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Lecturer in Linguistics
University of the South Pacific

Date Posted Jun. 22, 2018
Title Lecturer in Linguistics
University University of the South Pacific
Department School of Language, Arts & Media
Application Deadline Jul. 15, 2018
Position Start Date Available immediately
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  • Suva
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Linguistics
    Applied Linguistics

Lecturer in Linguistics
School of Language, Arts & Media – LLL004

The University of the South Pacific is the premier tertiary institution in the Pacific region. Established in 1968, it is committed to international standards of research and teaching excellence, with an emphasis on key regional issues. USP is jointly owned by 12 member countries; Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Courses are offered face-to-face at our main campuses (predominantly at the Laucala Campus where this position is based), as well as by online and blended modes, in order to cater for students spread across 33 million square kilometres of ocean, on both sides of the international dateline. This location at the heart of the world’s most linguistically diverse region makes USP a fascinating institution in which to work as a linguist.

The successful candidate will be based in the School of Language, Arts and Media (SLAM), which houses the disciplines of Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Literature, Creative Writing, Academic English, Journalism, Fijian, Hindi, French and Chinese. SLAM places a high value on collegiality and on the development of a dynamic scholarly community. It is one of the most research-focused schools in the university, a trend SLAM invites the successful applicant to continue.

The Opportunity

SLAM is seeking to appoint a motivated, experienced and talented individual who can make a significant contribution to research and teaching within the field of Linguistics.
The appointee will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses primarily within Linguistics. The incumbent will be expected to conduct and publish high quality research within the field of Linguistics, ideally with a focus on issues of relevance to the Pacific region. The position is based at the Laucala Campus in Suva, Fiji.

The Person We Seek

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

- A PhD in Linguistics;
- Specialism in one of the following: Phonology, morphology, syntax, or semantics with the ability to teach introductory courses across these areas;
- Proven record of effective tertiary teaching in Linguistics;
- Experience of linguistic field research, either as part of the PhD research or in subsequent projects;
- Strong record of research publications in peer reviewed journals/books and participation in conferences commensurate with the applicant’s career stage;
- Focused personal research plan which determines clear and achievable publication and conference goals;
- Good interpersonal skills with the ability to work well within multilingual, multicultural environments;
- Good organisational skills;
- Strong oral and written communication skills in English;
- Commitment to excellence in research, teaching and student support;
- Commitment to working within professional and ethical codes of conduct;
- The initiative to drive change and innovation;
- Commitment to fostering the sustainability of linguistic expertise within the Pacific region;
- A spirit of collegiality and collaboration.

Preference will be given to applicants with:

- Experience and knowledge relating to the languages of the Pacific and/or language issues faced in the Pacific region;
- Experience conducting practical workshops or training in relevant research methods;
- Experience teaching students for whom English is a second language;
- Experience in course development;
- Experience of online platforms such as Moodle, or distance modes of delivery;
- Working knowledge of at least one indigenous Pacific language.


The position is available for a term of 5 years and may be renewed by mutual agreement.

Salary Range: FJ $66, 990 to FJ $88, 144 per annum

In addition to the above benefits, the University contributes 10% of basic salary to an approved superannuation scheme, provides airfare and relocation costs where appropriate.

Enquiries: Dr Fiona Willans, Coordinator for Linguistics; tel.: (679) 32 32699; email:

Closing date for applications: 15 July 2018

How to Apply

Candidates may use the University’s online E-Recruitment system to view full details and apply for this position at Manual and emailed applications are no longer accepted. Candidates may request further information from the Human Resources Office; tel.: (679) 32 32072; email: or

Please also include the following documents in your application: Cover letter and Resume clearly addressing key Selection Criteria, academic transcript and names of three referees, one of which must be your current or most recent direct work supervisor.

  • USP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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