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. 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. Faculty members report to the ASL Program Liaison and Linguistics Department Head. Special consideration is given to Deaf applicants or individuals with disabilities and members of racial, or ethnic groups historically underrepresented in faculty positions in higher education. 

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. 


  • For appointment at the rank of Instructor in-Residence: An earned master’s degree in a related field from an accredited institution. For appointment to 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). 


  • 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. 


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. 


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. 


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online 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. 

      Positions will remain open unfilled. 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: 

      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. 

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      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.