Assistant or Associate Professor

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois
Closing date
Oct 31, 2021

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"The Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is searching for a full-time tenure stream Assistant or Associate Professor who can contribute to the growing demand in our Sociolinguistics and TESL programs through an active research profile in sociolinguistics of globalization understood in a broad and inclusive sense.

We are interested in scholars active in the areas of sociolinguistics, multilingualism, and/or Indigenous/minority languages/dialects in the U.S., with a strong TESL background. The candidate will help train students in the MATESL program, the BA in Linguistics and TESL launched in Fall 21, as well as the undergraduate and graduate programs in Linguistics. We are seeking a scholar who has demonstrated promise for a vibrant research program, disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration, and has a proven record of student mentoring and teaching.

The candidate will teach graduate and undergraduate courses, supervise student research, and develop a high-impact research program. They will be able to develop and teach courses in areas such as the sociolinguistics of multilingualism, language in globalization, language minorities, linguistic diversity in the US, World Englishes, and language in social media. The candidate will also teach courses in the core MATESL curriculum, preferably a course on the theoretical foundations, and essential methodologies and technologies needed to train graduate students to engage the paradigm of World Englishes in TESL.

The candidate must have a Ph.D. in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Second Language Studies, or a related field. The candidate should have a strong background in Sociolinguistics and TESL. An MA in TESL or related field is strongly preferred. Candidates should have a demonstrated record of excellence in undergraduate and/or graduate teaching, and an independent research program by the targeted start date, which is August 16, 2022. Salary is commensurate with rank and qualifications.

The Department of Linguistics is a vibrant and comprehensive department with about 200 undergraduate majors, 70 graduate students, 17 tenure-stream and more than 30 teaching/specialized faculty members. Together we represent a broad spectrum of research interests and boast highly successful pedagogy programs in ESL and the Less Commonly Taught Languages.

Candidates with a documented commitment to working with students or faculty from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented in the field through teaching, mentoring, or administration are especially encouraged to apply.  

To apply, create your candidate profile through the University of Illinois application login page below and submit your application materials: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and research interests, up to three representative publications or writing samples, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and contact information or Interfolio ID for three professional references, who may be contacted by Illinois for letters at a later date.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit" 


The Linguistics Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the oldest, largest, and most distinguished departments of linguistics in the United States, attracting students from all over the world. With faculty members covering all major areas of linguistic research, the department offers a large number of undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degree programs. Formally established in 1965, the Department of Linguistics quickly became one of the leading linguistics departments in the nation. While its focus was originally on research and the training of graduate students, the Department has also developed an undergraduate program that has attracted some of the best students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Our M.A. program in Teaching English as a Second Language is one of the oldest in the United States, having celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. However, the program traces its history back over 70 years to 1947, when it began as a program focusing on the teaching of English to students from other language backgrounds.
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