Assistant Professor, Computational Approaches to Language, University of Wisconsin, Madison


Position Summary: This position is a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level, to start August 2022. The search is for a job candidate whose expertise bridges research on language learning, development, evolution and/or instruction, with proficiency in computational methods related to learning analytics, natural language processing, connectionist approaches, Bayesian models, topics models, semantic analysis, high dimensional data analysis, and/or data mining. Candidates that use big data approaches are particularly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a state-of-the-art research program, advise undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate research, develop and maintain extramural funding for their research program, teach undergraduate and graduate language courses, computational methods, and/or another topic related to the candidate’s research expertise.

The main tenure home for this position is likely to be Educational Psychology, Language Sciences, or Psychology, with potential joint appointments in other departments as indicated by the candidates’ background and interests. The position will involve a teaching load consistent with the tenure home, which will involve both undergraduate and graduate instruction.

This position is part of the Opening Doors Through Language: Access and Equity faculty hiring cluster. The goal of the cluster is to build on existing strengths in language research on campus by recruiting three new assistant professors whose research programs and teaching expertise addresses language-related issues that influence societal access, disparities, and/or equity. Candidates should have an interest in collaborating with the cluster faculty and with colleagues in schools, centers, and training programs across campus. Tenure homes for the three positions will likely be in Communication Sciences & Disorders, Educational Psychology, English, Language Sciences, and/or Psychology.

Overall, this cluster will be comprised of three positions: one has already began in the position (in the area of minority languages and/or dialects) and the other two candidates will be recruited to join this Cluster: an individual that conducts sign language research and an individual hired for this position. These positions are part of UW-Madison’s Cluster Hiring Initiative (, designed to foster innovative, outstanding research programs that will stimulate productive interactions among faculty and students interested in research across the campus and to expand interdisciplinary research.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is committed to fostering faculty diversity. We encourage applications from potential candidates of all race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, nationality, religious and other group identities; and we encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion.


Instructions for Applicants:  To apply for this job, please visit The position number is 242024. Please submit: (1) a brief cover letter; (2) a current curriculum vitae; (3) a statement describing the candidate’s research program; (4) a statement summarizing the candidate’s teaching experience and philosophy; and (5) three reprints/preprints of scholarly work (uploaded as one PDF).

In addition, you will be asked to submit the names and contact information for three references. These references will submit confidential letters of recommendation on your behalf through the application portal.

The deadline for assured consideration is November 1, 2021: however, the position will remain open and applications may be considered until it is filled.