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Professor / Associate Professor in Language and Professional Communication

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With over 85 years of rich heritage, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has evolved alongside society and made pivotal contributions to the development of Hong Kong, the Nation and the world. The University pursues world-class excellence in education, research and knowledge transfer to nurture socially responsible leaders and professionals, as well as to drive impactful research and innovation. PolyU will strive to continually excel as an innovative world-class university that makes a positive impact on society, living up to the University’s motto: “To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind”.

Ranked among the top 100 universities globally by well-known ranking organisations such as Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), Times Higher Education (THE) and U.S. News & World Report, PolyU offers a wide range of world-class educational and research programmes in six faculties and three independent schools. PolyU has furthermore achieved remarkable results in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024 – it is ranked in the global top 20 for five subjects, is first in Hong Kong for four subjects, and is in the global top 100 for 21 subjects.


Professor / Associate Professor in Language and Professional Communication / English Language and (Applied) Linguistics (Ref. 240429002)

The Department of English and Communication within the Faculty of Humanities has a long history of conducting cutting-edge research in language and communication and producing high quality graduates for the professional workplace. With a team of around 27 full-time academic staff, our focus areas are professional communication and applied language studies, and we provide teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. More information can be obtained through the departmental homepage at, including information about our key areas of research at

The Department is now inviting applications for the position of Professor / Associate Professor. Priority will be given to applicants whose research expertise and teaching experience are within one or more of the Department’s key research areas. Specialisms in the following domains of study will be preferred: data analytics and statistical modeling of discourse; quantitative approaches in applied linguistics; AI/Generative AI in language education and research; technology, the internet, and language sciences. 


The appointee will be required to:

(a) teach subjects in the Department’s undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes; 

(b) contribute to the curriculum design and materials development; 

(c) supervise undergraduate and postgraduate student projects (including PhD supervision);

(d) actively conduct research in the Department’s research areas and contribute to the development of its research strengths;

(e) assist in the administration of the Department; and 

(f) perform any other duties as assigned by the Head of Department or his/her delegates.


Applicants should have:

(a) a PhD degree in one of the Department’s five key research areas; 

(b) a recognised teaching qualification; 

(c) post-qualification teaching experience in relevant subjects at tertiary level with a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching; 

(d) an excellent track record of published research, including experience in project-based research and grant applications; and 

(e) excellent English language and communication skills. 

Conditions of Service

A highly competitive remuneration package will be offered.  An appropriate term will be provided for appointment at Associate Professor / Professor level.  For general information on terms and conditions for appointment of academic staff in the University, please visit the website at


Please submit an application through PolyU’s career website (  Consideration of applications will commence on 29 May 2024 until the position is filled.  The University’s Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at

PolyU is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, ethnicity, nationality, family status or physical or mental disabilities.


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