LINGUIST List 29.1781

Wed Apr 25 2018

Jobs: Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics: Lecturer, University of Chicago

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 24-Apr-2018
From: Lenore Grenoble <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics: Lecturer, University of Chicago, USA
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University or Organization: The University of Chicago
Department: Digital Studies
Job Location: Illinois, USA
Web Address:
Job Title: Lecturer

Job Rank: Lecturer

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Digital studies


The Division of the Humanities of the University of Chicago invites applications for a full-time, benefits-eligible Lecturer position to support a new program in Digital Studies of Language, Culture, and History beginning in academic year 2018-2019.

The Lecturer in Digital Studies will teach six quarter-length courses per year (two per quarter) on computer programming, statistics, and software tools and techniques relevant to linguistic, cultural, and historical research. These courses will include an introductory course on computer programming using the Python programming language; a course on basic mathematics and statistics; and a course on data analysis using R with emphasis on textual, visual, and sonic data related to human language, culture, and history. The Lecturer will also teach some or all of the other courses in the Digital Studies program on natural language processing, data management, and data publication on the Web.

In addition to teaching six courses, the Lecturer will serve as an adviser for students' software projects and will perform administrative tasks related to the program. Administrative duties include:
- attending meetings of the Digital Studies faculty committee to give advice and information concerning the program;
- obtaining pedagogical resources and computational tools for the Digital Studies courses and student projects;
- researching and collecting information concerning best practices in digital humanities teaching and research;
- serving as a liaison with the staff of the University's Research Computing Center, Library, and Information Technology Services to facilitate the provision of technical support and training for students and faculty in the Digital Studies program.

The Lecturer will work closely with University of Chicago faculty members to develop the Digital Studies program to meet the needs of students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who wish to acquire computational skills but have little or no background in computing and mathematics.

Required competencies for the position include prior teaching experience at the university level and formal training in computer science. Experience in software development, and either a background in humanities or experience working with scholars in the humanities to develop software tools, are highly preferred. A Master's degree is required by the start date of appointment; PhD is preferred.

For more details and application instructions, visit the application link below.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Lauren Zawilenski

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