September 9, 2012

Position Announcement at UMCP's Center for Advanced Study of Language

The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) is seeking to fill a research faculty position in Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation to work in its interdisciplinary national language research program. CASL seeks scholars with expertise particularly in the modeling of change over time, the design of sensitive measures, and program evaluation. The ideal candidate will have strong foundations in quantitative methods such as factor analysis, logistic regression, structural equation modeling, hierarchical linear modeling, and meta-analysis. Areas of specialization may include linear/nonlinear mixed effects and random coefficient models, latent growth models, mixture models, psychometrics, and Bayesian modeling. The successful candidate will work with multidisciplinary teams – including second language acquisition researchers, anthropologists, industrial/organizational and cognitive psychologists, and computational/ descriptive/psycholinguists – on projects that optimize language, culture, and job training and promote and track the acquisition and maintenance of critical foreign languages.

Appointments to CASL are as members of the research faculty of the University of Maryland under renewable three-year contracts, with highly competitive salary (12-month) and benefits.

Qualifications: Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. in measurement, statistics, and evaluation, or a related field and a record of research productivity and publications. The center is seeking people who will contribute to the strategic direction of CASL and will participate in multiple research projects. Candidates' research and publications should demonstrate the ability to tackle complex, interdisciplinary research and to work collaboratively with a range of institutions and researchers.

Candidates must hold U.S. citizenship and be willing to obtain the appropriate security clearance.

CASL, established in 2003, is one of 14 university-affiliated research centers in the nation. Its mission is to conduct state-of-the-science research that results in improved performance on language tasks relevant to the work of government language professionals. Our research focuses on improving knowledge of less commonly taught languages, enhancing the acquisition and maintenance of foreign language capability by government professionals, advancing the capacity to use foreign language skills in government professions, and improving the quality of human language technology. CASL is expanding its mission to include new directions in language and intelligence analysis. For more information on CASL, please go to

Application: For best consideration, please apply online by November 30, 2012 at and click on “Faculty” (or direct link: ). You will need to create an account and submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae (CV), three writing samples and a list of references containing the contact information for at least three professional referees. References will later be requested from short-listed candidates. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected. The University of Maryland is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Questions about this position should be sent by e-mail to jobquestions at casl dot umd dot edu.

Nalley, H. [LTEST-L] Position Announcement at UMCP's Center for Advanced Study of Language. LTEST-L listserv (LTEST-L@LISTS.PSU.EDU, 4 Sep 2012).

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