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Faculty - Tenure Track - ASL & Deaf Studies
Utah Valley University

Date Posted Nov. 12, 2019
Title Faculty - Tenure Track - ASL & Deaf Studies
University Utah Valley University
Orem, UT, United States
Department Department of Languages & Cultures
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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Faculty - Tenure Track - ASL & Deaf Studies

Position Category: Faculty - Tenure Track (FT)


The American Sign Language & Deaf Studies Program at Utah Valley University is seeking applications from equity-minded applicants for a full-time tenure track faculty position to begin fall semester 2020. The ASL & Deaf Studies Program is located in the Department of Languages & Cultures in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. This position is an excellent opportunity to play an essential role in a well-established program which offers a total of over fifty different courses serving multiple degree options.

Workload expectations will consist of teaching (80%), research (10%), and service (10%). The position carries a teaching load of 24 credit hours per academic year, typically 12 credits per semester (4/4). The appointee will design and teach courses using appropriate methods to meet clearly stated course objectives. Instruction may be face-to-face, online, or hybrid formats as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

A Ph.D. in Deaf Studies or a related field with a research focus related to Deaf cultures and/or signed languages required. Related fields include but are not limited to: anthropology, linguistics, history, education, geography, political science, sociology, etc. Applicants who have completed coursework toward a Ph.D. and who have made considerable progress toward the completion of the dissertation may be considered; however, the Ph.D. must be conferred before date of hire. Candidates must have native or native-like fluency in American Sign Language and be fluent in (written) English, prepared in basic teaching pedagogy and be willing and able to teach courses associated with the American Sign Language & Deaf Studies Program. Intimate and extensive Deaf-World experience required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of classroom instruction, curriculum development, and program evaluation.
  • Ability to manage, motivate and evaluate students.
  • Collegial and cordial attitude toward interaction with colleagues, students, and staff.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of Deaf Studies and the ties between the field and various allied disciplines.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of and familiarity with the Deaf-World.
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Self-motivated and responsible.
  • Ability to serve effectively on committees at the program, departmental, college, and university level.
  • Ability to conduct research in Deaf Studies.
  • Ability to engage with the local Deaf community.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous college-level teaching experience.
  • Training in specialty areas and teaching competency in areas that complement current faculty specialties as part of an interdisciplinary program in Deaf Studies.
  • Experience in Deaf education and a teaching license are desired.
  • Experience teaching across various platforms, i.e. face-to-face, online, and/or hybrid.
  • Previous presentations at Deaf studies conferences and publishing in journals and/or books.

Physical Requirements:

Most work is performed in a normal classroom and office environment. Involves moving around campus. Appointees must have the mental and physical ability to perform the tasks associated with the position with or without accommodations.

Benefits Summary:

UVU offers an excellent benefits package which includes a generous leave policy, 12 paid holidays, affordable medical and dental insurance options, life and AD&D insurance, tuition waiver (undergraduate resident) for employee and dependents and substantial employer contribution to a retirement plan.

FLSA: Exempt

Pay Range: DOQ

Advertisement Number: FAC59718 Languages Faculty

Open Date: 11/08/2019

Review Start Date: 12/08/2019

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions to Applicant: Applicants must complete a UVU application (no CVs accepted without an application) and provide proof of post-high school education (transcripts). To be considered in the first screening, all materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. on the Review Start date.

Deaf applicants are encouraged to apply. Applicants may be asked to submit a video demonstrating ASL fluency.

Priority consideration will be given to those applicants who apply on or before the Review Start Date." This job advertisement may close at any time after the review date.

Please list a minimum of three business references. References may be contacted at some point during the screening and selection process for a letter of recommendation.

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Employment decisions are made on the basis of an applicants qualifications and ability to perform the job without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 and over), disability, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or other bases protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.


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