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Lecturer, Computational Linguistics

University of British Columbia

The Department of Linguistics at The University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a Lecturer position in Computational Linguistics commencing as soon as January 1, 2020.

This is a full-time position for a term of up to three years, which entails a probationary first year. Lecturer positions are appointments without review (i.e. non-tenure track), renewable for successive terms, subject to availability of funds and demonstration of excellence in teaching and service, in accordance with the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association. The workload for the Lecturer position includes teaching plus service.

A full-time Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts is responsible for 24 teaching credits (i.e., eight 3-credit courses) and service assignments, based on a 3-3 load in the Winter sessions and 2 courses in the Summer sessions. In cases where extraordinary additional administrative responsibilities are assigned by the Head, a 3-credit teaching reduction may be granted. For the 2019-2020 year, this position is expected to support the Master of Data Science in Computational Linguistics program by working with course instructors to prepare lab and lecture materials as well as homework assignments and other evaluation tools, provide lab instruction for a number of courses in the two winter terms, mentoring students in the capstone final industry project course. The Lecturer is also expected to teach at least one undergraduate course in Computational Linguistics.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Linguistics or a closely related field, and are expected to demonstrate a record of or strong potential for high-quality teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. They should have experience building computational models of natural language using Python, and have experience running programming labs or other hands-on seminars. Significant experience building neural network models, serving as a class instructor, or creating curriculum relevant to computational linguistics would all be major assets for this position. Multidisciplinary experience (i.e. teaching or research involving more than one department) would also be very desirable. Training and experience in computer-assisted teaching, community-based learning, student-centered learning, task-based instruction, and curriculum development is an asset. The successful candidates will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching, active engagement in professional development and curriculum design/development of teaching materials, as well as fully participate in department affairs and service.

The Department covers a broad range of subfields in linguistics, and approaches these from a variety of perspectives, with particular strengths in formal-theoretical linguistics, fieldwork, experimental linguistics and language acquisition, and a developing research and teaching capacity in computational linguistics. The Department is a centre for the study of the Indigenous languages of the Americas with a particular focus on the First Nations languages of western Canada, and has a long history of work on African languages. See the Department website (https://www.linguistics.ubc.ca) for further details. Candidates who can complement existing strengths in research and teaching and make links with other units on campus are especially welcome.

Applicants are asked to provide: a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, a one-page statement about their experience working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion, and other evidence of teaching effectiveness (max. file size 3MB per document). Applicants should also provide the names and contact information for three referees who could provide confidential letters of recommendation. Applications must be submitted online at https://linguistics.ubc.ca/positions/faculty/.

Review of applications will begin soon after November 11, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

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