Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Linguistics

Christchurch, New Zealand
08 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Department of Linguistics

School of Language, Social and Political Sciences

College of Arts, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

  • Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Continuing (i.e. permanent) position

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer within the Department of Linguistics in the School of Language, Social and Political Sciences to lead and contribute to teaching in Linguistics, and to conduct research.

The successful applicant will teach syntax at undergraduate and graduate levels, including thesis supervision. We particularly encourage applications from candidates who approach syntactic theory development from a strong empirical perspective, for example using methodologies such as corpus evidence, fieldwork, computational modelling or experimentation. Expertise in another area of linguistics, such as forensic linguistics, corpus linguistics, or first/second language acquisition is also desirable.

The successful applicant will also be expected to conduct research, and to apply for external research funding.

Candidates should be excellent teachers at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and be comfortable and effective with large as well as small classes. Candidates should also have a proven track record of research, commensurate with their experience.

The Linguistics Department offers courses in the core areas of linguistics for the three-year Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Postgraduate teaching includes courses for the Bachelor of Arts Honours degree by coursework, the Master of Linguistics, and the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees by thesis.

The Linguistics Department is closely affiliated with The New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour (NZILBB), a multi-disciplinary centre dedicated to the study of human language. The researchers come from a wide range of disciplines, forging connections across linguistics, speech production and perception, language acquisition, language disorders, social cognition, memory, brain imaging, cognitive science, bilingual education, and interface technologies. This highly interdisciplinary team is working together toward a truly unified understanding of how language is acquired, produced and understood in its social and physical contexts.

Candidates will be expected to have:

  • relevant and effective University teaching experience in their specialist area(s), including Undergraduate and Postgraduate.
  • experience in teaching in Linguistics
  • experience in thesis supervision, or capacity to supervise research students
  • able to work independently and collaboratively in their area of research
  • a research programme that is relevant to Linguistics
  • an appropriate research publication history, and plans for future research and publication consistent with appointment Lecturer/Senior Lecturer rank
  • competency and confidence in bicultural practice.

The University of Canterbury is committed to promoting a world-class learning environment through research and teaching excellence, and has a vision statement of 'People Prepared to Make a Difference'. You will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a diverse academic community and enrich your own professional and personal development.

To apply and for information about the range of benefits in joining UC please visit us online at: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus

The closing date for this position is: Thursday, 1 February 2018.

The successful applicant will commence this role in June 2018.

Applications for this position should include a cover letter, resume and any additional attachments combined into one document and submitted online.

Should you wish to e-mail any additional attachments (optional) or have queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to georgia.arthur@canterbury.ac.nz, Recruitment Coordinator.

Further information about this role can be obtained by contacting Kevin Watson, Head of the Linguistics department: kevin.watson@canterbury.ac.nz

Internal candidates should apply via the Careers option in Employee Self-Service: https://ucpeople.canterbury.ac.nz

The University of Canterbury is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi.