LINGUIST List 29.4338

Tue Nov 06 2018

Jobs: Semantics: Rank Open, Michigan State University

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 06-Nov-2018
From: Jennifer Nelson <>
Subject: Semantics: Rank Open, Michigan State University, USA
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University or Organization: Michigan State University
Department: Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
Job Location: Michigan, USA
Web Address:
Job Title: Open Rank Position in Semantics

Job Rank: Rank Open

Specialty Areas: Semantics


Michigan State University invites applications for an open rank academic-year position in semantics within the Department of Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, beginning August 16, 2019. Appointment will be made at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with tenure, or tenure track Assistant Professor. Salary and rank will be commensurate with the qualifications and record of the successful candidate.

We are interested in candidates who have a publishing record commensurate with their rank—in top academic venues in semantics, and who will continue to produce research of excellent quality that will have a high impact on the field.

Special consideration will be given to candidates whose research and scholarly interests contribute to formal semantic theory in ways that complement and connect with those of our current faculty. Applicants whose research engages in fieldwork, cross-linguistic comparative work, or experimental approaches are desirable.

Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in linguistics by the time of appointment, college-level teaching experience, native or near-native fluency in English, and demonstrated excellence in research commensurate with the relevant rank. Applicants seeking appointment at the Associate or Full Professor rank with tenure must meet the criteria for the award of tenure at Michigan State University, and those seeking appointment at the tenure track assistant professor level must demonstrate the promise of getting tenured by the end of the probationary period.

Duties will include active research, teaching, and service. The normal teaching load is two courses per semester. The successful candidate will be expected to:
- Maintain a sustainable and forward-looking research program and make significant scholarly contributions to linguistics,
- Teach courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in semantics, plus introduction to linguistics, courses in the applicant’s other areas of expertise, or courses in the College of Arts & Letters’ general education program in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities (,
- Supervise theses/dissertations and be an effective teacher and mentor of both undergraduate and graduate students, and
- Engage in institutional and professional service.

Review of applications will begin November 30, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources web site at the application link provided below. Posting: 541002.

Qualified applicants should submit:
- A cover letter specifying the rank level applied for,
- Current curriculum vitae,
- A statement of research interests and teaching experience/interests that highlights your alignment with our desired qualifications,
- One selected sample of research work,
- Names and email addresses of 4 potential referees at the same rank or higher, and
- A summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in your past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence.

For more information, contact Professor Alan Beretta (, Chair of the Semantics Search Committee, Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, Michigan State University, 619 Red Cedar Road, B-331 Wells Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1027.

Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

Application Deadline: 30-Nov-2018

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Professor Alan Beretta
Phone: 517-353-0740
Fax: 517-432-2736

Page Updated: 07-Nov-2018