Assistant Professor, Linguistics

The University of Oklahoma announces a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor for appointment in our Linguistics BA program. The candidate will teach General Linguistics, Syntax, Semantics, Morphology, and our senior research course. In addition, the candidate will teach a selection of courses from the existing undergraduate curriculum that best fits with his or her strengths: Lesser Studied Languages, Linguistic Field Methods, Second Language Acquisition Theory, Sociolinguistics, or Typology. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop new courses for the major and to contribute to the growth of the linguistics program. The new hire must be able to involve students in his or her own research program, supervise Independent Studies, Honors Research, student papers to be presented at Undergraduate Research Day, and other forms of high-impact learning. The teaching load is four courses per year. Salary is competitive.

While any research specialty in the core areas of theoretical linguistics is acceptable, we will give a preference to those with formal training and teaching experience in syntax, semantics, and/or morphology. Applicants with experience working with Native American Languages and with Native American communities are especially welcome to apply. Candidates should note if they have experience or secondary interests in areas that overlap with, for example, technology, computer science, corpora, or medicine.


  • Completed a Ph.D. in Linguistics by the time of appointment, August 16, 2021
  • An active research program
  • Evidence of outstanding teaching
  • A commitment to understanding issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion (ensuring that all students in a diverse community, including members of traditionally underrepresented groups, are supported)

Application Instructions

Instructions for submitting an application:

Review of applications will begin January 15th, 2021, and be considered until the position is filled. Please upload to

•a letter of application that addresses research and teaching

•an updated CV

•a sample of published work (1 or 2 papers)

•course evaluations from the two most recent years of teaching

•a copy of your transcript (PhD granting institution only)

•three letters of recommendation (provide Interfolio with names and email addresses of three references who will provide letters of recommendation)

•a diversity statement (that explains how the candidate can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at OU and how their professional activities such as teaching, research, mentoring, or other professional or public service to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion)

Questions about the position may be directed to Kyla Thompson: For more information about the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, visit