Ohio State University, Linguistics

Position ID:OSU-Linguistics-AP [#22674]
Position Title: Assistant Professor of Fieldwork and Indigenous Languages
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Columbus, Ohio 43210, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Linguistics
Appl Deadline:2022/11/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/09/07, finished 2023/05/20)
Position Description:   URMs  

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Department: Linguistics Position: Assistant Professor of Fieldwork and Indigenous Languages Rank: Assistant Professor

Description: The Department of Linguistics in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University seeks to hire an Assistant Professor specializing in linguistic fieldwork and researching an indigenous language, with a commitment to engagement with that language’s community of speakers. The position is partially funded by Ohio State’s Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme, a significant faculty hiring investment in key thematic areas in which the university can build on its culture of academic collaboration to make a global impact.

We welcome applications from specialists on indigenous signed or spoken languages anywhere in the world. We are particularly interested in applicants whose research focuses on languages often excluded from social institutions, associated with racial or ethnic minority communities, and/or subject to language loss. While we are interested in candidates with the promise of or expertise in conducting fieldwork and community engagement, we also value contributions toward development of documentary resources and advancement of linguistic theory (in any subfield). The department is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and outreach and we especially welcome applications from under-represented scholars, including members of the linguistic communities they study.

The prospective hire will teach graduate and undergraduate courses in fieldwork and other courses in their area(s) of expertise and in the department’s general education curriculum. They will also supervise graduate and undergraduate research. As a department, we are committed to a culture of inclusive pedagogy.

We anticipate that the prospective hire will strengthen the department’s existing collaborations across units and colleges as well as fostering new ones (e.g., with the Buckeye Language Network; OSU’s area studies centers and language and culture departments; the Center for Ethnic Studies; the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and the American Indian Studies program).

This hire in Linguistics is part of a cluster hiring collaboration with the Department of Comparative Studies, the Department of English, the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, which will each hire an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Studies.

We acknowledge the land that The Ohio State University occupies is the ancestral and contemporary territory of the Shawnee, Potawatomi, Delaware, Miami, Peoria, Seneca, Wyandotte, Ojibwe, and Cherokee peoples. Specifically, the university resides on land ceded in the 1795 Treaty of Greeneville and the forced removal of tribes through the Indian Removal Act of 1830. As a land grant institution, we want to honor the resiliency of these tribal nations and recognize the historical contexts that have and continue to affect the Indigenous peoples of this land.


A Ph.D. in Linguistics or doctoral degree in a related field is required prior to the position start date of August 15, 2023. ABDs welcome to apply. Appointment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

About Columbus:

The Ohio State University campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the Midwest’s fastest-growing city and the nation’s 14th largest city. Columbus offers a diverse array of welcoming neighborhoods and a vibrant arts and culture scene. Additional information about all that the Columbus area has to offer is available at https://visit.osu.edu/experience.

Application Instructions:

A complete application consists of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research, teaching and diversity statements, and three letters of reference. The diversity statement should articulate your demonstrated commitments and capacities to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, mentoring, and/or outreach and engagement. Review of applications will begin on November 15th and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Micha Elsner at elsner.14@osu.edu.

The Ohio State University is committed to enhancing academic excellence. Recruiting, supporting, and retaining faculty of the highest caliber is a core component of this commitment. In support of this, The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) has created the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation (DCFR) to focus on supporting new and prospective faculty. This support includes dual careers services, consultation and resources related to relocation, as well as identifying opportunities to engage on campus and the surrounding community. While employment opportunities are not guaranteed, resources and consultation are available to support the partners of new and prospective faculty as they are considering The Ohio State University and throughout their transition.

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. Over the next few years, The Ohio State University is committed to welcoming 350 new faculty hires, many of whom will contribute to growing our role as a premier research university equipped to answer and interrogate the critical domestic and global societal challenges that deter equality and inclusion. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies.

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

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1712 Neil Ave
Oxley Hall Rm 222
Columbus Ohio 43210