LINGUIST List 31.3214

Thu Oct 22 2020

Support: Romance; Spanish; Language Acquisition; Phonetics; Pragmatics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics: PhD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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Date: 20-Oct-2020
From: Patricia Gubitosi <>
Subject: Romance; Spanish; Language Acquisition; Phonetics; Pragmatics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics: PhD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA
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Department: Spanish and Portuguese, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Duties: Teaching

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition; Phonetics; Pragmatics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics

Required Language(s): Spanish (spa)


The program in Spanish and Portuguese studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst welcomes applications to their M.A. and Ph.D. programs. Our M.A. in Spanish and Portuguese is geared towards recent graduates and professionals seeking to further their knowledge of the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world. Our Ph.D. program is geared towards students seeking to become higher-education teachers and scholars. It has four tracks offering the opportunity to specialize in Hispanic linguistics, Latin American literatures and cultures, Iberian literatures and cultures, or Lusophone literatures and linguistics.

For more details regarding the fields of specialization and graduate mentoring of our faculty, please see here:; for more information about our programs, see here:

UMass belongs to a university consortium known as the Five Colleges, which also includes Smith College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Amherst College. Our graduate students often take courses in the Five Colleges, and enjoy the intellectual exchange and mentoring of their faculty.

Each Teaching Assistantship covers the cost of tuition and fees (about $40,075.00 - $56,314.00 a year) as well as health insurance. The salary for a Teaching Associate for the 2019-2020 academic year was $23,050.00.

TAs teach one language class per semester (3 teaching hours plus 3 tutoring/office hours) during the nine months of the academic year. TAs are given training before classes and take a methodology class in teaching Spanish as a foreign language during their first semester.

As students advance in the program, they may request funds for presenting at academic conferences in order to advance their dissertation research. There are additional opportunities to apply for research funding from the UMass Graduate School, depending on the progress of the student in a graduate program.

Doctoral students receive four years of funding support, if they hold an M.A. at the time when they enter the program, and five years if they enter the program without an M.A. Extensions are available depending upon availability. Doctoral students receive a full tuition waiver and a stipend while they work as Teaching Associates, teaching one course per semester in the Spanish, Portuguese, or Catalan languages.

In recent years, our Ph.D. graduates have been placed at institutions like Amherst College, Colorado College, Columbia University, Drew University, Fairfield University, Mount Holyoke College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Roanoke College, Rutgers University-Camden, University of Georgia, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Wellesley College, Yale University and the Consejo en Formación de Educación (Uruguay), among others.

You can find the application requirements here:

You may apply online via the application link provided below.

The deadline to apply is February 1, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact the professor or professors in your area of specialization. Alternatively, you may also contact the Graduate Program Director, Professor Meghan Armstrong-Abrami ( For inquiries after January 1, 2021 please contact the interim Graduate Program Director, Professor David Rodríguez-Solás (

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Dr. Meghan Armstrong-Abrami

Page Updated: 22-Oct-2020