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Assistant Professor

The Department of Linguistics in the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Humanities invites applications for a full-time tenure-track research-stream faculty position in syntax and/or semantics at the Assistant Professor level, commencing July 1, 2023.

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. The University of Victoria is committed to the ongoing work of decolonizing and Indigenizing the campus community both inside and outside the classroom. The Faculty of Humanities has recently approved a five-year Indigenization Implementation Strategy to guide collective and individual efforts to support and implement the principles of the UVic Indigenous Plan, UVic Strategic Framework, and applicable Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls to action, at the faculty and unit levels. Our department Unit Standard reflects the high value we place on community-based research.


Qualified candidates for the position will have a PhD in Linguistics with a focus on syntax and/or semantics, and the ability to supervise research and teach courses in these areas at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The ability to teach courses in psycholinguistics is also an asset.

The academic responsibilities of an Assistant Professor at UVic include teaching, research and service, with a balance of commitment between each component as set out in the Collective Agreement. Accordingly, we seek candidates with:

  • evidence of high-quality research, shared through academic publications and other outlets, such as peer-reviewed digital works and community-based works of scholarship; demonstration of meaningful, respectful collaboration with communities and outcomes supporting their well-being is an asset
  • evidence of outstanding teaching ability, including cultural sensitivity and the ability to teach and give effective feedback to a diverse student body with a range of perspectives, experiences and cultures
  • evidence of ability to work collaboratively in an academic unit and serve as a role model and/or mentor for students experiencing barriers to equity

Additional information

The University of Victoria is consistently ranked in the top tier of Canada’s research-intensive universities. Vital impact drives the UVic sense of purpose. As an internationally renowned teaching and research hub, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places and the planet. Situated in the Pacific Rim, our location breeds a profound passion for exploration. Defined by its edges, this extraordinary environment inspires us to defy boundaries, discover, and innovate in exciting ways. It’s different here, naturally and by design. We live, learn, work and explore on the edge of what’s next—for our planet and its peoples. Our commitment to research-inspired dynamic learning and vital impact make this Canada’s most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation. Experience the edge of possibilities for yourself.

The Department of Linguistics at UVic is unique in bridging three interrelated areas of specialization: linguistics, applied linguistics, and Indigenous language revitalization. Our areas of specialization include: syntax, morphology, phonology, phonetics, second language acquisition, applied linguistics, Indigenous language research, Indigenous language revitalization, and language variation and change. We offer BA, BSc, MA and PhD programs in Linguistics; BA, Diploma and MA programs in Applied Linguistics; a Certificate in Indigenous Language Revitalization, in partnership with the Division of Continuing Studies and the En’owkin Centre of the Okanagan Nation; and a Certificate in American Sign Language, in partnership with the Division of Continuing Studies. The Department of Indigenous Education and our department jointly offer MA, MEd and Graduate Certificate programs in Indigenous Language Revitalization. We are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion of people with diverse abilities, identities, experiences, and cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Our faculty are diverse in their areas of expertise and their approaches to research, teaching and student success, reflecting the diversity of our graduate and undergraduate students.

Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement.  Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Contact information

To be considered for the position, please send a cover letter that addresses the full scope of the job requirements, along with your curriculum vitae, appropriate evidence of research (publications or work in progress) and teaching skills (teaching statements, syllabi, evaluation data), a statement of diversity knowledge, experience and skills, and contact information for 3 references, to:

Dr. Martha McGinnis, Chair
Department of Linguistics
University of Victoria

If e-mail is not convenient, the following postal address can be used instead: PO Box 1700 STN CSC, Victoria BC V8W 2Y2, Canada.

Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process.

Application deadline

In order to be considered, application packages must be received by December 31, 2022.

Equity statement

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. Read our full equity statement here:

The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.

Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.