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Temporary Assistant Professor, Linguistics and Cognitive Science

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College / VP Area: College of Arts & Sciences
Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: Linguistics & Cognitive Science, Full Time

Temporary Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, College of Arts and Sciences


The Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Delaware invites applications for a temporary assistant professor of instruction, to support the department's teaching and advising needs. The appointment is expected to begin on January 16, 2024, and will run until August 31, 2025, with the possibility of renewal for up to a maximum of three years.  The primary responsibility of this position is to support the department’s undergraduate programs in Cognitive Science, Speech-Language Pathology, and/or Linguistics.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach a subset of the following courses: Introduction to Cognitive Science; Topics in Cognitive Science; Introduction to Speech and Hearing Science; First Language Development; Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism; Sociolinguistics; Psycholinguistics; Philosophy of Language; Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing (CCC-SLP preferred); Introduction to Communication Disorders in Childhood (CCC-SLP required); Introduction to Communication Disorders in Adulthood (CCC-SLP required).  The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and is also expected to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within the department and the university.  The Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science ( offers a PhD in Linguistics, a Master's degree in Linguistics and Cognitive Science, a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science that includes a track for Pre-Professional Speech-Language Pathology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics. The Department enrolls approximately 30 PhD students, 15 MA students, 300 undergraduate majors and 50 minors.


QUALIFICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:   We are seeking a candidate who demonstrates a strong commitment to undergraduate education in cognitive science, speech-language pathology, and/or linguistics.  The primary responsibility of the position is to teach, advise, and mentor at the undergraduate level.  The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in cognitive science, communication sciences/disorders, linguistics, or a related field, and is expected to contribute to the department’s goals in diversity, equity, and inclusion.


THE DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS AND COGNITIVE SCIENCE AT UD:  The Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Delaware ( is within the College of Arts and Sciences. The department has state-of-the-art research laboratories in cognitive science and linguistics and values excellence in teaching. Faculty in the department have opportunities for teaching growth and development at the Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning ( The department runs a renowned Ph.D. program in Linguistics, a Master’s degree in Linguistics and Cognitive Science, a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science which includes a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics. The department is part of a university-wide cognitive science community and participates in a new interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Neuroscience ( The department also has ties to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders The department embraces and celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. It is committed to a climate of mutual respect among all individuals.


The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware offers exceptional educational experiences including integrated instruction, research and public engagement. With 24 academic departments and more than 25 centers, programs and institutes, the College serves close to 7,000 undergraduate students and over 1,000 graduate students with CAS majors, but also every single University student through foundational course work. The College’s 600 faculty members emphasize the enduring value of an arts and science education and share a deep commitment to excellence in scholarship and all forms of creative and intellectual expression. The College has departments in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and features outstanding research and teaching facilities. Faculty and staff encourage and support innovative interdisciplinary collaborations and students engage local, national and global audiences through research and creative activity. With annual research expenditures of approximately $38 million and growing, the College currently houses several large, interdisciplinary grants with significant funding from the NIH and NSF.


The University of Delaware ( is one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher education, combining tradition and innovation. The university recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the experience of its employees and in supporting its academic mission.  We are committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds, and we strongly encourage applications from educators from under-represented groups. UD provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.


TO APPLY: Review of applications will begin on November 6, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.  Applicants should submit a CV and a letter which outlines their qualifications, teaching experience, and approach to teaching and mentoring.  The applicant should also provide contact information for three people who can act as references. For additional information, please contact Benjamin Bruening, Chair of Search Committee,


SALARY AND BENEFITS: Compensation packages are highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The UD benefits package is one of the best in the nation.


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:  The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at



Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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