Linguistics: Assistant Professor, Experimental Linguistics and/or Psycholinguistics (initial review 10.18.23)

University of California, Santa Cruz
June 30, 2024
Offerd Salary:$90,000-$105,000
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Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor, Experimental Linguistics and/or Psycholinguistics

Salary range: The salary range for this position is $90,000-$105,000 academic year (nine-month basis). The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. See salary scales titled (See FACULTY--LADDER RANKS--PROFESSOR SERIES)

Percent time: Full-time (100%)

Anticipated start: July 1, 2024, with the academic year beginning in September 2024. Degree requirements must be completed by July 1, 2024 for employment beyond that date.

Application Window

Open date: August 18, 2023

Next review date: Wednesday, Oct 18, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Linguistics (https: // at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a position at the (tenure track) Assistant Professor level. Applicants should have research expertise and teaching potential in Experimental Linguistics and/or Psycholinguistics. We welcome candidates with a secondary strength that complements their areas of primary expertise.

The Department of Linguistics at UC Santa Cruz works to advance the understanding of human linguistic ability. Faculty and students pursue their research by engaging a range of methods, including computational, experimental, formal, and field methods; and by close examination of particular languages. They build models of linguistic knowledge and of the physical and cognitive processes that support language production and comprehension. The department has significant research strengths in phonetics, phonology, psycholinguistics, semantics and syntax, as well as pragmatics. It offers two undergraduate majors, in Linguistics and in Language Studies, as well as two graduate degrees (MA and PhD), preparing students for careers in research, teaching, and industry. The successful candidate will contribute to existing strengths in the Department but will also add to those strengths in new and substantive ways, and will contribute to the undergraduate and graduate curricula, including the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students.

UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to hiring faculty who will work to advance these values. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) with a high proportion of first-generation students. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing historically oppressed groups in higher education (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background) and who can clearly articulate participation in equity and diversity advancement efforts with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, and service towards building an equitable and scholarly environment. Activities promoting equity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz will be recognized as important university service during the faculty promotion process. More information can be found: https: //

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Linguistics or a closely related field; record of research and teaching. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by July 1, 2024.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Letter of application - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications for the position

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements before preparing their application.

  • Initial screening of applicants will be based only on the cover letter, teaching statement, research statement and the statement on contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Teaching Evaluations - if available, please combine all evaluations into one PDF (Optional)

  • Writing sample or publication

  • Writing sample or publication (Optional)

  • Writing sample or publication (Optional)

  • Writing sample or publication (Optional)

  • Reference requirements

  • 3-5 letters of reference required
  • Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 5 will be accepted). Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

    All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC's confidentiality statement at https://

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    Help contact: [email protected]

    Campus Information

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University's equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

    Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see https: // www. The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see https: //

    UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

    If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at [email protected] (831) 459-4602.

    UCSC is committed to addressing the spousal and partner employment needs of our candidates and employees. As part of this commitment, our institution is a member of the Northern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NorCal HERC). Visit the NorCal HERC website at https: // www. to search for open positions within a commutable distance of our institution.

    The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit https: //

    As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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    Job location

    Santa Cruz, California

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