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Litman, Diane J

Nov 16, 2017, 9:37:27 PM11/16/17
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From: Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm <coa...@rit.edu>
Sent: Thursday, November 16, 2017 7:28 AM
To: Litman, Diane J; Wiebe, Janyce Marbury
Subject: Job: Visiting Assistant Professor in Computational Linguistics and Language Science at RIT

Dear Diane and Janyce,


I am writing on behalf of our search committee. We are conducting a search for a Visiting Assistant Professor in Computational Linguistics/Language Science. The position announcement is included below. We appreciate help with identifying candidates. Please feel free to pass on our position announcement to your students. We will start reviewing applications on November 25. Applications are submitted at http://careers.rit.edu/faculty (search: 3499BR).


One aspect that is fairly unique about our profile is that we are members of the College of Liberal Arts of a technical university. RIT also has large Colleges of Computing and Information Sciences and of Engineering, and it is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Many of our students are in programs in STEM and computing, and we interact with students from undergraduate and graduate programs. Our environment encourages and offers opportunities for interdisciplinary activities and collaborations. We believe candidates would find our academic environment and RIT to be stimulating, rewarding, and supportive of personal and professional growth. Please urge your students and advisees to contact me if I may answer any questions and provide additional information about the position or RIT.


We very much appreciate your consideration.


Warm wishes,




Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Computational Linguistics and Language Science/ENGL 

Computational Linguistics and Speech Processing Lab


Rochester Institute of Technology
92 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
Office: LBR-2110, (585) 475-7327






Visiting Assistant Professor in Computational Linguistics and Language Science


Detailed Job Description:

The Department of English invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor position, beginning in January 2018, with specialization in computational linguistics and/or innovative technical or scientific methods in language science at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), with a focus on one or more areas of application. Possible areas include:


-  Deep learning for natural language understanding

-  Speech and speech technology

-  Multimodal and linguistic sensors

-  Human-computer interaction

-  Linguistic narrative analytics

The applicant should demonstrate a fit with our commitment to collaborate with colleagues across the university on initiatives in artificial intelligence and in digital humanities and social sciences. The position has the possibility of extension beyond Spring 2018.

The successful applicant will be a researcher and teacher with an agenda that emphasizes innovative technical methods in linguistics, for instance in natural language processing, linguistic/multimodal sensors, speech and speech technology, and/or other computational or technical approaches applied to language data. We are seeking a scholar who engages in disciplinary and interdisciplinary teamwork, student mentoring, and has a coherent plan for grant seeking activities. The right candidate will contribute to advancing our interdisciplinary language science curriculum in a college of liberal arts at a technical university. Contributions that build students' global education experiences are additionally valued.

The teaching assignment may be Introduction to Language Science, Language Technology, Introduction to NLP, Science and Analytics of Speech (acoustic and experimental phonetics), Spoken Language Processing (automatic speech recognition and text-to-speech synthesis), Seminar in Computational Linguistics, self-designed courses, or another course depending on background.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT's core valueshonor code, and statement of diversity.

Department Description:

RIT is a national leader in professional and career-oriented education. Talented, ambitious, and creative students of all cultures and backgrounds from all 50 states and more than 100 countries have chosen to attend RIT. Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning. With approximately 15,000 undergraduates and 2,900 graduate students, RIT is one of the largest private universities in the nation. RIT offers a rich array of degree programs in engineering, science, business, and the arts, and is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. RIT has been honored by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” for four years. RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site. RIT is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples by our membership in the Upstate NY HERC.

Rochester, situated between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes region, is the 51st largest metro area in the United States and the third largest city in New York State. The Greater Rochester region, which is home to nearly 1.1 million people, is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity, with a population comprised of approximately 18% African and Latin Americans and another 3% of international origin. It is also home to one of the largest deaf communities per capita in the U.S. Rochester ranks 4th for “Most Affordable City" by Forbes Magazine, and MSN selected Rochester as the “#1 Most Livable Bargain Market” (for real-estate). Kiplinger named Rochester one of the top five “Best City for Families.”

Job Requirements:

- Ph.D. with training in Computational Linguistics, Linguistics, or an allied field for language science, in hand prior to appointment date.

- Advanced graduate coursework in computational linguistics, including natural language and/or spoken language processing or technical methods in linguistics.

- Publication record and coherent plan for research and grant seeking activities.

- Evidence of outstanding teaching.

- Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college's continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.

How to Apply:

Apply online at http://apptrkr.com/1116776. Please submit your online application, curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and upload the following attachments:


- A research statement

- A teaching statement

- Copy of transcripts of graduate coursework

- A sample publication 

- The names, addresses, and phone numbers for three references
Statement of diversity


Questions regarding this position can be directed to the search committee chair-Dr. Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm at coa...@rit.edu.

Review of applications will begin on November 25, 2017 and will continue until an acceptable candidate is found.


RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov.




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