LINGUIST List 32.3537

Mon Nov 08 2021

Jobs: American Sign Language; General Linguistics: Assistant Professor, American and Other Sign Languages, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 06-Nov-2021
From: Joe Salmons <>
Subject: American Sign Language; General Linguistics: Assistant Professor, American and Other Sign Languages, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI, USA
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University or Organization: University of Wisconsin – Madison
Department: Psychology, Language Sciences
Job Location: Wisconsin, USA
Job Title: Assistant Professor, American and Other Sign Languages

Job Rank: Assistant Professor

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; American Sign Language, Sign Language Linguistics

Required Language(s): American Sign Language (ase)


This position is a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level, to start August 2022. The search is for a job candidate who understands linguistic disparities and addresses the diversity of human language. The candidate should have a primary focus on American Sign Language research and its applications in Deaf cultures. Areas of research specialization can be in multilingualism, language acquisition, multimodality, and/or cognitive linguistics.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a state-of-the-art research program, advise undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate research, develop and maintain extramural funding for their research program, teach undergraduate and graduate courses on topics related to the candidate's research expertise. University, professional, and community service will also be expected as appropriate.

The main tenure home for this position is likely to be Language Sciences, Communication Sciences & Disorders, or Psychology, with potential joint appointments in other departments as indicated by the candidates' background and interests. The position will involve a teaching load consistent with the tenure home, which will involve both undergraduate and graduate instruction.

This position is part of the Opening Doors Through Language: Access and Equity faculty hiring cluster. The goal of the cluster is to build on existing strengths in language research on campus by recruiting three new assistant professors whose research programs and teaching expertise addresses language-related issues that influence societal access, disparities, and/or equity. Candidates should have an interest in collaborating with the cluster faculty and with colleagues in schools, centers, and training programs across campus. Potential tenure homes for the three positions include Educational Psychology, English, Language Sciences, and/or Psychology.

Overall, this cluster will be comprised of three positions. One has already begun in the position in the area of minority languages and/or dialects, and the other two candidates will be recruited to join this Cluster: an individual who conducts research on computational models of language and an individual hired for this position. These positions are part of UW-Madison's Cluster Hiring Initiative (, designed to foster innovative, outstanding research programs that will stimulate productive interactions among faculty and students interested in research across the campus and to expand interdisciplinary research.

To apply for this job, please visit the application link below. The position number is 243506.

Please submit:
- a brief cover letter;
- a current curriculum vitae;
- a statement describing the candidate's research program, teaching experience and philosophy;
- a diversity statement addressing the unique challenges and possibilities facing Deaf communities in a university community;
- three reprints/preprints of scholarly work. In addition, you will be asked to submit the names and contact information for three references. These references will submit confidential letters of recommendation on your behalf through the application portal.

The deadline for assured consideration is November 30, 2021; however, the position will remain open, and applications may be considered until it is filled.

Contact: Joe Salmons at the email address below.

Application Deadline: 30-Nov-2021 (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Joe Salmons
Phone: 608.257.1771

Page Updated: 08-Nov-2021