The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas

Position at University of Oklahoma

Assistant/Associate Curator of Native American Languages, 
or Native American Linguistics Assistant/Associate Professor of Anthropology 
The University of Oklahoma’s Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and the Department of Anthropology seek an Assistant/Associate Curator of Native American Languages and an Assistant/Associate Professor of Anthropology for a tenure track position. This is a nine-month joint appointment between the department and the museum. We seek a scholar holding a Ph.D. in linguistics or linguistic anthropology with a research specialization in Native American languages. Candidates should demonstrate a willingness to engage in outreach to Native communities in Oklahoma, including collaborative research and community participation in museum exhibits and programs. The holder of this position will develop language documentation and maintenance projects with Oklahoma’s Native communities and must possess a willingness to seek external funding for outreach and research, as well as maintaining the current language collection in the museum. In the role of curator, the successful candidate will utilize traditional and digital archival techniques to establish a public collection of American Indian language data. It is expected that the candidate will have strong abilities in digital multi-media technology and its use in linguistic research, outreach, and pedagogy. Scholars working on combating language endangerment and the development of language maintenance strategies, as well as those with experience in fieldwork-based descriptive linguistics are encouraged to apply.The state of Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma have excellent resources for work on American Indian languages. The state is home to over forty American Indian languages representing at least six families. The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is a large and comprehensive center for research and public programs. Housed in a state-of-the-art facility and winner of the National Medal for Museums, the museum maintains a strong commitment to community service and has an established tradition of working with American Indian communities. Its Divisions of Ethnology and Archaeology hold significant collections of American Indian material culture. The museum has 10 active curators who are leading researchers in their disciplines. The Department of Anthropology is a Ph.D.-granting program with a focus on American Indian studies. The department offers a full and growing curriculum of instruction in American Indian languages, with classes offered in Choctaw, Kiowa, Cherokee, and Creek/Seminole. The successful candidate will join a department that includes linguistic anthropologists and Native language instructors. The campus is also home to a strong Native American Studies program, a rich Western history archive, and a large Native American student body.

Consideration of applications will begin December 31, 2014 and the position will remain open until filled. OU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants should send a letter detailing research interests and teaching experience, vita, and contact information for three references by email in PDF format to search committee Chairs Dr. Dan Swan ( and Dr. Sean O’Neill ( and Managerial Associate, Misty Wilson (


Updated: December 8, 2014 — 11:05 am

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