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Assistant Professor in Austronesian

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position (position no. 2023-01919) in Austronesian languages and linguistics to begin Fall 2024, pending position clearance and availability of funds. Seeking outstanding applicants whose research and teaching specialization in Austronesian will contribute to the department’s strong commitment to language sustainability and diversity in the Pacific, Asia and beyond; study of language through data-driven methods, including experimental, documentary, and computational approaches; and emphasis on community engagement in language work. The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa offers MA and PhD degree programs in Linguistics, as well as an interdisciplinary BA.

We welcome applications from populations historically underrepresented in the academy, especially members of Austronesian language communities. We also seek applicants who will contribute to excellence in teaching and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds.

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2023, until the position is filled. For more information and to apply, visit

University of Hawaii Linguistics Department ranked 10th Nationally according to the 2023 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings



The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has been internationally recognized as one of the world’s top universities across multiple subject areas, including linguistics, anthropology and geology, according to the 2023 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject released on July 10.

UH Mānoa placed in the world’s top 100 and the country’s top 25 in five narrow subject areas:

  • Linguistics: No. 19 worldwide, No. 10 U.S.
  • Anthropology: No. 51–100 worldwide, No. 18 U.S.
  • Geophysics: No. 44 worldwide, No. 19 U.S.
  • Geology: No. 44 worldwide, No. 19 U.S.
  • Earth and marine sciences: No. 51–100 worldwide, No. 20 U.S.

Complete story can be found here.

Andrea Berez-Kroeker, Bradley McDonnell and Eve Koller published The Open Handbook of Linguistic Data Management

MIT Press has just published The Open Handbook of Linguistic Data Management, which was edited by Andrea Berez-Kroeker (Professor), Bradley McDonnell (Associate Professor), Eve Koller (PhD 2017) and Lauren B. Collister (U Pittsburgh). The Handbook, which is fully free and Open Access and can be found here, features 56 chapters including several from current and former UH faculty and alumni: Gary Holton, James Grama, Nala Lee, Matthew Lou-Magnusson, Luca Onnis, Bodo Winter, and Rory Turnbull. The volume offers a guide to linguistic data management, engaging with current trends toward the transformation of linguistics into a more data-driven and reproducible scientific endeavor. It offers both principles and methods, presenting the conceptual foundations of linguistic data management and a series of case studies, each of which demonstrates a concrete application of abstract principles in current practice. An online companion course can be found here.

SEALS 31 Conference in May 2022

31st Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS 31)

Department of Linguistics & National Foreign Language Resource Center

May 18–20, 2022


The Department of Linguistics is proud to announce that we will be hosting the 31st Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS). SEALS 31 will be a hybrid conference, held both on the campus of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and virtually, on May 18-20, 2022, with a special virtual poster session on May 13, 2022. We invite all scholars of Southeast Asian languages to submit an abstract (deadline January 03, 2022). Please visit for more information.


This conference is sponsored by the Department of Linguistics, the National Foreign Language Resource Center, and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UHM, and the National Science Foundation.

Outstanding Dissertation Awards for 2020

Congratulations to the following students who have received outstanding dissertation awards for 2020:

Ivan Bondoc is the recipient of the 2020 Dr. Clifford Mirikitani, M.D., J.D. & John M. Mirikitani, J.D., Ph.D. Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Sharon Bulalang-Estioca won the LLL Excellence in Doctoral Dissertation Research Award given by the College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature in April 2020. Her dissertation, ‘A Grammar of Western Subanon” is a comprehensive description of the grammar of  this language, her mother tongue and an endangered Austronesian language spoken in the southern Philippines.

In addition to this award, she also received another Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Founder Region Fellowship, of Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA). This award is very competitive, and is given to highly motivated women pursuing their PhD program in the Unites States, and are engaged in academic research in fields including science, technology, education, the environment, women’s issues and international relations.