Professor / Associate Professor in English Language

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
02 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
03 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Professor / Associate Professor in English Language
Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences

Northumbria University seeks to appoint a full-time Associate Prof/Prof in English Language and Linguistics, with a preference for candidates working in the field of Language and Education. We seek to appoint a candidate with an excellent research profile, who will make a strong contribution to our submission to REF 2021, and who has strong experience of teaching English Language at all levels up to postgraduate. The appointee will work within the wider English group in the Humanities Department.  

The Humanities Department is focused strongly on excellence in research and teaching. We have a commitment to outward-facing work, as reflected in community engagement and knowledge exchange with different partners. Our Department brings together 80 academic staff and 800 students in American Studies, History, Music, English Literature, English Language and Creative Writing. Undergraduate students in American Studies, History and English come to us with the highest average entry qualifications for these subjects across the modern university sector.  

English Language and Linguistics is a diverse subject group which undertakes research and teaching on a wide range of topics from language evolution and change to language spread and metaphor, with particular strengths in cognitive linguistics, language learning and teaching, and the psychology of language. While most of our research focuses on English (including historical varieties and world Englishs), our staff members have also worked on or have an active interest in a number of other languages, including Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, French, German and Polish. The group has a strongly international orientation. We are involved in collaborative projects with researchers in Japan, China, Germany and Poland, and have many international students and vibrant teaching links with universities and higher education institutions in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Libya, and many European countries. As a senior Academic colleague, you will assist the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor to maintain, enhance and improve the University’s national and international reputation in your academic field.

You must demonstrate continuing academic attainment and achievement and provide academic leadership (of your subject and associated colleagues), through active contribution to your discipline and to the life and work of the Faculty and the wider University. This will include contributing to significant change within practice, the discipline, profession and/or community at regional, national and international level. 

To be successful in this role you will have externally recognised research outputs of a quality that are internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour, and demonstrable success in securing research funding. You should also demonstrate academic leadership experience and strong standing with external bodies and networks in your field. Applications from candidates with expertise in the field of language and education will be particularly welcome. 

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Julian Wright, Head of Department Julian 

To apply for this vacancy please click ‘Apply Now’, and submit a covering letter, CV including research / education statements, and grants and publications list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs (please indicate a rank from 1 to 5) up to a maximum of 5, since 1 January 2014.  In addition, candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 2 research outputs (Journal / book chapter / practice-based portfolio). Where possible candidates are asked to combine all of these documents into a single file.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers. 
Please note this vacancy will close on 03/11/2019