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Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science

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College / VP Area: College of Arts & Sciences
Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: Foreign Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Full Time

Temporary Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science

The Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Delaware invites applications for a temporary assistant professor, to support the Department's teaching and advising needs. The appointment is expected to begin on August 16, 2024, and will run until August 31, 2025, with the possibility of renewal for up to a maximum of three years.  We are seeking a candidate who demonstrates a strong commitment to undergraduate education.  The primary responsibility of this position is to support the Department’s programs in Cognitive Science and Linguistics.  Expertise in language acquisition and/or cognitive science is desirable.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach a subset of the following courses: Introduction to Cognitive Science; Introduction to Linguistics; First Language Development; Topics in Cognitive Science; Psycholinguistics.  Also desirable are Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism; Structure of English; Sociolinguistics; Languages of the World.  The successful candidate is also expected to demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within the department and the university.  The Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science ( offers a PhD in Linguistics, an MA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science, a BS in Cognitive Science (which includes a track for Pre-Professional Speech-Language Pathology), and a BA in Linguistics. The Department is comprised of 11 full-time faculty and enrolls approximately 30 PhD students, 15 MA students, 300 undergraduate majors and 60 minors.


QUALIFICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:   We are seeking a candidate who demonstrates a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education in linguistics and cognitive science. Those who have a proven record of excellence in teaching in those disciplines are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in linguistics, cognitive science, or a related field, and is expected to demonstrate a commitment to the department’s goals in diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at UD:  The Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Delaware ( is within the College Arts and Sciences. The department has state-of-the-art laboratories in phonetics, phonology, syntax, and psycholinguistics. Research can also be conducted at the Center for Biomedical and Brain Imaging ( The department runs an internationally renowned Ph.D. program in Linguistics, an MA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science, a BS in Cognitive Science, and a BA in Linguistics. The department also offers, via a university-wide Cognitive Science Committee, an interdisciplinary certificate in Cognitive Science as part of graduate degrees across schools and departments. It 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 and the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences ( The department embraces and celebrates diversity, equity and inclusiveness among peoples. It is committed to a climate of mutual respect among all individuals regardless of age, academic rank, culture, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, language, lived experience, nationality, physical and mental ability, race, religious, spiritual practice, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.


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 May 1, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled.  Applicants should submit a CV, a short cover letter, and a teaching statement outlining their teaching experience and potential for teaching excellence. Course evaluations and sample materials (e.g., syllabi), if available, may be appended to the teaching statement. Letters of recommendation will be requested upon application submission. For additional information, please contact Benjamin Bruening, Chair of Search Committee,


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