UCL: Language Learning and Intercultural Communication (UK)


Professor of Language Learning and Intercultural Communication, Institute of Education, University College London (UCL), London, UK. Deadline: 9 April 2020.

The postholder will provide strategic leadership in the development of research and teaching in the areas of intercultural communication and modern language education, at the IOE and across UCL. The Professor will work with a team of academics whose expertise spans a range of areas in diverse education contexts.

You will develop and lead a new Master’s programme in Intercultural Communication for Language Teaching and Learning, and to lead on the development of an effective research strategy that enables the team to work towards national and international recognition of their work.

UC London Job Ad: Sociolinguistics (UK)

Job adsLecturer in Sociolinguistics for Language Education, Centre for Applied Linguistics, University College London, UK. Deadline: 14 November 2018.

Applications are invited for a Lectureship in Sociolinguistics for Language Education. The successful candidate is required to make a major contribution to the range of Master’s programmes in Applied Linguistics and TESOL, and to research and administration in the Centre for Applied Linguistics, including programme management, supervising PhDs, and carrying out first-class research activities. This post is available from 1st January 2019.

UC London Postdoc: Multimodal Communication (UK)

PostdocsResearch Associate in Multimodal CommunicationUniversity College London – UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences – Experimental Psychology. Deadline: 21 December 2017.

Applications are invited for the post of Research Associate in the Institute of Multimodal Communication, located within the Experimental Psychology Research Department, UCL. The project, funded by a ERC grant awarded to Gabriella Vigliocco, investigates the role of multimodal cues (such as gesture and eyegaze) in language learning and processing. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and implement multimodal computational models to be used to predict behavioural and neural responses. The appointee will also be expected to contribute to the writing of manuscripts and presenting the data at international conferences. Strong support for personal and professional development will be available. This post in funded for 2 years, in the first instance.

Applicants must hold a PhD, or have submitted their thesis, in Experimental Psychology, AI, Computer Science, Cognitive Science, or Linguistics, and have computational experience. The ability to work as part of a research team is essential, as is the ability to problem-solve in a technical setting. Programming skills are essential.

U College London Job Ad: Global Politics (UK)

Teaching Fellow in Global Politics, University College London – UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society – Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry (UK)

The UCL Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry invites applications for the post of Teaching Fellow in Global Politics. The successful candidate will be expected to take up the position on 1 September 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter. The post is fixed-term for 12 months.

The post holder will teach four courses or equivalent – an approximate total of 80 contact hours of teaching – at graduate level. He or she will be required to mark and assess work completed for these and, at the discretion of the Chair of CMII, other courses, assist in the preparation of timed examination papers to be taken in the summer term, supervise MA dissertations, participate in CMII PhD and MA dissertation presentations, hold office hours, attend meetings concerning the courses that he or she teaches, and complete mandatory training requirements that he or she may, in accordance with UCL policy, need to take.

The post holder will have a Postgraduate qualification or equivalent within the area of Global Politics, Comparative Politics, or International Relations.

Closing Date: 7 July 2017
Part-Time: 18.25 hours per week (50% FTE)


University College London Job Ad: Applied Linguistics

Research Assistant (2 years) – Ref:1640327 ESRC-funded Family Language Policy project – Somali community in London
UCL Institute of Education, University College London

Duties and Responsibilities:
You will be a member of the UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics, which is located in the UCL Institute of Education. The UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics is a centre of international excellence in research and teaching in bilingualism and multilingualism, second language acquisition and assessment, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, language-in-education policy and practice, English language teaching and teacher development, corpus linguistics, and intercultural communication.

The successful applicant will be involved in conducting family-based linguistic ethnography within the Somali community in London with different types of families. The post-holder will be expected to manage the day-today project objectives, under the supervision of Professor Li Wei, and to work in collaboration with the other project team members based in Reading University and Birkbeck College, University of London.

The post is available and funded from 01 September 2017 until 31 August 2019.

Key Requirements:
Candidates should have postgraduate qualifications in applied linguistics, with extensive knowledge of the Somali community in the UK and extensive knowledge of linguistic ethnography. Good knowledge of standard statistical analysis and demonstrable skills in verbal and written communication are expected.

Closing Date: 7 May 2017, latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59
Interview date:  TBC

Job Ad University College London (Applied Linguistics & TESOL)

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL
UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics, UCL Institute of Education
University College London (UCL), UK
Closing Date: 7 Jul 2016

Duties and Responsibilities
Applications are invited for a Lectureship in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the Masters programmes in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (including MA in TESOL Pre Service), especially in second language acquisition, bilingualism and multilingualism, corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, intercultural communication and/or research methods. The supervision of PhDs, research activities and administrative responsibilities of the Centre the Department, the Institute and UCL generally.

Key Requirements
The postholder will have a PhD in Applied Linguistics, TESOL or a relevant subject. Experience in teaching and supervision in a higher education institution and proven ability to undertake research and produce publications of high quality.

Further Details
The post is available from the 1st September 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

If you have any queries about the post, please contact Professor Li Wei li.wei [at] ucl.ac.uk
To apply, please go to UCL jobs website and apply online.
For technical queries, contact Jackie Gadd: j.gadd [at] ucl.ac.uk

University College London job ad: Screen Media

Lecturer in Screen Media
University College London – UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry
Closes: 13th May 2016

UCL invites applications for a Lectureship in Screen Media, within the Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry. The Centre would particularly like to strengthen its provision in the research and teaching of contemporary global media cultures. The postholder will be expected to contribute to the Centre and Faculty’s teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and to contribute to the running of the Centre, the Faculty and University generally.

The successful candidate will be expected to take up the position on 01 September 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The postholder will have a PhD or equivalent, with a proven track record of research and publications in an area of Film and Screen Studies. The postholder will be completely fluent in English and have the ability to teach Film and Screen studies at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy please contact Dr Lee Grieveson.
Reference Number: 1545147

Mapping Cultural Diversity

London is one of the most linguistically diverse cities in the world. Almost two million people speak English as a second language, and across the city, Londoners speak about 300 different languages. A new map shows how those languages show up as you travel along local subway lines.

The map was created by Oliver O’Brien, a researcher at University College London, using new census data. It shows which language is most common after English at each station, with bigger circles for the most popular languages. It’s drawn using the same simple graphic style as the standard subway map.

Adapted from the original article:
Peters, Adele. (2014, December 17). This map shows which languages are most common at every subway stop In London. Co.Exist.


Andrew Spieldenner-Microgrant report

NCA Microgrant Report
Andrew R. Spieldenner, Hofstra University

ARSpieldenner at Sigma
I applied for one of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue‘s microgrants funded by the National Communication Association  to explore the possibilities of meeting with researchers in London. Currently, I am looking at using communication methods to better implement and evaluate the roll out, implementation and uptake of HIV biomedical interventions among gay and bisexual men in the United States. Because of the disproportionate impact of HIV in the United States on certain groups, my work focuses on African American, Latino and HIV-positive gay men – all populations that experience persistent structural barriers in the healthcare system.

Matching funds
The Hofstra University School of Communication supported this project with a faculty research support grant. The matching funds covered the costs of housing and food while at the host institution.

Local host
The Global Forum on Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) hosted a Pre-Conference focused on gay and bisexual men at the International AIDS Conference 2012 in Washington, DC. I chaired the panel on HIV, community mobilization and immigrant MSM. On the panel, Ibidun Fakoya, Research Fellow at University College London presented her formative assessment of African gay men living with HIV in London. Ibidun Fakoya works with Dr. Fiona Burns on the advancing Migrant Access to health Services in Europe (aMASE). aMASE uses a multi-site Community Advisory Group to assess clinical and health care access for migrants in Europe with some focus on MSM and substance users. As such, aMASE is constructing a framework for effectively working with mobile and marginalized populations in assessing healthcare. In follow up conversations and through social media, a relationship emerged on common research interests. Through these conversations, the project emerged and additional meetings were made through Ibidun Fakoya and social media. In the past few years, I have developed a network of other advocates and researchers who are active on twitter and whose specialty is health disparities and the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.

Ibidun Fakoya, Andrew Spieldenner
Ibidun Fakoya, Andrew Spieldenner

Trip itinerary
My colleagues were generous with their time. I visited University College London, Birkbeck College and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Each meeting opened up other doors to consider – with other researchers, community groups, medical providers, and health policy institutions.

Uni College London

Ibidun “Ibi” Fakoya and Dr. Fiona Burns of University of College London aMASE project were my primary hosts. Ibi and I met with the Community Mobilization Coordinator to discuss the Community Advisory Group and the implementation of the research survey in multiple countries in clinic and community settings.  We brainstormed on possible community partners to achieve the target survey populations in the United Kingdom (UK), Germany, Spain and Italy. I was able to review the processes that aMASE has implemented to get a shared research tool and protocols across all partner sites. In addition, Ibi and I reviewed social marketing and health messaging in order to develop marketing materials. Ibi was instrumental in coordinating with the other researchers for my trip.

At the University College London, I met with Professor Graham Hart on HIV and gay men in the London and New York City, focusing on the vastly different healthcare systems in the two countries. Professor Hart is Dean of the School, and he has extensively researched HIV and gay men. Professor Hart was interested in how the differing healthcare systems and social attitudes about health impact the treatment and service environment for gay men of varied racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. He gave several referrals to visit community groups and health policy institutions.

Professor Matthew Weait of Birkbeck College is an expert on HIV criminalization laws. We discussed the ways that HIV criminalization laws operate in various countries, and how cultural views frame the laws. We also examined the concurrent passage of gay marriage legislation in Maryland alongside an enhancement of the state’s HIV criminalization law. We discussed the importance of translating research and policy into accessible language in order to mobilize community members.

Matt Weait, Andrew Spieldenner
Matt Weait, Andrew Spieldenner

Dr. Catherine Dodds and Dr. Ford Hickson of the Sigma Research Group are currently housed at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The Sigma Research Group has been on the forefront of research in the UK on gay men and HIV. They have conducted surveys at gay prides in the UK for over a decade, and have implemented several Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) projects alongside community partners. We had an intense discussion about harm reduction in HIV, the limits to current public health discourse on gay men and HIV, methods of conducting CBPR projects (including the use of Skype), and how communication – as a field – can be used in public health research.

Further activities
There are several future activities possible in the future. Many of these involve future correspondence and research support. We acknowledged that there were several meetings about HIV and our respective fields that may be of interest to the others. Dr. Hickson, Dr. Dodds  and Professor Weait committed to ongoing communication about projects and possible next dates for meetings when we happened to be in the same event (such as the International AIDS Conference 2014).

Ibidun Fakoya and I sketched out two different research projects to advance, and we are looking to collaborate over the next two years on these projects.

Finally, I plan to return to Europe summer of 2014 on another project, where I will be renewing my relationships with these researchers.

[NOTE: Andrew Spieldenner’s original project proposal is available here.]