions,
including flexible hours that include work-at-home or compressed workweek (4-
day or 3-day workweek) opportunities. The normal workweek is 37.5 hours.
Work-at-home is generally unavailable for temporary employees, though special
contracts are often possible later once acceptable performance has been
established. Temporary positions often lead to regular-staff positions, and
the department is looking to fill at least two of these.

Responsibilities of examiner positions include writing and reviewing
reasoning questions for inclusion in tests for entry into graduate and
professional schools. Minimum qualifications for regular-staff positions
include a master's degree and approximately 4 years' relevant work
experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Successful candidates for examiner positions in recent years have completed
their doctorates. Temporary positions are available now and regularly for
candidates with less than the minimum requirements for regular staff

Desirable qualifications include coursework or teaching experience in any or
all of the following areas: informal and formal logic, syntax, semantics,
sociolinguistics, generative phonology, and cognitive psychology. Linguists
and logicians specializing in other areas who have outstanding writing skills
are encouraged to apply, as are linguists with extensive teaching experience
in composition or rhetoric. College teaching experience and a broad general
background of knowledge are desirable. There are currently seven linguists
working in the Reasoning Groups, with backgrounds in syntax, semantics,
phonology, and sociolinguistics. Other professional staff in the Reasoning
Groups have backgrounds in logic, philosophy, statistics, the classics, and
foreign languages. Linguists are also employed in other groups at ETS.
Resumes sent to the Reasoning Groups are forwarded, when appropriate, to
other work groups within ETS.

Precise and fluent use of the English language and meticulous attention to
detail are required for these positions. The ability to accept exacting
criticism of one's writing and to revise appropriately is one of the most
important prerequisites for success in the Reasoning Groups.

 A relevant juried work sample will be required of all candidates invited to
Princeton for interviews. The work sample focuses on a candidate's abilities
to use informal reasoning, to recognize and write precisely the assumptions
on which a given argument relies, to identify errors of reasoning, to
recognize ambiguous sentences or misleading parts of arguments, and to revise
ambiguous sentences within arguments so that unintended readings are

Candidates who are members of minority groups are strongly urged to apply for
these or other positions at ETS. ETS is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative
Action Employer. The Reasoning Groups have at least one targeted minority
position open at this time.

 Please send cover letter and resume to Timothy Habick, Reasoning and
Measurement Group (30-P), Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541.
Applications by email are acceptable and even desirable.

Fax: (609) 734-5075
Voice: (609) 734-1876 (Timothy Habick) (not available Wednesdays)

Offsite work is also available but candidates must first complete a two-day
training workshop. The workshop consists of two full days of instruction.
The workshop days are not consecutive. Candidates are paid for participation
in the workshop but not for travel expenses.
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Message 2: Job announcement

Date: Sat, 09 Sep 1995 09:50:39 Job announcement
From: <>
Subject: Job announcement

Please post the following job announcement. The information about
our departement is available on WWW.

Thank you for your help.


Yukiko Abe Hatasa
Assistant Professor & Coordinator of Japanese

Department of Asian Languages and Literature
University of Iowa
653 Phillips Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-2202/353-2151
Fax: (319) 353-2207


Assistant Professor of Japanese

The Department of Asian Languages and Literature
The University of Iowa

The Department of Asian Languages and Literature invites
applications for a tenure-track position in Japanese at the Assistant
Professor level starting in August, 1996. The successful candidate
will have a teaching and research agenda that contributes to the
development of strong undergraduate and graduate programs in the
Department, and complements the teaching and research interests of
the current faculty members. We are particularly interested in
persons with specialists in linguistics, sociolinguistics, language and
culture, and other language-focused areas. Teaching responsibilities
will include language courses and courses in the candidate's
specialty. Salary is competitive and commensurate with

The successful candidate should have:

 - native or near-native fluency in standard Japanese;
 - Ph.D. or ABD in Japanese language or related area;
 - a record of success in teaching Japanese as a second language;
 - a strong commitment to scholarly research and publication.

Deadline: Screening will begin NOVEMBER 15 and continue until the
 position is filled.

Send a letter of application, C. V., and three letters of
recommendation to:

Professor Thomas H. Rohlich
Chair, Search Committee
Department of Asian Languages and Literature
653 Phillips Hall
The University of Iowa
Iowa City , IA 52242

The University of Iowa is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment
Opportunity employer. Women and minorities are especially
encouraged to apply.
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