LINGUIST List 21.3683

Sat Sep 18 2010

Jobs: Anthropological Ling: Asst Prof, U of Massachusetts-Amherst

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        1.    Lisa Wegiel, Anthropological Linguistics: Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, MA, USA

Message 1: Anthropological Linguistics: Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, MA, USA
Date: 17-Sep-2010
From: Lisa Wegiel <>
Subject: Anthropological Linguistics: Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, MA, USA
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University or Organization: University of Massachusetts-Amherst Department: Anthropology Job Location: Massachusetts, USA Web Address:
Job Rank: Assistant Professor

Specialty Areas: Anthropological Linguistics


The University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks to hire a scholar in theDepartment of Anthropology at the assistant professor level starting Fall2011, with a specialization in the social life of discourse and language.PhD required at the time of appointment. The Department is building on ourteaching, research, and service concentration on the causes andmanifestations of inequality and the promotion of social justice in theAmericas. This position is part of a group of hires in these areas acrossthe subdisciplines of anthropology.

The successful candidate will have a vision and strong record of researchand teaching in issues of discourse, power, and inequality, with a specificarea concentration that enhances our department's strength in the Americas,with a preferred focus on Latin American, Caribbean, or Latino studies.

The Department has a strong preference for research that addresses theracialized politics of language: racism, colonialism, creolization;language shift, linguistic profiling, language and media, and languagereclamation; the role of language and discourse in the constitution ofrace, gender, and sexuality; institutional(ized) discourses of educationand socialization; and bi- or multilingual communities.

The department seeks candidates who:- will strengthen our curriculum in research methodologies, datacollection, and analysis, and have expertise in digital technologies forworking with discourse data.- demonstrate a willingness to serve linguistic communities through theirresearch.- are integrated into the racialized communities they study, as a means tobuild on the strong community outreach initiative of the department.- value and encourage research and teaching across the subdisciplines ofanthropology.- will strengthen our cooperation with interdepartmental programs withthese same foci.

The department is committed to developing a more diverse faculty, studentbody and curriculum.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the flagship campus of the5-campus publicly funded UMass system. It is located in the ConnecticutRiver Valley, 90 miles west of Boston and 180 miles northeast of New YorkCity. UMass Amherst hosts nearly 19,000 undergraduate students and 5,600graduate students, and nearly 900 tenure system faculty. The Department ofAnthropology has 21 faculty, 175 majors in the BA program and 82 graduatestudents working on MA and/or PhD programs.

UMass Amherst anthropology faculty work closely with their counterparts inthe area private colleges (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith) incurricular planning. The faculty is unionized, and the University ofMassachusetts offers an excellent benefits package. UMass Amherst prohibitsdiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The University ofMassachusetts is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Womenand members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.

We are accepting applications online at the application URL below. Pleaseinclude a letter describing interests and qualifications, a CV, and list of3 referees. Alternatively, paper submissions should be sent to theaddress below. Application screening commences on September 30, 2010, andcontinues until the position is filled.

Application Deadline: Open until filled.
Mailing Address for Applications:
Tracy Tudryn, Dean's Assistant Dean's Office 230 Draper Hall University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA 01003 USA Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Betsy Krause Email:

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