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Assistant Professor: 1920-010

Effective Date:  Fall Semester, 2020 

The Department of Liberal Studies at California State University San Marcos seeks a broadly-trained teacher-scholar to fill a tenure-track position in Linguistics at the Assistant Professor level, beginning Fall 2020. We are looking for a scholar who can work in a strongly interdisciplinary department, generate excitement about linguistics, and attract students to the department’s linguistics program through innovative teaching, research, and publication.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Linguistics or a related discipline (Advanced ABD candidates will be considered, with a Ph.D. required in hand by August 2020).
  • Specialization in language contact/creole studies with subspecialization(s) in areal linguistics, typology, syntax, language variation and change, descriptive linguistics, or quantitative methods.
  • Ability to teach undergraduate syntax and research methods courses and to develop courses in their specialization for the linguistics minor and proposed major.
  • Potential for contributing to the Liberal Studies major, which prepares future K-8 teachers.
  • Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching.
  • Evidence of (or the ability to develop and sustain) a research and publishing agenda.

Desired/Preferred Qualifications: 

Preference is given to candidates:

  • whose research is grounded in community engaged scholarship;
  • who focus on languages of Africa, Southeast Asia, E Asia, S Asia, and/or Latin America, and the Caribbean;
  • who demonstrate or show promise for excellence in teaching both in general education and in their areas of specialty;
  • who show promise for or evidence of publication in scholarly journals; and/or 
  • who demonstrate intercultural competence with diverse groups in teaching, research and/or service.


The successful candidate will regularly offer courses in syntax and introductory linguistics, and additional courses in their areas of interest, and will help build the department’s linguistics program.  They will also serve the Department’s Teacher Preparation Program through courses taught for the core curriculum or the Linguistics Depth of Study. In addition, they will design and sustain an active and dynamic research agenda, disseminate their research in leading journals and similar publications, and engage in service and take on leadership positions within the department, college, university, and discipline as appropriate.


Applications must include:

  • Cover letter indicating how the applicant meets the above minimum and/or desired requirements
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Research Statement
  • Three letters of recommendation (recommender must email letter to
  • Reprints of representative publications if available
  • Summary of student teaching evaluations/teaching portfolio if available
  • Copies of all transcripts that include relevant course work
  • A completed Faculty Application
  • Applicant Survey 1920

Review of applications will commence January 8, 2020; however, the position will remain open until filled.

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The university is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups. 

CSUSM has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and was recently named one of the top 32 Colleges most friendly to junior faculty by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education.  Visit for more information.

California State University San Marcos is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is strongly committed to promoting diversity in all areas of the campus community. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, physical or mental disability, gender or sex, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, and veteran or military status.

The person holding this position is considered a limited mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 (revised July 21, 2017) as a condition of employment.

This position is subject to employment verification, education verification, reference checks and criminal record checks. An offer of appointment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, including a criminal records check, and may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.