***In this time of emergency, while faculty and staff are still available remotely via their personal emails or the lingadv@pitt.edu, the general email account for Linguistics (lingpitt@pitt.edu) is not accessible remotely Please send general inquiries to the Department Administrator, Allison Thompson, at amt79@pitt.edu and I will forward them as appropriate. Stay safe in this challenging time!**


The Department of Linguistics has an international reputation and is particularly strong in the areas of second language acquisition, applied linguistics, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and sociolinguistics. Like every major linguistics program in the United States, the department is centrally concerned with core areas of linguistic theory, but it is unusual in that it also attaches equal importance to applied and descriptive endeavors.

The areas of expertise of the faculty are theoretical and descriptive linguistics, Hispanic linguistics, sociolinguistics, and second language acquisition. The department has a good student-faculty ratio and prides itself on its collegial atmosphere and close cooperation between faculty and students.

So what kind of career options are available in the field of linguistics? We're glad you asked. You'll likely be surprised to learn just how many career possibilities exist.

General Contact Information 

University of Pittsburgh
Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Department of Linguistics
2816 Cathedral of Learning
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Phone: 412-624-5938
Fax: 412-624-5520
E-mail: lingpitt@pitt.edu

Department Chair

Dr. Scott Kiesling
Phone: 412-624-5916
E-mail: kiesling@pitt.edu

Graduate Studies Admissions Director

Dr. Karen Park 
E-mail: kep81@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-3167

Director of Graduate Students and Graduate Student Advisor

 Dr. Marta Ortega-Llebaria 
E-mail: mao61@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-5844

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Jevon Heath
Phone: 412-624-5900
E-mail:  jsh82@pitt.edu

Undergraduate Advisors

For queries about declaring a major or minor in linguistics, please contact our undergrad advisors at lingadv@pitt.edu.

Department Mailing Lists

This is a general-interest mailing list intended for the extended department community. Events such as colloquiums and other news items are announced through this list. Membership is open to anyone interested in keeping up with the department news. To join or forward a particular announcement to this list, please e-mail Allison Thompson at amt79@pitt.edu.

This list is for the current members of the department including faculty, staff, and grad students. To join or forward a particular announcement to this list, please e-mail Allison Thompson at amt79@pitt.edu.

This list is intended for currently enrolled graduate students. To join or forward a particular announcement to this list, please e-mail Allison Thompson at amt79@pitt.edu.

Web Masters

Allison Thompson (Linguistics administrator) edits news, people and general pages 
LaShanda Lemmon (LMC Manager) edits English test pages and language pages
Na-Rae Han (Faculty supervisor) handles technical issues

All Web-related inquiries should be sent to the Web Masters at lingweb@pitt.edu.

Help us keep the department Web pages up to date! To make a request for Web page maintenance, please use this online request form:

Linguistics Department Web Maintenance Request Form*

*Please allow at least three working days for your request to be completed. If you do not receive a response, or if your request is not completed, e-mail the Web Masters at lingweb@pitt.edu.