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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of English Language and Literature

Assistant Professor of English Linguistics: Second-Language Writing Theory and Pedagogy

The Department of English Language and Literature and the Linguistics Program at the University of South Carolina are looking to fill a tenure-track position.

The Department of English Language and Literature and the Linguistics Program at the University of South Carolina invite applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in English Linguistics. We seek a scholar who specializes in second-language writing theory and pedagogy with a specific focus on English language learners. The ideal candidate will complement the current research and teaching strengths of the Linguistics Program and the English Department, particularly in second-language acquisition and teaching as well as composition. We prefer a candidate who has familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as expertise in intercultural rhetoric/discourse and pragmatics as applied to L2. A Ph.D. in linguistics or a closely related field must be in hand at the time of appointment.


To apply, please submit the following to

  • a CV
  • letter of interest
  • representative scholarly work
  • an unofficial graduate transcript
  • three confidential letters of recommendation

For full consideration, all application materials must be received no later than November 1, 2015.
Inquiries about the search may be directed to committee chair Elaine Chun.


The University of South Carolina’s main campus is located in the state capital, close to mountains and coast. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated the University as one of only 40 public institutions with “very high research activity.”  The Carnegie Foundation also lists USC as having strong community engagement. The University has over 31,000 students on the main campus, more than 300 degree programs, and a nationally-ranked library system that includes one of the nation’s largest public film archives. Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, is the center of an increasingly sophisticated greater metropolitan area with a population of over 800,000.

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.