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Part-time Junior Lecturer in General Linguistics

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The Department of General Linguistics at Stellenbosch University is committed to excellent undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and academic supervision, quality research, and effective community interaction.

Stellenbosch University

Department of General Linguistics

Part-time Junior Lecturer

(Ref. LSW03/303/0917)

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The Department of General Linguistics at Stellenbosch University is committed to excellent undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and academic supervision, quality research, and effective community interaction involving the application of theoretical insights to linguistic phenomena in the South African as well as the international context. The Department's teaching and research activities focus on both formal and applied linguistics, including language structure (syntax and morphology), first and second language acquisition, and several aspects of language use (visit Our research focuses on multilingual and intercultural contexts, taking as point of departure the Department's location in the Western Cape and on the African continent. We work collaboratively on a number of research projects with local and overseas departments, as well as with institutions in Africa, the latter via our involvement in the Faculty's Graduate School.


  • Developing and presenting undergraduate and postgraduate modules in sociolinguistics and cognate fields;
  • Postgraduate supervision in sociolinguistics and cognate fields;
  • Actively participating in the research, publication and teaching activities of the Department;
  • Administrative tasks associated with these activities.

Job Requirements:

  • An Honours degree in Linguistics with registration for an MA degree in Linguistics taking place in 2018, OR an MA degree in Linguistics (in progress or completed);
  • A strong theoretical background in at least two of the following: multilingualism; language and education; or intercultural communication;
  • Thorough understanding of current theoretical perspectives in sociolinguistics;
  • Experience in using qualitative sociolinguistic research methods such as linguistic ethnography, language biographies, and arts-based methodology;
  • Commitment to publishing in high-impact academic journals;
  • Proficiency in a South African language other than English or Afrikaans;
  • Willingness to teach in a multilingual environment;
  • Promoting innovative and critical thinking in sociolinguistics and cognate fields among undergraduate and postgraduate students;
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in developing, facilitating, and coordinating the academic project of the Department.


  • Skill and experience in training and teaching in sociolinguistics at a Higher Educational level;
  • Expertise in the sociolinguistics of Southern African multilingualism;
  • Research presentations at academic workshops and/or conferences.

Enquiries regarding job content: Dr F. Southwood on 021 808 2010

Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Client Service Centre on 021 808 2753

Closing date: 26 October 2017

Commencement date: 1 January 2018

The University will consider all applications in terms of its Employment Equity Plan, which acknowledges the need to diversify the demographic composition of the staff corps, especially with regard to the appointment of suitable candidates from the designated groups.


The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.


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Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and e-mail address of at least three referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post.


Candidates may be subjected to appropriate psychometric testing and other selection instruments.


The University reserves the right to investigate qualifications and conduct background checks on all candidates.


Should no feedback be received from the University within six weeks of the closing date, kindly accept that your application did not succeed.


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