Networking meet-up in Boulder – Linguistics Beyond Academia

On behalf of the Linguistics Beyond Academia Special Interest Group for Linguistics Beyond Academia, I am thrilled to announce a networking meet-up in Boulder, CO Wednesday, Sept 19th at 6:30 pm at the Med.broadening connections

The Med
1002 Walnut Street
Boulder CO 80302

(there will be a sign on the table to help you find the group and/or contact info of the organizers will be provided when you RSVP)

A professional get-together for linguists currently based in the Boulder, CO area.

Whether you’re currently using your linguistics training in an applied or professional setting, or want to learn more about how you might do just that, this group is for those who want to connect with other local professionally-oriented linguists!

RSVP here and help us spread the word

Want to hold a networking meetup in your town?  Get in touch!


Job postings

intern position: Linguistic Society of America

The LSA is seeking applications for the position of Student Intern at its national office in Washington, DC for the Fall 2018 semester (September – December). This is a great opportunity to learn more about the field of linguistics, the professional needs of LSA members, and the LSA’s broader agenda to advance the scientific study of language. This internship also provides exposure to the workings of a small non-profit organization based in the nation’s capital.

Interns will gain experience with writing, research, database management, social science policy, and a variety of administrative tasks. Please see the position description below for additional details. The position is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in programs leading to a degree in linguistics or a related field.

Funding is available to support one part-time position at 18 hours per week, with a $2500 stipend. In order to receive a stipend, applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals with the appropriate work visa.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three academic/professional references to:, subject line: “LSA Internship Application.” The deadline for full consideration is August 10, 2018.

Position Description

Assist the LSA Secretariat with the following projects:

1) managing its social media accounts

2) website content management and development

3) research and information gathering on a variety of topics (not scholarly in nature)

4) database management

5) representation at meetings and conferences in the DC metro area

6) preparing summaries and analysis of reports and other materials

7) assisting with clerical support

8) develop and execute one long-term project of particular interest to the incumbent


Call for research participants: Women in Tech project

The Women in Tech-Retention (WIT-R) project – a partnership between The University of Maryland and research firm InContext –  is seeking to learn how colleges can prepare women and men for success early in their technology careers. They are looking for research participants who are women and men within the first 18 months of their first jobs in tech.

If you or someone you know fits the bill and would like to participate in the study, follow this link.

More about the Project:

The Women in Tech-Retention (WIT-R) project investigates why many women are leaving the high-tech field in large numbers — 50% more than men leave mid-career. Whereas much research is focused on getting women into STEM, nearly none addresses the work conditions needed for women to stay and thrive. To find out more about the WIT-R project go to:

For this phase of the project, InContext is collaborating with the University of Maryland. The project focuses on understanding how to best prepare women and men for success early in their technology careers. We would like to talk with recent graduates to understand how your education did or did not help you transition to success at work. Then we’d like to explore your early job experiences after graduation. We are interested in how your employer trained or prepared you for success in your first job. We are looking for people working in industry for 9-24 months in technology professions such as development, technical product management, user research, and design.

The interview will be in person or remotely through Skype for two hours at a time convenient to you. All interviews are confidential. Interviewers take anonymous written notes during the sessions. Interview notes will reference a user number and all organizational names will be removed. No personally identifying information is captured. Thank you for being willing to help with this inquiry. You are helping us improve both the education curriculum and what companies do to get young people started in their careers.



Attn lx researchers focused on Global Human Rights

The Department of Modern Languages & Global Studies at South Dakota State University is hosting an, “International Conference on Global Human Rights” on October 4-6. In order to complete a few panels, we would like to extend a further invitation for abstract submissions in linguistics and adjacent fields.


The conference itself is very interdisciplinary and for these specific panels we are open to all work that addresses language use or uses linguistic methodologies to examine any issue related to human rights. Please see the conference details linked above for further information regarding the conference schedule, keynote speakers, registration, and travel/accommodations.


The final deadline for abstract submissions is August 15, though will review abstracts on a rolling basis so early submissions are preferred. Please submit abstracts and/or questions directly to me at in order to speed up the process. We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Audio and Video

Linguist Liz Marasco brings a conversation analytic approach to the consent conversation.

Scholars in conversation analysis have known for a long time that we try to avoid using the word ‘no’. We rely on a number of other linguistic resources to ‘say no’ in order to save face. So why is this word necessary in one very specific, high-stakes situation? Liz Marasco has Master of Arts in Linguistics from CU Boulder where she specialized in conversation analysis. She believes opportunity and vulnerability exist in every interaction. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


Job postings

job posting: Director MA in Language and Communication (MLC) at Georgetown

University or Organization: Georgetown University
Department: Linguistics
Job Location: District of Columbia, USA
Web Address:
Job Title: Director of MA in Language and Communication

Job Rank: Director; Other

Specialty Areas: Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics; Ethnography, Institutional Discourse


The Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University invites applications for Director of its MA in Language and Communication (MLC), a professionally-oriented program in sociolinguistics that prepares students for careers in a wide range of fields, professional as well as academic. For more information about the MLC, please refer to our website:

The Director of the MLC is responsible for all key aspects of this program:
– Recruitment;
– Web and social media presence;
– Admissions; orientation; academic and professional advising;
– Development and execution of professional development activities/workshops;
– Monitoring of academic progress through degree (along with the departmental Director of Graduate Studies);
– Alumni outreach and networking;
– Community and professional outreach regarding linguistics in the professions.

In addition to the above-listed administrative and professional activities, the Director teaches two courses each academic year in the department (1-1 teaching load).

The appointment is for a three-year term beginning academic year 2018-21, with the possibility of renewal, and will start August 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter, to be determined by the search committee and successful candidate. Applicants must have completed all requirements for the PhD degree by the time of the appointment.

The ideal candidate is a scholar with a strong background in sociolinguistics, particularly ethnographic or discourse analytic approaches, who is passionate about the relevance of sociolinguistic insights for real-world challenges, including those within business, education, healthcare, legal, media, and governmental contexts. Candidates should have experience in both academia and the world outside it; an innovative, interdisciplinary research agenda; teaching experience and evidence of excellence in that domain; and experience in program administration.

Applications should be sent in a single pdf via email to Heidi E. Hamilton at application email provided below and should be received by midnight EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) Friday, July 13, 2018.

Applications should include a:
– CV;
– A brief statement of research interests, teaching qualifications, and your specific interest in the administration of the MLC program;
– One representative publication; and
– Names and contact information for three references.
– Please write “APPLICATION FOR MLC DIRECTOR POSITION” in the subject line of your message.

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or other categories protected by law.

Application Deadline: 13-Jul-2018
, MD
Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Professor Heidi E. Hamilton

Events, Professional Development

Stay on track professionally over the summer…

…with the support and accountability of the CL Mighty Network!

Membership is only $15 a month and you can try it out free for a week at any time! Read more about the Mighty Network (including what others are saying about the benefits of membership) here.

Why not start by trying out a work session on July 5th? Re-focus after the holiday by joining us from 9-11am PDT / 12 – 2pm EDT.  Work sessions are a time to come together to make progress on small tasks. We keep the (zoom) line open and each person quietly works on a project of his/her choosing (following some light facilitation at the top of the session).  RSVP for the July 5th work session here.

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Read more about the Mighty Network (including what others are saying about the benefits of membership) here.