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Mon Nov 23 2015

Jobs: General Linguistics: North Hall Endowed Chair in the Linguistics of African America, University of California, Santa Barbara

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Date: 20-Nov-2015
From: Mary Bucholtz <>
Subject: General Linguistics: North Hall Endowed Chair in the Linguistics of African America, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, USA
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University or Organization: University of California, Santa Barbara
Department: Linguistics
Job Location: California, USA
Web Address:
Job Title: North Hall Endowed Chair in the Linguistics of African America

Job Rank: Associate Professor; Professor

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics


The Linguistics Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks to hire a distinguished scholar to hold the North Hall Endowed Chair in the Linguistics of African America. This position is the first of four interdisciplinary endowed chair positions in African American studies. Pending final approval of the Presidential Chair, the appointment will be at the Associate Professor or Professor level, with tenure, effective July 1, 2016.

We seek applications from researchers in any subfield of linguistics specializing in any of the linguistic varieties of Africa and the diaspora spoken within the United States; we also welcome applications from scholars who work on Black language elsewhere in the Americas, particularly if their research has a connection to the U.S. context. Language specialization is open and may include African American English/African American Language (including both standard and vernacular varieties), Gullah/Geechee, Louisiana French Creole, Caribbean creole and post-creole varieties in the U.S. or the Caribbean, African immigrant languages and varieties of English in the United States, African-heritage speech communities in Latin America, and African American Sign Language or other Black sign languages. The research specialization for this position is also open and may focus on any level(s) of language structure, as well as any dimension(s) of Black language, including language contact and change; bi/multilingualism and bi/multidialectalism; language and identity; language and racism; language acquisition and development; language and social interaction; language use across modalities and genres; language and political economy; and language, thought, and culture, among others.

Applicants must have national or international stature within their field and a distinguished record of scholarship and publication. We seek candidates whose research engages with the departmental focus on discourse-functional approaches to language and who can interact with colleagues and students in one or more areas of our department. Further requirements for the position include an ability to forge interdisciplinary scholarly connections and lead new collaborative initiatives, including as part of the cluster of North Hall Endowed Chair positions; and a commitment to the academic mentoring of African American undergraduate and graduate students as well as students from other groups underrepresented within linguistics and the academy generally. An additional strong desideratum is a substantive engagement with issues of social equity based on speakers’ linguistic background, community, and/or identity. This engagement may take any of several forms: applied research with social justice goals, collaborative partnerships with and for the benefit of Black communities, and/or activist or advocacy efforts on behalf of Black communities. For more information about the position, the application process, and the department's program and initiatives, see

Our department has a genuine commitment to diversity and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Application Deadline: 15-Jan-2016 (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Professor Mary Bucholtz

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