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Assistant Professor in Deaf Studies (Tenure Track)
The University of Tennessee Knoxville

Date Posted Aug. 5, 2021
Title Assistant Professor in Deaf Studies (Tenure Track)
University The University of Tennessee Knoxville
Knoxville, TN, United States
Department Theory & Practice in Teacher Education
Application Deadline open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2022
  • Assistant Professor
  • Special Education

Assistant Professor in Deaf Studies (Tenure Track)
Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) is seeking an Assistant Professor for a tenure-track position in Deaf Studies in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education (TPTE).

The Deaf Studies unit in TPTE comprises three main disciplines—American Sign Language (ASL) Education, Deaf Education, and Educational Interpreting—plus an ASL Minor. Persons with expertise in one or more of these disciplines, or Deaf Studies more broadly, are encouraged to apply. Those with expertise in other closely related fields such as World Language Education, Linguistics, or Special Education, along with ASL- or Deaf-specific experience, are also welcome to apply.

TPTE, the College’s largest department, offers programs that lead to initial teacher licensure in many areas (including ASL Education PreK-12 and Deaf Education PreK-12), as well as undergraduate programs in educational interpreting and audiology/speech pathology. Several advanced programs within TPTE lead to additional teaching endorsements. Beyond the licensure programs, graduate education programs prepare master’s students, educational specialists, and doctoral students for careers in research, teaching, and leadership in research universities, teaching colleges, and school districts.

We seek a faculty member with a strong commitment to the department’s mission of:
1. Conducting educational research designed to improve opportunities for educational equity and excellence for all;
2. Preparing expert, culturally competent teachers, interpreters, researchers, and educational leaders who can meet the needs of all learners; and,
3. Engaging in outreach and service designed to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all learners, especially underserved populations.

This is a 9-month academic year position with the possibility of summer teaching or research opportunities. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Position begins August 1, 2022.

Responsibilities include: (1) conducting and publishing scholarly research; (2) pursuing external funding to support an active research agenda; (3) teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Deaf Studies, ASL, ASL Education, Educational Interpreting, and/or Deaf Education; (4) supervising practicum students, licensure-seeking students in PreK-12 classrooms, and/or graduate student research; (5) collaborating with the Deaf Studies team in development, delivery, and ongoing program evaluation; (6) developing collaborative relationships with local schools and community organizations; (7) providing service and leadership to local/state and national/international professional organizations; and, (8) fulfilling advising and administrative duties as required by the department and the university.

Required Qualifications
Applicants for the position must demonstrate: (1) an earned doctoral degree (by the start date) in Deaf Studies, ASL, ASL Education, Deaf Education, Interpreting, or a closely related field (2) evidence of scholarly potential and potential for external funding; (3) native or near-native ASL fluency; (4) evidence of potential to teach undergraduate and graduate students; (5) active participation with professional organizations at the local/state or national/international level; (6) a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Desired Qualifications
Applicants who demonstrate expertise in more than one area and are able to make contributions to multiple Deaf Studies disciplines (ASL, ASL Education, Deaf Education, Interpreter Education) will be given strong consideration. Additional desired qualifications include an established record of scholarship, expertise/experience in grant writing, PreK-12 teaching and potential to supervise teacher candidates, certification (e.g., ASLTA, RID), experience/expertise in related fields such as general Special Education, intentional incorporation of social justice into one’s teaching and scholarship, and distance education and instructional technology skills.

Application Process
Address applications to the search committee chairs and submit electronically ( ) a letter expressing your interest and describing your qualifications, a curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and reprints of relevant publications (or works in progress). Review of applications will begin on September 20, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. If you have questions please contact the co-chairs directly ( and

Drs. David Smith and Kimberly Wolbers
Co-Chairs of Search Committee
A207 Jane and David Bailey Education Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996-3442

  • E E O/A A Statement /Non-Discrimination Statement All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. 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, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), A.D.A. (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. 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 & Practice in Teacher Education
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    1122 Volunteer Blvd.
    Knoxville, TN 37996
  • 8659742321


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