Assistant Professor – Linguistics (University of Victoria)

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Assistant Professor

Linguistics – Faculty of Humanities


The Department of Linguistics at the University of Victoria invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Indigenous Language Revitalization, effective 1 May 2018.

The successful applicant will join a department that has a vibrant research culture, with particular strengths in Indigenous languages of North America, linguistic theory and description, applied linguistics and second language acquisition, speech production and perception, community-based research, and language variation and change. In addition to offering programs in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, we work in partnership with the Department of Indigenous Education to offer Graduate Certificate and Master’s programs in Indigenous Language Revitalization, and with Continuing Studies and the En’owkin Centre to offer an undergraduate Certificate in Aboriginal Language Revitalization.

In accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, the selection will be limited to members of the following designated group(s). Candidates from the group(s) are encouraged to self-identify.

  • Aboriginal Peoples

The University of Victoria is a top-ranked research university located on the territories of the Lekwungen- and SENĆOŦEN-speaking peoples, and is known for its large and diverse group of Indigenous faculty and staff originating from local communities and around the world. The University has introduced its first Indigenous plan to reaffirm its commitment to enhancing educational opportunities for Indigenous students, faculty and staff and further advancing programs and initiatives with an Indigenous focus:

The responsibilities of this position include supervising Master’s and doctoral students and teaching courses in our undergraduate and graduate programs in Linguistics and in the Graduate Certificate and Master’s programs in Indigenous Language Revitalization. We seek an individual with the ability to contribute strongly to the research profile of the Department and its teaching and administrative functions. Collaborative, interdisciplinary research, teaching, and program development are also encouraged.


The successful candidate is expected to have a PhD in Linguistics or Applied Linguistics (or a related field) by the time of the appointment.

Required background and experience include:

  • A research sub-specialization related to Indigenous Language Revitalization. Preferred sub-specializations include community-based research, language acquisition, language teaching and learning methods and strategies, language documentation, Indigenous language policy, and digital humanities as applied to Indigenous language documentation, teaching, and learning.
  • Lived experience in Indigenous communities, cultures and traditions
  • Knowledge of an Indigenous language
  • Knowledge of core areas of linguistic theory and pedagogy
  • Successful teaching experience and a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching and mentorship
  • An excellent record of scholarly achievement relative to stage of career
  • Commitment to collegiality and collaborative, community-engaged scholarship and teaching

In addition, the following would be assets:

  • Leadership experience in Indigenous language revitalization
  • Experience on supervisory committees with undergraduate or graduate programs

Contact information

Please send applications (electronic only, in pdf or Word) to:

Dr. Hossein Nassaji, Chair

Department of Linguistics

University of Victoria,

PO Box 1700 STN CSC

Victoria, BC, V8W 2Y2



Application deadline

Applications should include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, 2-4 publication samples, copies of teaching evaluations, and the names and e-mail addresses of 3 referees. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 27, 2017.

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