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Job: University of New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire at Manchester

Assistant Professor and Director

American Sign Language/English Interpreting Program

The American Sign Language/English Interpreting Program of the University of New Hampshire at Manchester seeks applicants for a full-time, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position to offer instruction as well as to serve as the ASL/English Interpreting program director. The position will begin August, 2021.

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status, genetic information, and political orientation. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

The mission of the ASL/English Interpreting program is to develop learners with the knowledge and skills to flourish in the academic environment and in the workforce. To this end, the position encompasses the need for excellence in instruction in skill-specific courses pertaining to interpreting as well as ethics and decision-making, linguistics, and other relevant topics in the discipline. It requires knowledge and experience in pedagogical, scholarly, and practical developments in the field, as well as with the past and current state of the Deaf community in the U.S.

The person in this position will coordinate all aspects of the ASL/English Interpreting program, including supervision of and collaboration with the Assistant Director and the pool of adjunct faculty. The Director will work with the Assistant Director to revise/update curriculum as needed, serve as advisor to students in the program, create and/or participate in recruitment efforts, coordinate program events, maintain and support connections with the Deaf community and with interpreting colleagues both locally and nationally, and engage in activities across the College and University in support of the overall institution. The person will also teach six courses in ASL/English translation or interpretation. The teaching load is 3 courses per semester and courses range from introductory to advanced courses in skill-development and relevant content areas.

The program has met the National Interpreter Education Standards since 1999, was the first interpreting program in the country to be accredited by the Collegiate Commission on Interpreter Education (CCIE) in 2007, and was the first program to be re-accredited in 2017. Opportunities exist to develop innovative approaches to teaching, engagement, and experiential learning in this nationally recognized program.

A doctoral degree in Interpretation, Linguistics, Cultural Studies, or a related field is required. Evidence of scholarship in the field and teaching excellence are required. Also, active national certification as granted by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf or National Association of the Deaf is required. Membership and participation in the Conference for Interpreter Trainers would also be beneficial. Comfort with Learning Management Systems such as Canvas or Blackboard and other technology-based teaching tools such as GoReact is also useful. Candidates who are multicultural, have native or near-native fluency in ASL, and are Deaf are especially encouraged to apply.

The University of New Hampshire at Manchester is a college of UNH, the state’s flagship public research institution, which offers undergraduate and graduate programs of distinction in the heart of New Hampshire’s largest city. Located in the state’s business and tech hub, the Manchester campus leverages its city location to promote real-world learning, providing research, internship and career opportunities to students and graduates. Teaching excellence is at the core of our mission. UNH Manchester faculty collaborate with students in research, service and creative expression to better prepare them for success in today’s high demand fields. Our campus is equipped with cutting-edge lab and learning spaces, and its central location attracts students from diverse life experiences and cultural backgrounds. For more information about UNH Manchester, visit manchester.unh.edu

To apply, please visit https://jobs.usnh.edu/postings/38504. Applicants should be prepared to upload the following documents when applying online:

  • Application letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A one-page explanation of teaching philosophy, which includes attention to diversity
  • A one page statement about scholarship
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Contact information for 3 references

Please contact Elizabeth Lathrop (Elizabeth.lathrop@unh.edu), Human Resources Specialist, with questions regarding this position.

Priority review date: February 15, 2021