Assistant or Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics and Psychometrics, Iowa State University, USA

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Assistant or Associate Professor

Applied Linguistics and Psychometrics

The English Department at Iowa State University is seeking applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor of language assessment with an emphasis in 1) the use of modern psychometric approaches (e.g., item response theory and generalizability theory) to evaluate the reliability of new forms of assessments, 2) inventing innovative language assessments based on exploration of new constructs of language ability demanded by the use of technology and multimodality.

At the undergraduate level the candidate will teach courses in linguistics and ESL.  At the graduate level the candidate will teach courses in the Ph.D. program in applied linguistics and technology and in the MA program in TESL/applied linguistics.  Graduate courses may include second language assessment, second language acquisition or applied linguistics research methods, according to specialty.  This position will begin with a 2/2 teaching load.

Research areas of particular interest include assessments using natural language processing, assessment of second language, assessment of language for specific purposes (e.g., discipline specific language), second language acquisition, and statistical approaches to the study of language teaching and learning.

Ph.D. in applied linguistics, psychometrics or related field and demonstrated strength for excellence in research and effectiveness in teaching required for Assistant Professor, tenure-track; Ph.D. in applied linguistics, psychometrics or related field, and in addition to the above, a demonstrated record of accomplishments in scholarship, including an outstanding publication record, and effectiveness in teaching required for Associate Professor, with tenure.  Preferred qualifications include ESL teaching and assessment experience, publications, and work on externally funded research projects.  Beginning August 2014.

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 33,000 students are enrolled, and served by over 6,000 faculty and staff (see Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of nearly 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted second best most livable small city in the nation (see

Please apply for this position through the Iowa State University website at by clicking on “Apply for this Vacancy”(#131096) and completing the Employment Application.  Please be prepared to enter or attach the following materials for consideration: letter of application/cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching/research interests, list of graduate courses, and contact information for three references.  Application deadline is November 10, 2013.  ISU is an EO/AA Employer.  Women and members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


David J. Oakey, BA, MEd, PhD

Assistant Professor

Applied Linguistics Program

Iowa State University

317 Ross Hall

Ames, Iowa 50011-1201, USA


Office: 515-294-7521


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