Tenure-Track Position in Syntax!

Position title:

• Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Position Description:

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track position in Syntax at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate must have the Ph.D. completed by the time of appointment, which is July 1, 2024. Applicants must present a proven record of excellence in research and teaching. We are especially interested in applicants whose research and teaching interests include A-bar syntax, and may also include expertise in the syntax/morphology or syntax/semantics interface. The successful candidate will co-direct the Penn Syntax Lab along with Julie Anne Legate.

Qualifications include:

  • Strong research potential
  • Capacity for teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels
  • Capacity for mentoring and supporting a diverse student body
  • Ability to direct graduate and undergraduate research

The Department of Linguistics is a collaborative and interactive department, comprised of leaders in integrative work that combines sophisticated theoretical perspectives with a wide range of empirical approaches. We form an integral part of a vibrant interdisciplinary community of experts from around the world who study language across several departments, and are active participants in the university’s MindCORE and ILST initiatives. The department offers an undergraduate major that provides students an understanding of the modern discipline of Linguistics. Our graduate students often go on to become assistant professors, postdocs, or to work in industry.

The Department of Linguistics is housed within the School of Arts & Sciences, which is comprised of 28 academic departments, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate Division, and the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. Interdisciplinary research and collaboration are supported by the breadth and depth of academic pursuits at Penn as well as the proximity of resources on our contiguous green urban campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We promote and encourage curiosity, intellectual engagement, and discovery among all our students and faculty. University, School, and departmental resources that support student and faculty life include but are not limited to: the Offices of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Vice Provost for Research, PennGlobal, Wellness at Penn, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Penn Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and Penn Human Resources.

We seek candidates who share our strong commitment to research, teaching and mentoring, and to a scholarly community shaped by values of inclusive excellence. The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania is committed to cultivating and sustaining a community of students, scholars, researchers, and staff that reflects the diversity of our world. We nurture working and learning environments that are affirming, equitable, and inclusive. As a community, we are committed to thoughtful discussions and dynamic interactions as we strive for an environment where everyone is supported and valued. Please see our School’s Inclusion and Antiracism Initiatives to learn more about our active priorities: https://www.sas.upenn.edu/2020-inclusion-and-anti-racism-initiatives.

Application instructions:

Please provide the following application materials to http://apply.interfolio.com/131974:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Research statement
  • Teaching statement
  • DEI statement
  • Two representative samples of scholarly writing (e.g. journal/proceedings paper or dissertation chapter)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

Please contact Amy Forsyth, aforsyth@ling.upenn.edu, with questions regarding the application process.

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