Assistant Professor, Departments of Applied Linguistics and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The College of the Liberal Arts at the Pennsylvania State University at University Park, PA, USA, invites applications for a tenure-track joint appointment at the Assistant Professor rank in the departments of Applied Linguistics and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) to begin Fall 2024.

We are seeking interdisciplinary scholarly expertise in feminism, queer studies, and applied linguistics, broadly conceived. Both departments emphasize the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, social class, power, and linguistic identities in diverse contexts. As the strength of the Department of Applied Linguistics is a collective commitment to the study of language and discourse in diverse sociocultural contexts, and the emphasis in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies lies in interdisciplinary feminist inquiry, we are especially interested in candidates who bridge these scholarly orientations.

Applicants will have a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; or a related field at time of appointment. Outstanding evidence of research potential and a record of teaching excellence are required. Candidates must be theoretically and methodologically grounded in scholarship that overlaps within the fields of Applied Linguistics and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. They should demonstrate experience with and commitment to inclusive pedagogies.

In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity.

The teaching load is two courses per semester (2-2), with one course each semester in each department. The Assistant Professor will be expected to teach core interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate courses in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, along with core undergraduate courses and graduate seminars in Applied Linguistics and ensure that all teaching and mentoring is grounded in inclusive pedagogies.

The Assistant Professor will also play a defining role in the ongoing development of the Applied Linguistics undergraduate major and in teaching and mentoring in the dual-title Ph.D. program with Applied Linguistics and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Service commensurate with the rank of assistant professor is expected.

Interested individuals must submit an online application at Penn State’s Job Posting Board. Any questions or concerns with the online application can be directed to Christine Igoe at Complete applications will include a letter of application, a CV, a writing sample or publication of no more than 20 pages, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a statement of inclusive pedagogies, and the names and contact information for three references. The Search Committee will not contact references without informing the candidate.

System limitations allow for a total of 5 documents (5mb per document) as part of your application. Please combine materials to meet the 5-document limit.

For more information, please visit regarding the Department of Applied Linguistics and for the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Inquiries can be sent to the search committee chair, Celeste Kinginger, at

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Penn State offers competitive benefits to full-time employees, including medical, dental, vision, and retirement plans, in addition to 75% tuition discounts (including for a spouse and dependent children up to the age of 26) and paid holidays. Please visit for more detailed information.

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