American Sign Language Education, Clinical Assistant Professor or Lecturer 

Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education

College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences

The University of Tennessee

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The Deaf Studies faculty members work collaboratively with other teacher education colleagues in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education (TPTE) within the highly-ranked College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee. TPTE faculty members are characterized by high productivity, a strong commitment to educational excellence and equity, and commitment to the College’s goal of “enhancing quality of life through research, outreach, and practice.” 


TPTE is seeking applications to fill a non-tenure track position as a Clinical Assistant Professor or Lecturer in ASL Education (ASL ED). The position begins August 1, 2021.

Required Qualifications

Required qualifications include: (1) an earned Master’s degree in a related field; (2) fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) as demonstrated with a minimum Advanced or higher on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview(SLPI) or 4.0 on the ASL Proficiency Interview (ASLPI ); (3) knowledge of the ACTFL and ASLTA Standards (4) active participation with professional organizations at the state and/or national level; (5) experience in regard to cultural, linguistic, gender, and ethnic diversity; and (6) evidence of potential to teach and supervise undergraduate and graduate students in ASL ED.

Desired Qualifications

Desired qualifications include: (1) at least 3 years teaching experience in Pre K-12; (2) history of successfully teaching and supervising undergraduate and/or graduate students; (3) fluency in ASL as demonstrated with Advanced to Superior Plus on the SLPI or 4.0+ to 5 on the ASLPI; (4) an earned doctorate in ASL, Linguistics, Interpreting, Education, Language and Culture, Second Language Learning, or a highly related field; (5) certification in ASL teaching by ASLTA; and (6) experience in the use of Canvas or other learning management systems, and application of technologies such as video editing skills and web development

Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities include: (1) teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in ASL and ASL ED; (2) supervising students in teaching placements and conducting informal/formal evaluations; and (3) advising students. 


This 9-month non-tenure track appointment is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. There is possibility of promotion in rank after five successful years at starting rank. 

Application Process 
Initial review of candidates will begin March 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Send an electronic letter of application, curriculum vita, and letters from three academic references to the search chairs at Please include ASL Search in the subject line of the email. 

Dr. Kimberly Wolbers and Dr. David Smith 

Co-Chairs of Search Committee

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