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Linguistics Professor—Editing and Publishing

Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah
Starting rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Posted Date
Jul 7, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature, English as a Second Language, Foreign Languages & Literatures, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Editing & Publications Management
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Details

Job Title:  Professor of Linguistics--Editing and Publishing (may be underfilled with visitor)

Job Classification:  Faculty CFS -- Professorial

Posting close date: Sept. 1, 2022

Start date of this position:  August 1, 2023

Required Degree: PHD (by August 2023) in a field that is demonstrably applicable to editing and publishing.  Such fields might include--but are not necessarily restricted to--publishing studies, linguistics, English language, writing studies, composition, English, rhetoric, and technical or professional communication.  

Required degree must be completed by the start date.


Required qualifications:

  • Ability to teach core courses in editing and publishing such as grammar of English, basic (copy)editing, substantive editing, editing for publication
  • Strong potential for or evidence of scholarly research and research agenda
  • Commitment to student mentoring
  • Ability to support and help strategically direct a large undergraduate editing and publishing major

Preferred qualifications:

  • Professional editing or publishing experience.  This experience could include a specialty in copywriting, trade books, scholarly publication, fiction, textbooks, journals, magazines, digital publishing, or the business of publishing
  • Connection to publishing professionals and industry
  • Ability to serve on thesis committees (reader and/or chair) in TESOL or linguistics
  • Ability to make connections between candidate's scholarship and the field of linguistics and editing and publishing
  • Ability to collaborate with undergraduate and graduate students on student- and faculty-led research projects
  • Understanding of the field of linguistics and ability to teach general courses in linguistics
  • Ability to coordinate the faculty publication service (FPS) by overseeing managers who run day-to-day operations
  • Ability to support efforts to transition the FPS into a research and teaching hub


Primary responsibilities under a 10-month contract will include:

  • Teaching six courses per year primarily in BYU's editing and publishing major or editing minor.  Teaching responsibilities may also include courses in linguistics, including advanced courses in areas of specialization, depending upon the successful candidate's expertise.  A successful candidate will be expected to live in (e.g., move to) Utah and teach in-person classes.  
  • Conducting and publishing research applicable to editing or publishing
  • Mentoring students in scholarly research, presenting professional papers, publishing peer-reviewed articles, and grant writing
  • Completing other departmental or college responsibilities, such as student advising, program coordination and development, committee service, shared governance, and disciplinary service

All qualified candidates are invited to apply, including women, people of color, and people with disabilities.

Starting rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  

Information required at the time of application – Please list the individual contact information for each of your three recommenders on the faculty application. At some point during the selection process they may be contacted to submit their letters of reference electronically

Document(s) required at the time of application - Please attach your updated Curriculum Vitae and cover letter to the faculty application.


Equal Opportunity Employer: m/f/Vets/Disability

Brigham Young University is an equal opportunity employer.  All faculty are required to abide by the university’s Honor Code and Dress & Grooming Standards. Preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the affiliated church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Successful candidates are expected to support and contribute to the academic and religious missions of the university within the context of the principles and doctrine of the affiliated church.


A world yearning for hope and joy needs a different model of university. At Brigham Young University, belief enhances inquiry, study amplifies faith, and revelation leads to rich understanding. Teaching and research are both valued, and excellence and affordability go hand in hand. As the flagship higher education institution of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, BYU strives to be among the exceptional universities in the world and an essential university for the world.

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