Chairperson, Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science
University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware

Posted in Education and Training

Job Info

Job no: 499530
College / VP Area: College of Arts & Sciences
Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark/Hybrid
Categories: Linguistics & Cognitive Science, Full Time

Chair, Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science

The University of Delaware (UD) invites applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science. We seek a leader who values a multidisciplinary approach to the study of language and the mind. The Chair will lead the department to further ties across the University and to advance its scholarly reputation and visibility. The Chair will provide academic and administrative leadership, manage and secure resources for the Department, promote excellence in research and teaching, and foster a collegial and inclusive atmosphere that supports the Department's mission and vision.

QUALIFICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in an area appropriate to Linguistics or Cognitive Science, and will have a distinguished record of scholarship. We especially welcome applicants who have a broad understanding of linguistics, speech and hearing sciences, and cognitive science and conduct research with strong interdisciplinary connections. We desire candidates who have leadership experience working with faculty, staff, and administration and who will foster diversity, equity, inclusion and provide a vision for ways to continue to strengthen our department's efforts in these areas.

The incoming Chair will help support and grow the full-time and supplemental faculty who teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and who conduct interdisciplinary research on a wide array of topics including the connections between language and vision in the mind, psycholinguistics and the cognitive neuroscience of language, phonology and phonetics, syntax and semantics, and speech language pathology. The Department has a strong interdisciplinary profile and promotes active engagement with other departments and programs across campus. The Department has a commitment to learning, scholarship, and engagement that enhance the University's efforts to promote and support diversity, and that connect with and support the surrounding community. More information about the Department is available at

LINGUISTICS & COGNITIVE SCIENCE AT UD: The Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Delaware is within the College of Arts and Sciences. The Department has a renowned history in scholarship and teaching and is committed to involving students in original, innovative research and preparing students for a range of careers. The Department offers a Ph.D. in Linguistics, M.A. in Linguistics and Cognitive Science, B.S. in Cognitive Science, and a combined B.S./B.A and M.A. option (enabling students to earn both degrees in a 5-year period). The Department also offers a Certificate in Cognitive Science, which serves as a catalyst to inspire graduate students to engage in cross-departmental interdisciplinary research.

A strong and growing interdepartmental network of cognitive scientists and neuroscientists is also represented in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. A new Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Graduate Program provides opportunities to train interdisciplinary scholars and build connections with researchers across departments and colleges. Enhanced by state-of-the-art facilities, research at UD is conducted across all seven colleges and numerous interdisciplinary institutes and centers. Relevant staffed facilities on campus include the new 11,600 square foot Center for Biomedical and Brain Imaging (CBBI, housing a 3T Siemens Magnetom Prisma for humans and a 9.4T/20cm Bruker MRI for small animals, an animal housing and research facility attached to the CBBI, a 103,000 square foot Health Sciences Complex, a 194,000 square foot Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory, and the Delaware Technology Park, where entrepreneurial and academic research labs are co-located. The Early Learning Center at UD is a daycare and preschool that supports the academic and research programs of the University as a site for student observation and practicum as well as faculty and graduate student research. The NIH-supported Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research in collaboration with Delaware State University, and the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance (DHSA), a partnership among the University of Delaware, Christiana Care Health System, Nemours/Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children, and Thomas Jefferson University, provide infrastructure and opportunity for innovative basic, clinical and translational collaborations.

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware offers exceptional educational experiences including integrated instruction, research and public engagement. With 24 academic departments and more than 25 centers, programs and institutes, the College serves close to 7,000 undergraduate students and over 1,000 graduate students with CAS majors, but also every single University student through foundational course work. The College's 600 faculty members emphasize the enduring value of an arts and science education and share a deep commitment to excellence in scholarship and all forms of creative and intellectual expression. The College has departments in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and features outstanding research and teaching facilities. Faculty and staff encourage and support innovative interdisciplinary collaborations and students engage local, national and global audiences through research and creative activity. With annual research expenditures of approximately $38 million and growing, the College currently houses several large, interdisciplinary grants with significant funding from the NIH and NSF.

The University of Delaware ( is one of the nation's oldest institutions of higher education, combining tradition and innovation. The university recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the experience of its employees and in supporting its academic mission. We are committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds, and we strongly encourage applications from educators from under-represented groups. UD provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

The University of Delaware is located in Newark, Delaware, a charming college town with a busy main street near Wilmington, DE. Newark is only a short drive or train commute from Philadelphia, PA. UD is also within driving distance of New York City, Baltimore, Washington DC, the Poconos and some of the finest beaches in the country, making it an ideal location for day or weekend trips.

TO APPLY: Review of applications will begin on January 10, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should upload a complete CV and a statement of interest, with an emphasis on leadership, administrative experience, research and education. Questions may be addressed to the search committee chair, Professor Tania Roth ( All possible discretion will be exercised to maintain the privacy of applicants throughout the search process.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Compensation packages are highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The UD benefits package is one of the best in the nation. The University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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