University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Interpreting R0001402 Assistant Professor of Interpretation: ASL/English Interpreter Education Program

he Interpreter Education Program (IEP) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track faculty position as an Assistant Professor of Interpretation  (job #R0001402), beginning August 2021. UA Little Rock’s IEP directs one U.S. Dept. of Education grant from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for 2017-2021 in preservice interpreter preparation. The IEP offers a Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation: ASL/English with a Minor in Educational Interpreting, an Associate of Science in ASL Studies, a Sign Language Studies Minor for non-majors, and ASL satisfies the UA Little Rock second language requirement.   This position is governed by state and federal laws, and agency/institution policy.

The IEP has been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE) since 2010. The program draws students not only from in-state but also from surrounding states and across the nation. The program prepares students for community and virtual settings and uniquely offers courses in interpreting for persons who are Deaf-blind, Hard of Hearing, and for children.  Course include service learning, mentoring, and simulation in community settings as well as a capstone Internship experience. The program contains a fully equipped lab, a student Sign Language Club, and is near the Arkansas School for the Deaf.

The IEP is housed in the School of Counseling, Human Performance and Rehabilitation (CHPR) in the College of Business, Health and Human Services (CBHHS). Persons who are deaf, persons with disabilities, and persons who are BIPOC and/or from culturally diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Required Education and Experience

Earned doctorate in interpretation, linguistics, the deafness-related or appropriate field of study (ABD considered); National interpreter certification or other applicable professional certification; Strong language skills, both English and ASL; Experience teaching ASL and/or interpreter education; Intercultural communication skills for interaction with diverse populations.

Preferred Education and Experience:

Experience with curriculum development; Experience with program assessment; Evidence of scholarly productivity;

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret journal and technical procedures; Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from individuals, groups of students, and chairs/directors; Experience with delivery of distance education via online learning platforms; Strong organizational and management skills Ability to work in a team. 

Additional Opportunities:

You will have the opportunity to work in a team environment, conduct research, and be involved in developing interstate partnerships for delivery of the BA degree to underserved areas of the region. Little Rock provides residents with a vibrant Deaf and Deaf-Blind Community, the Arkansas School for the Deaf, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, and other programs and agencies serving persons who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing.

To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the following essential functions are necessary to perform the duties of ASL and interpretation instruction: visual acuity to read sign language at a normal distance in the classroom setting; mobility of upper body and arms and fine/gross motor movement to produce sign language accurately; able to travel independently; able to operate computers.

Application materials must be submitted through the online application system. Additional information about this position and application requirements are available under the Jobs link on the Human Resources’ website at  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Review of applications will begin March 31, 2021.  The position will remain open until filled.

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify the applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Under Arkansas law, all applications are subject to disclosure. Persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.