Job: University of Northern Colorado – Asst Prof of ASL

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Position Title: Assistant Professor of American Sign Language

Position Number: F99353

The Department of American Sign Language & Interpreting Studies at the University of Northern Colorado is actively searching to fill a tenure-track assistant professor & program coordinator position.  We are located in the beautiful state of Colorado in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.  Colorado ranks high in the nation in regards to outdoor pursuits, innovation, “future livability” and has the second highest the percentage of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree.  The ASLIS Department is a state-funded university department that has a long history of established online education (formerly known as the DO IT Center). Programming includes master’s degrees in Teaching ASL and Teaching ASL with World Language Licensure K-12, a bachelor’s degree in ASL English Interpreting that is accredited by CCIE, an ASL minor, and Liberal Arts Core coursework in ASL. The BA and ASL Minor is offered online and on the main campus in Greeley, with a residential summer session for all, and the Teaching ASL MA degree is offered online with a summer residential session on the main campus in Greeley. This is a vibrant, well-established and growing department. UNC is an R2 institution with a commitment to balancing scholarship and teaching.  The University provides an outstanding benefit package to employees.  We are looking for someone to join our exciting nation-wide program here in Colorado.  We welcome applications from individuals who may not have yet been published but are willing to conduct and publish research, which is a requirement to earn tenure.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

Coordinates the online Teaching ASL MA program; coordinates the on campus and online ASL/ASL Minor; recruits/supervises teaching staff; oversees/contributes to the development/delivery of courses/programs; advises students; supervises field placements; evaluates student outcomes (knowledge and skills); assists with program evaluations; works with community stakeholders (Deaf community, interpreters, state and professional agencies); conducts research; participates in national, state, College, and University-wide professional activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

This full-time position requires an earned doctorate (MA with doctorate-level coursework will be considered) in linguistics, Deaf Studies, education, foreign language instruction, or an appropriately related field. A minimum of three years of relevant teaching experience is required. Preference will be given to applicants who have (a) certification by the American Sign Language Teachers Association; (b) experience teaching college level American Sign Language (ASL) courses via face-to-face and distance methodologies; (c) experience working with students from diverse cultures; and (d) evidence of scholarship, national and state leadership, and/or grant activity.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior program administration experience is desired. Excellent writing, verbal and presentation communication (e.g., ASL and English) and strong interpersonal skills are critical for this position as collaboration across the University, local communities and the nation is a vital component of the work. Experience or willingness to become proficient in grant writing and administration is helpful. Finally, a sophisticated knowledge of technology application in educational programs will be necessary.

Position Description:

The successful candidate will join the Department of American Sign Language & Interpreting Studies (ASLIS) which provides an array of educational offerings related to the field of ASL and ASL-English Interpretation. Housed within the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, collaborative opportunities exist with other schools and their respective faculty. Program information is available at:

This is a full-time tenure-track position. Summer employment will be a requirement of the position. Primary responsibilities includes: coordinating the Teaching American Sign Language (TASL) MA program; coordinating the ASL 1-4 undergraduate liberal arts coursework; consulting on the ASL-English Interpretation program; teaching undergraduate and graduate ASL, ASL Minor, and TASL courses; assisting with the development/delivery of curriculum; evaluating student skills/knowledge; advising students; supervising field placements; assisting with program assessment; and working with community stakeholders (Deaf community, interpreters, state and professional agencies); conducting research; and, participating in national, state, College, and University-wide professional activities.

Closing Date: Until filled

Requested Start Date: Aug. 13, 2018

Application Materials, Contact, and Application Deadline

Applicants must complete the online application form at the link below and attach a cover letter highlighting suitability (e.g., qualifications, experiences) for the position, a curriculum vitae, and transcripts of all graduate work (unofficial are accepted). Please include a list of three references with the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers. Screening of applicants will begin immediately until position is filled. For more information or to apply to this position go to the Posting Link:

Additional Requirements

Satisfactory completion of a background check, educational check, and authorization to work in the United States are required after a conditional offer of employment has been made. If a degree is required, original transcripts must be submitted within one (1) month of hire.

Contact for Questions

Ms. Sherry Schriver
Department of ASLIS
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639
(970) 351-1060
VP: Please email for an appointment

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits may include health, life, and dental insurances, as well as a selection of several defined contribution retirement programs. Other benefits may be available based on position.

Tuition Grants for Dependents:

Dependents and spouses of UNC Employees who are employed as .5 FTE or above are entitled to and eligible for Dependent Tuition Grants. Dependent Tuition Grants will cover in-state tuition charges and undergraduate students must register for the College Opportunity Fund to receive the grant. Further requirements may exist.

Location and Environment:

The University of Northern Colorado is a research-intensive institution enrolling 13,000+ graduate and undergraduate students. The university, founded in 1889, is located in Greeley, Colorado, which has a growing population of 80,000 and is situated an hour north of Denver and 55 miles east of the Rocky Mountains. Further information about UNC and the City of Greeley is available at

Additional Information:

This position is contingent on funding from the Colorado State Legislature, approval by the Board of Trustees, and subject to the policies and regulations of the University of Northern Colorado. Federal regulations require that the University retain all documents submitted by applicants for a period of one year after candidate selection has occurred. Materials submitted with the original application package will not be returned or copied for applicants.

The University of Northern Colorado is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual preference or veteran status. For more information or issues of equity or fairness or claims of discrimination contact the UNC AA/EEO/Title IX Officer at UNC Human Resource Services, Campus Box 54, Carter Hall 2002, Greeley, CO 80639, or call 970-351-2718.