12 October 2014

Position at Univ. of Wisconsin


The English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member in Linguistics at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 24, 2015 (pending budgetary approval). 


Earned doctorate in linguistics, English, or related field. Candidates who are ABD will be considered; however, all requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed by August 24, 2015. The dissertation must focus on a linguistic topic. In addition, the candidate must show evidence of strong scholarship or scholarly potential. Other strong assets include evidence of:

·      Solid foundation in multiple areas of linguistics.

·      Demonstrated excellence in teaching introductory linguistics.·      Demonstrated commitment to teaching first-year writing within an English Department;

·      Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusiveness. 

Additionally, we seek candidates who value liberal education and want to join us as we develop and implement an innovative outcomes-based Liberal Education Core program in fall 2016. 


The successful candidate will teach courses in linguistics and writing as assigned in the English Department. All department members teach first-year writing (the Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing http://www.uwec.edu/blugoldseminar/index.htm) every semester. The successful candidate will regularly teach Introductory English Linguistics (Engl 221) and other linguistics courses as well. The typical semester load is 3 courses, equivalent to 11-12 credits. In addition, all department members participate in research and scholarly activities; provide academic advising to students; participate in department, college, and university committee work; and engage in other kinds of service to the university and community. 


The English Department is a thriving, diverse academic community dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning. The department offers rigorous emphases in creative writing; linguistics; education; critical studies in literatures, cultures, and film; and rhetorics of science, technology, and culture to English majors and minors. There is also a small yet vital Masters program in English. Please see our website for more information: http://www.uwec.edu/english/ 


The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire promotes diversity and inclusiveness, stewardship and sustainability, leadership and innovation.  With approximately 11,500 students and 1,400 faculty and administrative/professional staff, UW-Eau Claire is consistently rated as one of the top public regional universities in the Midwest and enjoys a national reputation for excellence in liberal education, faculty-undergraduate research, and study abroad. As the UW System's only Center of Excellence for faculty and undergraduate research, faculty and students regularly work side-by-side on original research. 

Often described as Wisconsin's most beautiful campus, UW-Eau Claire's campus spans the banks of the Chippewa River in the heart of Eau Claire, western Wisconsin's largest city. Eau Claire and the surrounding countryside have many scenic rivers, lakes, parks, bike trails and wooded areas where students and community members enjoy seasonal sports, camping, canoeing, and a variety of other recreational activities. 

Eau Claire is a safe, friendly, and affordable community of 65,000 with employment opportunities for family members, outstanding schools for children, and vibrant local food and arts cultures. Eau Claire is 90 miles from Minneapolis-St. Paul, which additionally offers world class theater, symphony and chamber orchestras, opera, and major league sports.


Applications are submitted electronically: http://www.uwec.edu/Employment/EnglishLinguisticsF-724.htm   

Please submit the following in PDF format:

·      letter of application,

·      curriculum vita,

·      statement of teaching philosophy,

·      graduate school transcripts (official or unofficial),

·      writing sample (15-25 pages),

·      three letters of recommendation that you arrange to have directly sent to Ms. Vickie Schafer, lazarvr@uwec.edu. 

Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are received and all required fields are completed.  If you have application questions, please email Dr. Erica Benson, Interim Chair of English, at bensonej@uwec.edu.

To ensure priority consideration, completed applications must be received by Friday, October 24, 2014. However, screening may continue until position is filled. The university reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Under Wisconsin law, applicants’ names are subject to public release unless confidentiality has been requested in writing, and names of all finalists must be released. A criminal background check is required prior to employment.