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LINGUIST List 23.2241

Wed May 09 2012

Jobs: Instructed 2nd Lang Acq: Asst/Assoc/Sr Research Scientist, U of Maryland

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Date: 09-May-2012
From: Holly Nalley <hnalleycasl.umd.edu>
Subject: Instructed Second Language Acquisition: Assistant/Associate/Senior Research Scientist, University of Maryland, MD, USA
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University or Organization: University of Maryland
Department: Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL)
Job Location: Maryland, USA
Web Address: http://www.casl.umd.edu
Job Rank: Assistant/Associate/Senior Research Scientist

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; Instructed Second Language Acquisition


Description:

University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language
(CASL) is seeking to fill a research faculty position in Instructed
Second Language Acquisition to work in its interdisciplinary national
language research program. CASL seeks scholars with expertise
particularly in the empirical investigation of effective and efficient
language instruction. The ideal candidate will have strong
foundations in classroom research methods, language teaching
methodology, and language-learning outcomes assessment. Areas
of specialization may include instructed SLA, study abroad, and/or
task-based language instruction. The successful candidate will work
with multidisciplinary teams - including second language acquisition
researchers, anthropologists, industrial/organizational and cognitive
psychologists, and computational/ descriptive/psycholinguists - on
projects that optimize language, culture, and job training and
promote and track the acquisition and maintenance of critical foreign
languages.

The successful candidate will work with or lead multidisciplinary
teams to examine innovative approaches that potentially promote
fast and effective, job-relevant language learning, often to very high
levels. Current research projects include studies of aptitude-by-
treatment interaction, lexical learning, curriculum innovations, and
technology for language learning, and investigations of other
efficiencies in L2 instruction.

Appointments to CASL are as members of the research faculty of the
University of Maryland under renewable three-year contracts, with
highly competitive salary (12-month) and benefits.

Qualifications:
Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics,
Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Studies, or a
related field, and should possess a record of research achievement
in Instructed SLA. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to
tackle complex, interdisciplinary research and to work collaboratively
with a range of institutions and researchers. Ideal candidates will
have interests that complement CASL's strategic partners on
campus (faculty in Second Language Acquisition, Measurement
Statistics and Design Programs, Linguistics, or Psychology
departments).

Candidates must hold U.S. citizenship and be willing to obtain the
appropriate security clearance.

CASL, established in 2003, is one of 14 university-affiliated research
centers in the nation. Its mission is to conduct state-of-the-science
research that results in improved performance on language tasks
relevant to the work of government language professionals. Our
research focuses on improving knowledge of less commonly taught
languages, enhancing the acquisition and maintenance of foreign
language capability by government professionals, advancing the
capacity to use foreign language skills in government professions,
and improving the quality of human language technology. CASL is
expanding its mission to include new directions in language and
intelligence analysis.

Application:
For best consideration, please apply online by June 30, 2012 at the
application URL below. You will need to create an account and
submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae (CV), three writing
samples and a list of references containing the contact information
for at least three professional referees. References will later be
requested from short-listed candidates. The University of Maryland is
an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Application Deadline: 30-Jun-2012 (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications: http://jobs.umd.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56847
Contact Information:
Holly Nalley
Email: hnalleycasl.umd.edu

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