Renowned linguist Noam Chomsky has joined the faculty at the University of Arizona, the school announced Thursday.
Chomsky, who has been a regular speaker and teacher at the UA over the last five years, has been hired by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences as a laureate professor in the Department of Linguistics. He will also hold the title of Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice.
The UA said Chomsky will start at the school this month and begin teaching in the spring semester.
As part of his part-time faculty position, Chomsky will teach, give public lectures and meet with students.
Considered the founder of modern linguistics, Chomsky is one of the most cited scholars in modern history and has written more than 100 books, including “Syntactic Structures,” “Language and Mind,” “Aspects of the Theory of Syntax” and “The Minimalist Program.”
He has received numerous awards, including the Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences, the Helmholtz Medal and the Ben Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science.
“Having a scholar of Dr. Chomsky’s caliber on our campus presents a tremendous opportunity for our students, faculty and staff, and truly speaks to the greatness of this university,” said UA President Robert Robbins in an email to faculty and staff. “Not only is Dr. Chomsky’s expertise in linguistics unmatched, he has also had incredible impact in the fields of cognitive science, philosophy, psychology, computer science, mathematics, childhood education and anthropology. He is also well known for his political commentary, and having him here will add to the diversity of thought and opinion we seek to foster on our campus.”