Assistant Professor of Linguistics (Fall 2019), School of Arts and Letters

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Assistant Professor of Linguistics, School of Arts and Letters

Term, Renewable Faculty Position in Linguistics

Truman State University

The School of Arts and Letters at Truman State University is seeking applicants for a full-time renewable faculty position in the Department of English and Linguistics to start August 12, 2019.

Responsibilities include teaching introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in linguistics, sociolinguistics, and the teaching of second languages, and some supervision of service learning and internships, in support of our linguistics major, applied linguistic minor, and add-on ESOL certification program.

Requires a Ph.D. in Linguistics or Applied Linguistics in hand by date of appointment, August 12, 2019.

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • Evidence of and/or demonstrated potential for effectiveness in teaching undergraduate linguistics courses;
  • Experience working with diverse populations of English language learners, and experience teaching language pedagogy;
  • Evidence of excellent (native-like) written and oral communication skills in English;
  • Evidence and/or demonstrated potential for encouraging and mentoring students in transformative learning experiences such as undergraduate research, service learning, and internships;
  • Ability to contribute to the linguistics major beyond the ESOL program, including some experience with online teaching;
  • Ability to contribute to our broad range of interdisciplinary minors, and our general education program (e.g., by teaching first-year seminars and/or junior-level writing-enhanced interdisciplinary seminars);
  • Commitment to the liberal arts with emphasis on undergraduate student development and accomplishment.

Compensation and load: Salary commensurate with experience and education. The teaching load is 12 credits per semester.  Benefits package includes life, health and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and reimbursed assistance for moving expenses.

Program: The Department of English and Linguistics offers a BS in Linguistics, a BFA in Creative Writing, a BA in English, and an MA in English, as well as supporting several other degrees and a range of minors and interdisciplinary programs at the University. Our BS Linguistics program, one of the few undergraduate linguistics programs in the region, was founded in 2005 in response to strong student interest. The linguistics program houses the linguistics major as well as minors in linguistics and applied linguistics; students majoring in foreign languages, communication disorders, English, and multiple interdisciplinary minors regularly take linguistics courses; and the linguistics faculty regularly mentor students in ESL teaching and service-learning activities both locally and internationally. Finally, students pursuing Education degrees take linguistics courses to meet certification requirements, and the program supports a Master’s-level ESOL Add-on Certification Program.

For more information about the program and Truman State University, please visit more information about our interdisciplinary programs, please visit

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 6,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree.                                                       

Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research, and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report. Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top five of its master’s university rankings in each of the past five years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit

The Community: Located in Northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and has a medical school, dental school, and community college.  The Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the FLATS Trail Half-Marathon, and the Red, White, and Blue Festival. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake.  Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at  

Application: The application process is coordinated by the School of Arts and Letters. Electronic submission of applications is required and must be completed at Completed applications must include:

  • Cover letter that addresses the evaluation criteria and any other applicant characteristics that merit emphasis;
  • Current curriculum vitae (including references);
  • Evidence of potential for or demonstrated success in teaching linguistics;
  • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable); and
  • Three recent letters of recommendation.

Letters of recommendation can be emailed to with a subject heading of “BS Linguistics Search.” Review of applications (minus letters of recommendation) will begin December 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.

Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. James O’Donnell, Dean of The School of Arts and Letters,

Truman State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.


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