LINGUIST List 31.2974

Thu Oct 01 2020

Jobs: Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics: Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 28-Sep-2020
From: Julienne McKay <>
Subject: Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics: Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
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University or Organization: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department: Humanities, Arts, and Social Science
Job Location: Massachusetts, USA
Web Address:
Job Title: Global Languages Director

Job Rank: Director; Other

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics


Global Languages Director
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Cambridge, MA

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts invites applications for a Director of the Global Languages academic unit, beginning July 1, 2021, or as soon thereafter as possible. This position is eligible for benefits and visa sponsorship.

The mission of the Global Languages unit is to provide MIT students with an education in languages, cultures, and inter-cultural communication.

The responsibilities of the position will include: development and implementation of strategic planning and academic initiatives, curriculum development, mentorship of Senior Lecturers, liaising with faculty and other stakeholders across the Institute, management of unit resources and exercise of fiduciary responsibility. The Director will teach; conduct, oversee, and disseminate research and pedagogical projects; advise students; provide service to the unit, School and/or Institute.

As Global Languages is an interdisciplinary unit, the departmental affiliation of the Director of Global Languages will depend on the candidate's academic specialization and choice.

The position will be either a tenured faculty appointment or at the level of Professor of the Practice, depending on the candidate's experience and qualifications.

If the appointment is made at the level of Professor of the Practice, the contract will be for five-years, with the possibility of indefinite renewals based on performance reviews.

If the appointment is made at the level of Full or Associate Professor, the Director will be a full member of their home-department but will be offered partial teaching relief and reduced administrative obligations in recognition of the GL Directorship.

The successful applicant will have a stellar academic record including research, teaching, creative initiatives, administration of at least three years, and interest and experience in second language pedagogy. PhD required in linguistics, literature or related field.

Applicants should submit:
- A letter outlining their research plans, pedagogical initiatives and teaching philosophy;
- A curriculum vitae; and
- Contact information for at least three referees.

All materials must be received no later than December 1, 2020. All materials should be submitted digitally to Interfolio at the application link provided below.

Any questions should be directed to

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of citizenship, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

Application Deadline: 01-Dec-2020

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:

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