Assistant Professor of Theoretical Linguistics

General Summary

The Department of English at Illinois State University, located in Normal, Illinois, seeks an Assistant Professor in Theoretical Linguistics for a nine-month, tenure-track position.  

We welcome candidates with a Ph.D. in linguistics (before August 16th 2023) with a specialization in one or more of the following: Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics, and Sociolinguistics. Strong preference will be given to candidates with training in (“West Coast”) functionalism and/or usage-based approaches to the study of language. The candidate will teach undergraduate courses in English grammar, introduction to linguistics, and depending on expertise, semantics, sociolinguistics and/or applied grammar. Regular course assignments will also include graduate topics courses in areas of the candidate’s choice. The successful candidate must show evidence of, or potential for, excellent international scholarship in their field as well as outstanding teaching and mentorship to undergraduates and graduate students. This appointment will carry a 2/3 teaching load. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Illinois State University is committed to developing a diverse pool of applicants and recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff, and student body enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are especially welcome to apply.

The ISU English Department emphasizes an English Studies model in its undergraduate, MA, and Ph.D. programs, and includes scholars in the fields of Children’s Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, English Education, Linguistics, Literary and Cultural Studies, Publishing Studies, Rhetoric, TESOL, and Technical Communication. Our Department faculty and graduate students are a community of diverse scholars who value collaborative and interdisciplinary work. For additional information about ISU and our Department, please consult

Additional Information

Illinois State University: Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. There are approximately 21,000 students in the six colleges of Illinois State University. In our most recent strategic plan Educate ∙ Connect ∙ Elevate, we have committed our resources to realizing seven core values: Learning and Scholarship, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect, Collaboration, Individualized Attention, Civic Engagement, and Integrity. By acting on these values, we create a learning environment that results in our University being the first-choice public university in Illinois for high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized educational experience combined with the resources of a large university. Also, visit the University’s metrics of excellence at (

Illinois State University was built on the land of multiple native nations. These lands were the traditional birthright of indigenous people who were forcibly removed and have faced centuries of struggle for survival and identity in the wake of dispossession and displacement. We would like to acknowledge that our campus sits on the lands that were once home to the Illini, Peoria, and the Miami, and later due to colonial encroachment and displacement to the Fox, Potawatomi, Sauk, Shawnee, Winnebago, Ioway, Mascouten, Piankashaw, Wea, and Kickapoo Nations. We also express honor to those indigenous people who we may have excluded in this acknowledgment due to erasure and historical inaccuracy.

Bloomington-Normal Community: Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a metro population of approximately 172,000. The community is also home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Heartland Community College, St. Joseph Medical Center, Carle BroMenn Medical Center, COUNTRY Financial, State Farm Insurance’s International Headquarters, Central Illinois Regional Airport, and electric truck manufacturer Rivian Motors. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and its citizens’ high level of educational attainment, as well as its parks and recreation, health care, vibrant fine arts scene, job growth, economic opportunity, historic sites, and low crime rates. SmartAsset ranked Bloomington IL, in the top 20 of the most livable cities in the U.S. (2022). Zippia named Bloomington, IL, as #1 on their “Happiest Cities” list (2020), and Best Choice Schools listed the area on its “30 Small College Towns with Great Quality of Life” (2020). Bloomington-Normal is conveniently located

Required Qualifications

1. Ph.D. in Theoretical Linguistics or a related field before start date
2. Four semesters of teaching in linguistics
3. Evidence of excellent research in the field through scholarly activity/publications
4. Oral and written proficiency in the English language, as mandated by state law.

Work Hours


Proposed Starting Date


Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Required Applicant Documents

1. Cover letter
2. CV
3. Teaching Statement (which also covers diversity, equity, and inclusion)
4. Scholarly Writing Sample (preferably a published work)
5. Names and Contact Information for Three References

PLEASE NOTE:  These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Special Instructions for Applicants

All application materials are due by November 1, 2022; the review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Initial interviews will be conducted via Zoom and from that pool, the top candidates will be invited for on-campus interviews in later January/beginning February.

Contact Information for Applicants

Jeanne Merkle,

Important Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a criminal background investigation based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

Application Opened: 09/21/2022 09:00 AM CST
Application Closes: Open Until Filled


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