Marit Kristine Westergaard
Professor of English Linguistics (UiT & NTNU)

Dr. Philos. Linguistics (Tromsø)
Cand. Philol. English, German, Linguistics (Tromsø, Bergen, Oslo)
MA Linguistics (UC San Diego)

Teaching & Supervision


Academic leadership experience (selection) 

  • Director AcqVA Aurora, UiT Aurora Centre, funded by UiT (NOK 30 mill.), 2020-2024.
  • Principal Investigator MultiGender: A Multilingual Approach to Grammatical Gender, 2019-2020. Funding: Centre for Advanced Study (Oslo) (with Terje Lohndal).
  • Director of AcqVA (Acquisition, Variation & Attrition), joint NTNU/UiT research group 2016-.
  • Leader of research group LAVA (Language Acquisition, Variation & Attrition), funded by Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences & Education 2015-2019 (approx. NOK 2.8 mill. per year).
  • Principal Investigator MiMS, Micro-variation in Multilingual Acquisition and Attrition Situations, funded by the RCN 2016-2020 (NOK 9 mill.)
  • Director of CASTL (Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics), a Norwegian Center of Excellence 2009 – 2012, funded by the Research Council of Norway (RCN) and UiT (approx. NOK 12 mill. per year).
  • Principal Investigator BIC, Bilingual Immigrant Children, funded by the Tromsø Research Foundation 2012-2014 (NOK 1 mill.).
  • Principal Investigator NoRus, Bilingual Norwegian-Russian Children in North Norway, funded by the Tromsø Research Foundation 2012-2014 (NOK 1 mill.).
  • Leader Language Acquisition @ CASTL, research group built up over a number of years.

Academic leadership training 

  • Research leadership course, University of Oslo, 2011-2012
  • Academic leadership program, University of Tromsø, 2009-2012
  • AFF (Administrative Research Institute) course on academic leadership for women, Oslo/Bergen 1999-2000


Awards / Academy and other memberships




  • Representative to the Board of the PhD program, Humanities Faculty, 2009.
  • Vice chair of the Department of Language and Linguistics, 2005-2007.
  • Chair of the board for the integrated Masters program for teachers: 2003-2005, 2005-2009.
  • Representative on the board for the study program in economics and language, 2005-2009.
  • Representative, Board of the Department of Language and Linguistics, 2003-2005.
  • Representative, English Department Council, 1997-99, 2001-2003.
  • Representative, Humanities Faculty Board, 1997-99, alternate 2001-2003.
  • Representative, Board of the University of Tromsø (1st alternate), 1999-2001.
  • Member of the Board of the Norwegian Study Centre in Great Britain, 1991-2001.
  • Member of the Board of UNISCENE (European University Network for Innovative Student-centred Education), 1998-2001.
  • Representative to the European educational program LINGUA, 1995-2000.
  • Contact person for various ERASMUS agreements with European universities.
  • Chair of Teaching Committee (Undervisningsutvalget), Humanities Faculty, 1997-1999.
  • Representative, Council of employment (Tilsettingsrådet), University of Tromsø, 1995-1996.
  • Head of the English Department, 1991-1993.
  • Member of the English Department’s “Three-term committee” and main organizer of the Department’s three-term project (initiated by the Ministry of Education), 1991-1993.

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