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Dept Chair/Div Head

University of North Texas
Denton, Texas
commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jul 12, 2021

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Department Head
Focus Area
Postsecondary Education
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The Department of Linguistics is located in the College of Information (COI), and is positioned in a collaborative environment for developing cutting-edge curricula that incorporate research on language structure and use with database design and management, language technology, text mining, computational and quantitative methods in linguistics, and natural language processing. We seek candidates who will contribute to the existing creative and collaborative environment in the department, as well as pursuing interdisciplinary collaborations (both new and existing) with other computational research groups on campus, in particular in Computer Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Information and Library Science.

The College of Information and Department of Information Science are committed to creating a learning community that reflects and enacts the values of diversity, equity and inclusion that inform academic excellence. We encourage applicants who may enhance our representational diversity but especially whose research, teaching, and community engagement will contribute to diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty.

Degree programs in the Department of Linguistics include a BA in Linguistics, an MA in Linguistics, an MA in ESL, an Interdisciplinary MS in Computational Linguistics, and Graduate Academic Certificates in TESOL and in Computational Linguistics. Students in the Information Science (IS) Ph.D. program may also opt to do a concentration in linguistics. Additional information about degrees, courses, and faculty can be found at

UNT is among the top forty largest universities in the nation and is ranked a Tier One university by the Carnegie Classification. UNT offers 101 bachelor’s, 82 master’s, and 38 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized.

The Department of Linguistics at the University of North Texas seeks to fill the Chair of the Department of Linguistics position at the rank of tenure-track/tenured Associate/Full Professor.

The Chair duties will include supporting current efforts to promote advanced research and programmatic growth within the undergraduate and graduate levels as the Department seeks national recognition. The specialization of the faculty is open and should be in keeping with typological, fieldwork oriented, data rich, and experimental approaches of the department. Specializations in qualitative methods in phonological, typological, or sociolinguistic methods of language analysis will be a plus. We are looking for candidates who are committed to building on existing relationships with other units in the College of Information, including in the areas of information organization for language data and teaching language using new technologies.

A PhD in Linguistics, Computer Science, Cognitive Science or a related field with a preference of background in computational linguistics / natural language processing is sought.

Applicants seeking appointment with tenure at the associate professor rank or full professor rank must meet UNT’s criteria for tenure at the appropriate level.

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

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