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Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 243506-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time, Onsite
Location: Madison
Categories: Faculty

Job Summary:

This position is a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level, to start August 2022. The search is for a job candidate who understands linguistic disparities and addresses the diversity of human language. The candidate should have a primary focus on American Sign Language research and its applications in Deaf cultures. Areas of research specialization can be in multilingualism, language acquisition, multimodality, and/or cognitive linguistics.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a state-of-the-art research program, advise undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate research, develop and maintain extramural funding for their research program, teach undergraduate and graduate courses on topics related to the candidate's research expertise. University, professional, and community service will also be expected as appropriate.

The main tenure home for this position is likely to be Language Sciences, Communication Sciences & Disorders, or Psychology, with potential joint appointments in other departments as indicated by the candidates' background and interests. The position will involve a teaching load consistent with the tenure home, which will involve both undergraduate and graduate instruction.

This position is part of the Opening Doors Through Language: Access and Equity faculty hiring cluster. The goal of the cluster is to build on existing strengths in language research on campus by recruiting three new assistant professors whose research programs and teaching expertise addresses language-related issues that influence societal access, disparities, and/or equity. Candidates should have an interest in collaborating with the cluster faculty and with colleagues in schools, centers, and training programs across campus. Potential tenure homes for the three positions include Educational Psychology, English, Language Sciences, and/or Psychology.

Overall, this cluster will be comprised of three positions. One has already begun in the position in the area of minority languages and/or dialects, and the other two candidates will be recruited to join this Cluster: an individual who conducts research on computational models of language and an individual hired for this position. These positions are part of UW-Madison's Cluster Hiring Initiative (, designed to foster innovative, outstanding research programs that will stimulate productive interactions among faculty and students interested in research across the campus and to expand interdisciplinary research.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is committed to fostering faculty diversity. We encourage applications from potential candidates of all race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, nationality, religious and other group identities; and we encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Candidates are expected to collaborate with others recruited as a part of the cluster and with colleagues in related centers and training programs across campus.

Successful candidates will proactively support the expansion of diversity among all components of the university, and ensure an inclusive, fair, and equitable environment that fosters engagement.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Terminal Degree
Ph.D. in linguistics, psychology, or related fields, with an emphasis on signed languages.


Candidates should demonstrate training in American and other Sign Language research and issues of access and opportunity for Deaf people; evidence of high-quality scholarly research; potential for securing external funding; experience in teaching and mentoring; history of active collaboration with other language researchers which could extend across departments at UW-Madison.

Additional Information:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.

UW-Madison is seeking a diverse set of faculty candidates who will deepen our campus' interdisciplinary research strength in key areas of current and future research promise, as well as faculty candidates who will approach their work in a manner that advances our commitment to research excellence.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

This position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 22, 2022


ACADEMIC (9 months)

How to Apply:

To apply for this job, please visit The position number is 243506. Please submit: (1) a brief cover letter; (2) a current curriculum vitae; (3) a statement describing the candidate's research program, teaching experience and philosophy; (4) a diversity statement addressing the unique challenges and possibilities facing Deaf communities in a university community; and (5) three reprints/preprints of scholarly work. In addition, you will be asked to submit the names and contact information for three references. These references will submit confidential letters of recommendation on your behalf through the application portal.

The deadline for assured consideration is November 30, 2021; however, the position will remain open, and applications may be considered until it is filled.


Joe Salmons
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Official Title:

Assistant Professor(FA040)

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  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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