Posted on: 
November 19, 2015

The Linguistics Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks to hire a distinguished scholar to hold the North Hall Endowed Chair in the Linguistics of African America. This position is the first of four interdisciplinary endowed chairs in African American studies. Pending final approval of the Presidential Chair, the appointment will be at the Associate Professor or Professor level, with tenure, effective July 1, 2016.

We seek applications from researchers in any subfield of linguistics specializing in of any of the linguistic varieties of Africa and the diaspora that are spoken within the United States; we also welcome applications from scholars working on Black language elsewhere in the Americas, particularly if their research has a connection to the U.S. context. Applicants must have national or international stature within their field and a distinguished record of scholarship and publication. Further requirements for the position include (1) an ability to forge interdisciplinary scholarly connections and lead new collaborative initiatives, including as part of the cluster of North Hall Endowed Chair positions; and (2) a commitment to the academic mentoring of African American undergraduate and graduate students as well as students from other groups underrepresented within linguistics and the academy generally.

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PhD in linguistics or a related field is required. To ensure full consideration, all application materials should be received by Friday, January 15, 2016. The position will remain open until filled. All application materials must be submitted via the UC Recruit online application system at: For more information about the position, the application process, and the department's program and initiatives, visit Inquiries may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Professor Mary Bucholtz, at

Our department has a genuine commitment to diversity and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Position Type: 
Associate Professor, Professor.