Rochester Institute of Technology
Instructional/Support Faculty American Sign Language (ASL)
Requisition Number: 2491BR
Position Title: Instructional/Support Faculty
College/Division: National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Organization: NTID ASL & Interpreting Education
Faculty Type (Tenure Status): Non-Tenure-Track Lecturer
Faculty Discipline: American Sign Language (ASL)
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Employment Category: Fulltime
Anticipated Start Date: 16-Jan-2017
Department/College Description
The Department of American Sign Language & Interpreting Education is a leader in the provision of American Sign Language and Interpreting education, preparing students to become professionals in working with the deaf and hard-of-hearing community for careers in sign language interpreting.
ASLIE’s Mission Statement: A strong commitment to American Sign Language and the culture of Deaf people guides the department. The American Sign Language and Interpreting Education (ASLIE) Department at NTID provides a rigorous program of study to a diverse group of learners. The goal of ASLIE faculty is to provide excellence in the areas of instruction of American Sign Language as well as in the discipline of English/American Sign Language interpretation. The faculty is committed to maintaining and cultivating innovative and high standards of student-centered instruction through scholarship and experiential learning.
NTID, one of the nine colleges of RIT, is the world’s largest technological college serving deaf and hard of hearing students. Created by Congress and funded by the U.S. Department of Education, it represents the world’s first effort to educate large numbers of deaf students within a college campus planned primarily for hearing students. Together with 15,000 full and part-time students, over 1,300 college-age deaf students from all 50 states and abroad study and reside on the campus of the Rochester Institute of Technology.
NTID is committed to creating a climate that fosters the success of every student and employee by appreciating the unique contributions that each person makes to the educational process based on their ethnic, cultural, linguistic and gender-related knowledge and experiences. For more information about NTID at RIT visit
RIT is a national leader in professional and career-oriented education. Talented, ambitious, and creative students of all cultures and backgrounds from all 50 states and more than 100 countries have chosen to attend RIT. Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning. With approximately 15,000 undergraduates and 2,900 graduate students, RIT is one of the largest private universities in the nation. RIT offers a rich array of degree programs in engineering, science, business, and the arts, and is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. RIT has been honored by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” for four years. RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site. RIT is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples by our membership in the Upstate NY HERC.
Rochester, situated between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes region, is the 51st largest metro area in the United States and the third largest city New York State. The Greater Rochester region, which is home to nearly 1.1 million people, is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity, with a population comprised of approximately 18% African and Latin Americans and another 3% of international origin. It is also home to one of the largest deaf communities per capita in the U.S. Rochester ranks 4th for “Most Affordable City” by Forbes Magazine ,and MSN selected Rochester as the “#1 Most Livable Bargain Market” (for real-estate). Kiplinger named Rochester one of the top five “Best City for Families.”
Detailed Job Description
The new ASL lecturer(s) will:
•Teach American Sign Language to students mostly in ASL classes through the College of Liberal Arts
•Mentor and advise students who are taking ASL classes
•Develop and revise ongoing curriculum to maintain department standards
•Attend professional development activities
•Participate in communication development activities
•Serve the department, institute and the community as needed
We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.
Required Minimum Qualifications
•MA/MS in an appropriate discipline related to the field of ASL instruction or a relevant field (for example, Sign Language Teaching, ASL Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Cross-Culture Communication, Communication, Curriculum and Instruction, Language Instruction, Adult Education or Deaf Education)
•Demonstrate native-like proficiency in American Sign Language
•Legally eligible to work in the United States at time of hire
Required Minimum Education Level MS, MA
Required Application Documents Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Cover Letter
Letters of Recommendation
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Please submit: your curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and upload the following attachment:
-Three letters of recommendation
If you do not submit the three letters of recommendation with your application documents, or if your references wish to send their letters of recommendation directly to the search committee, they can be emailed as attachment(s) to Leisa Boling at and Sandra Bradley
You can contact the search committee with questions on the position at:
Leisa Boling
Sandra Bradley
Review of applications will begin in September and continue until an acceptable candidate is found.
Additional Details
The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to