Employment

Instructor/Assistant in Residence

The American Sign Language (ASL) Program within the Department of Linguistics at the University of Connecticut (UConn) invites applications for a non-tenure-track Instructor in Residence/Assistant Professor In-Residence position in ASL/Deaf Culture beginning fall 2020. Successful candidates will use a learner-centered approach to teaching that incorporates active learning strategies and technology to enhance student learning. Primary duties include teaching 8 ASL language, ASL linguistics, or Deaf culture-related courses per academic year beginning Fall 2022. Courses will be taught in person unless the University makes the decision to transition to remote instruction as a result of the pandemic. Additional duties may include supervising independent study projects with students, participating in collaborative efforts to develop new curricula, advising students, and participating in academic or program opportunities that further promote a positive learning experience for students.

The ASL Studies major was introduced in the Fall of 2020, the first and only in Connecticut; it includes two concentrations: Deaf Studies and Interpreting ASL and English. The program consists of six levels of ASL, Deaf Studies, linguistics, and interpreting-related courses. The program also offers two minors, Deaf Studies and Interpreting between ASL and English. As a testament to the University’s commitment to equity and inclusion, the University of Connecticut Interpreting Services (UCIS) provides staff interpreters to ensure access and accessibility for all campus-wide events, activities, academic and programming needs for UConn staff, students, and visitors to campus. 

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 

  • For appointment at the rank of Instructor in-Residence: An earned master’s degree in a related field from an accredited institution. For appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor: a terminal degree (Ph.D.). 
  • High level of proficiency in ASL. 
  • A minimum of one year (two semesters) experience teaching ASL at the college/university level. 
  • Documentation of excellence in teaching and commitment to engagement with diverse populations (e.g., from course evaluations or other evidence). 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Documentation of either of the following: 
    • ASLTA Certification 
    • 4.0 or higher on the ASL Proficiency Interview (ASLPI). ASLPI Certification is preferred. Renewal after the first year will be pending the successful completion of either evaluation. 
  • Six academic semesters of teaching ASL at the college/university level. 
  • Experience teaching ASL linguistics or Deaf culture-related courses. 
  • Experience successfully using instructional technology, particularly Blackboard. 
  • Demonstrated experience with the development of ASL Deaf culture-related curriculum. 
  • Experience advising students. 

APPOINTMENT TERMS 

This is a full-time, 9 months, non-tenure track, benefits-eligible position as an ASL Instructor In-Residence or Assistant Professor In-Residence, for a one-year term, renewable annually, based on performance and funding, starting August 23, 2022. Responsibilities will include teaching 8 courses per academic year. 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT 

Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved.  

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

TO APPLY 

Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/21270 and submit the following application materials: 

  • A cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae, 
  • A video summary in ASL of your teaching statement (YouTube link embedded in your cover letter is preferred); 
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.); 
  • Most recent teaching evaluations, 
  • Sample Syllabi, 
  • Three letters of reference.

    Evaluation of applicants will begin on April 1st and continue until the position is filled. It is anticipated that finalists will be invited for two remote interviews which will include a teaching demonstration. 

    For more information about the ASL Studies program, please visit UConn ASL. If you have questions or need additional information you may contact Dr. Linda Pelletier at: Linda.Pelletier@uconn.edu. 

    At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community. 

    This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval. 

    All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.  

    The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural, and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.