LINGUIST List 31.846

Fri Feb 28 2020

Jobs: African American Language; General Linguistics: Post Doc, Georgetown University

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 28-Feb-2020
From: Jen Nycz <>
Subject: African American Language; General Linguistics: Post Doc, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA
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University or Organization: Georgetown University
Department: Linguistics
Job Location: , USA
Web Address:
Job Title: 21st Century Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; African American Language


The Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University invites applications for a 21st Century Postdoctoral Fellow. Recognizing the educational benefits of a diverse academic community, the aim of the fellowship, a new initiative of Georgetown University, is to encourage the development of a professoriate with backgrounds, expertise, and experiences that will assist in meeting the diverse challenges of the current century.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow whose research focuses on any aspect of African American Language, from any research perspective relevant to linguistics. Our department has concentrations in theoretical/formal linguistics, sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, and computational linguistics. We welcome applicants from these and other perspectives (e.g. linguistic anthropology, educational linguistics, language policy). The program is particularly interested in scholars with a demonstrated interest in bringing to their academic careers the critical perspective that comes from a nontraditional educational background and/or understanding of the experiences of members of groups historically underrepresented in academia.

The fellowship has a two-year term, August 1, 2020 through July 31, 2022. The primary expectation is that fellows will produce scholarly research and refine their research agenda, while gaining valuable teaching experience and building professional networks. The postdoctoral fellow will work with a department mentor to design and teach one undergraduate course on African American Language in each year of the fellowship. The fellow will be fully integrated into the intellectual life of the department, including department colloquia, research presentations, and professional mentoring. Fellows are expected to demonstrate a commitment to inclusive scholarship and to promoting cultural understanding and broader perspectives on the core problems of their discipline or interdisciplinary field.

Please direct any questions about this position to Dr. Jennifer Nycz at

Applicants must have PhD in hand by the start of the appointment (August 1, 2020)

Application Instructions

Applicants for the position should submit the following material:

a cover letter addressing research and teaching;
a curriculum vitae;
one writing sample or recent publication; and
a diversity statement describing how their interests and background (in terms of culture, race, gender, ethnicity, disability/ability, socioeconomic status, work/life experience, etc.) would contribute to a more diverse (broadly defined) research community.
Contact information for three recommenders must also be submitted by the application deadline through Interfolio (recommenders may be contacted for letters at a later stage in the search process).

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or other categories protected by law.

Application Deadline: 16-Mar-2020

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Dr. Jennifer Nycz

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