Sep 122018

Job Description
Assistant Professor – Cognitive Science of Language – 1803706

The Department of Linguistics and University College in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invite applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of the Cognitive Science of Language. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, and will commence on July 1, 2019, or shortly thereafter.  This will be a joint appointment between the Department of Linguistics (51%) and University College (49%).

Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics or a related area by the date of appointment or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and research in the field of cognitive science of language. We seek candidates with a commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and expertise in experimental approaches in semantics/syntax and language acquisition and processing, and whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths.

The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive and externally funded research program in support of the research and teaching missions of the Department of Linguistics and University College.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence as demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, accolades or awards, and strong endorsements by referees of high standing.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier, a teaching statement, sample course syllabi, and the teaching evaluations submitted as part of the applications, as well as strong letters of reference.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto has both a departmental and a collegiate structure.

The Department of Linguistics is an international leader in linguistics with strengths in theoretical, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics approaches. For more information about the Department, see:

University College is the founding college of the University and has a long-standing commitment to challenging its diverse body of over 4500 undergraduate students to excel intellectually and to preparing them to engage in the wider world. The College’s Cognitive Science Program gives students the opportunity to explore the mind and its structures in an interdisciplinary context. For more information about the College, see:

All qualified candidates are invited to apply at

Applicants must submit a cover letter of no more than 2 single-spaced pages, a current curriculum vitae, a research statement outlining current and future research interests, one recent article-length writing sample relevant to the position, and a teaching dossier including a statement of teaching philosophy,  course syllabi and teaching evaluations, and the names and email addresses of three referees.

Applicants must also arrange to have three signed letters of reference on letterhead, preferably as PDF documents, sent directly to Prof. Sali A. Tagliamonte via email to with the subject line: “Cognitive Science – (your full name)” by the job closing date.

All application materials, including reference letters, must be submitted online by November 21st, 2018.

Submission guidelines can be found at We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format as follows: (1) Cover letter, CV, one recent article-length writing sample, and research statement; (2) Teaching dossier.

If you have questions about this position, please contact

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.