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American Sign Language Education, Clinical Assistant Professor or Lecturer
The University of Tennessee

Date Posted Jan. 4, 2021
Title American Sign Language Education, Clinical Assistant Professor or Lecturer
University The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN, United States
Department Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
Application Deadline open until filled
Position Start Date August 2021
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Teacher Education

The Deaf Studies faculty members work collaboratively with other teacher education colleagues in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education (TPTE) within the highly-ranked College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee. TPTE faculty members are characterized by high productivity, a strong commitment to educational excellence and equity, and commitment to the College’s goal of "enhancing quality of life through research, outreach, and practice."

TPTE is seeking applications to fill a non-tenure track position as a Clinical Assistant Professor or Lecturer in ASL Education (ASL ED). The position begins August 1, 2021.

Required Qualifications
Required qualifications include: (1) an earned Master’s degree in a related field; (2) fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) as demonstrated with a minimum Advanced or higher on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview(SLPI) or 4.0 on the ASL Proficiency Interview (ASLPI ); (3) knowledge of the ACTFL and ASLTA Standards (4) active participation with professional organizations at the state and/or national level; (5) experience in regard to cultural, linguistic, gender, and ethnic diversity; and (6) evidence of potential to teach and supervise undergraduate and graduate students in ASL ED.
Desired Qualifications
Desired qualifications include: (1) at least 3 years teaching experience in Pre K-12; (2) history of successfully teaching and supervising undergraduate and/or graduate students; (3) fluency in ASL as demonstrated with Advanced to Superior Plus on the SLPI or 4.0+ to 5 on the ASLPI; (4) an earned doctorate in ASL, Linguistics, Interpreting, Education, Language and Culture, Second Language Learning, or a highly related field; (5) certification in ASL teaching by ASLTA; and (6) experience in the use of Canvas or other learning management systems, and application of technologies such as video editing skills and web development

Duties and Responsibilities
Responsibilities include: (1) teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in ASL and ASL ED; (2) supervising students in teaching placements and conducting informal/formal evaluations; and (3) advising students.

This 9-month non-tenure track appointment is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. There is possibility of promotion in rank after five successful years at starting rank.

Application Process
Initial review of candidates will begin March 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Send an electronic letter of application, curriculum vita, and letters from three academic references to the search chairs at Please include ASL Search in the subject line of the email. Please do not submit applications trough INDEED or other job search entities.

Dr. Kimberly Wolbers and Dr. David Smith
Co-Chairs of Search Committee
A214 Jane and David Bailey Education Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996-3442

  • The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

    EEO/AA Statement /Non-Discrimination Statement
 All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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Contact Information

  • Gina Guinn
    Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
    The University of Tennessee
    238 Bailey Education Complex
    The University of Tennessee
    Knoxville, TN


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