Dixie State University

Assistant Professor of American Sign Language (ASL)

 SALARY: See Position Description 
OPENING DATE: 02/02/21 
CLOSING DATE: Continuous 
The Department of History, Humanities, and Modern Languages at Dixie State University (DSU) in St. George, Utah, is seeking an enthusiastic and well-qualified individual for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of American Sign Language (ASL), training future interpreters towards an ASL interpreter certification and/or degree. More information about the Modern Languages area and its associated programs and faculty can be found online at, with ASL specifically being found online at 
• Teach all levels (1000-4000) of ASL interpreting and related courses, leading to certification and/or degree. Classroom instruction and university translation services equal to 24 credits per academic year. 

• Review and assist with developing ASL curriculum sufficient to prepare students for state and national certification testing. 

• Work with the department chair, the dean, and other faculty to advance the university’s and department mission, including:
o Holding office hours; 
o Advising program students; 
o Mentoring part-time instructors; 
o Rotating course coordination; 
o Engaging in community, university, departmental, and discipline service activities. 

• Fulfill faculty responsibilities, including participating in department events and meetings, as well as serving on departmental, college, and university committees as assigned. 

• Assist students in developing interpreting skills and analyzing ASL development and production.  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Department Chair and/or Dean. 
• Terminal degree (Ph.D. or EdD) required, with an undergraduate or graduate degree in Deaf Studies, Deaf Education, ASL Interpreting, or related field preferred. Candidates who are ABD that will complete their terminal degree by August 2021 will also be considered.  • Interpreter Certification (NIC, NAD, RID, CDI, UTAH PROFESSIONAL, or equitable qualification) required; some interpreting experience expected. 
• Membership in various interpreter, deaf, and interpreter training organizations. 
• Focus, interest, and expertise in college-level teaching (finalists will be required to demonstrate competence in a teaching module). 
• Ability and willingness to adapt courses to current technology. 
• Ability to communicate clearly with students, staff, and colleagues – manually, orally and in writing. 
• An eagerness to engage with faculty, staff, administrators, and constituents or advisory boards to develop ways to improve the educational experience of students interested in pursuing careers related to American Sign Language. 
• Expertise in course, curriculum, and program development preferred. 

POSITION DETAILS, COMPENSATION & BENEFITS: Full-time (9-month) tenure-track faculty position. Faculty service begins August 2021, with pay & benefits starting July 1, 2021. Annual salary of $54,000+, with additional compensation available for overload teaching. Excellent benefits package included – see under “Benefits Summary” for more details. 

ELECTRONIC APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Application review begins March 5, 2021; position open until filled. Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references (including email addresses), transcripts, and a Student Success Statement (1-2 pages about their teaching or other experience, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population). Please upload all of the requested documents when you submit your application. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and certification of required degrees and upon successfully passing a background check. If, because of a disability, you need special services or facilities in order to apply for this opening, please call the Human Resources Office (435) 652-7520.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: Dixie State University is an open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic institution committed to exceptional student learning and success. DSU has adopted an instructional approach of “active learning. active life” and a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. We seek faculty and staff committed to providing students with an active, applied and career-oriented learning environment that is student-centered. Established in 1911 as a community college and in 2013 as a state university, DSU is located in picturesque southwestern Utah with its red rocks, desert climate, over 300 days of sunshine annually, and featuring easy access to world-class outdoor recreational opportunities. The nearest metropolitan area is Las Vegas, NV (120 miles) with amenities such as an international airport and professional sporting teams. Click here to learn more about the University.

Dixie State currently has approximately 12,000 students and has been a fast-growing Utah public institution of higher education over the last several years. We offer over 210 programs, including masters, bachelors, associates, certificates, endorsements, minors, and/or emphases. DSU seeks to recruit and retain diverse and ambitious faculty and staff who bring new ideas, possess values and career aspirations aligned with the mission and vision, and are inspired to build a premier open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic university. DSU is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer; the President and employees of DSU are fully committed to Affirmative Action and within its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Dixie State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state or local law. 

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or DSU’s non-discrimination policies: 
• Director of Equity Compliance / Title IX Coordinator: Hazel Sainsbury –, HCC 579, 435-652-7747. 
• Deputy Title IX Coordinator: Abby Del Giacco –, 435-652-7731. 

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit contact: 
• U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights,, 800-421-3481. 
• U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office,, 303-844-5695. 

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.