Tenure-track American Sign Language Instructor

  • Clark College
  • Vancouver, WA, United States
Full Time OTHER Academia-Higher Ed Education

Job Description

Clark College is currently accepting applications for a tenure-track American Sign Language (ASL) Instructor. The successful candidate must be flexible and available to fulfill department needs such as teaching all levels of American Sign Language and Deaf Culture offerings. Department and college service work is expected with the position (as assigned by the Division or college) to support the institutional mission and goals, foremost being student success and retention. All faculty and staff hired at Clark College are encouraged to embrace, continually support and enhance diversity and equity on our campus and in our community. Start date is September 2017.
Clark College is an equal opportunity employer. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply. Clark College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, creed, disabled veteran status, marital status or Vietnam-era veteran status in its programs and activities. The college considers equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination to be fundamental to the mission, goals, and objectives of the college. Questions regarding the College’s Affirmative Action Policy may be directed to the Director of Human Resources, (360) 992-2105.
General Faculty Responsibilities
 Instruct all classes as an expert in the discipline using active learning approaches that both engage and facilitate student learning.
 Instruct all classes utilizing technology (e.g. learning management systems, web-based simulations or other) as part of their course design (web-enhanced, hybrid or online) to facilitate student learning and success.
 Work collaboratively with colleagues, local industry, advisory committees, and other educational partners to create unique and sustainable learning opportunities at Clark College.
 Advise and assist students in educational and career development to attain a two-year degree, certificate or transfer to a four-year college.
 Participate in decision-making processes by taking part in Department and College committees.
 Pursue professional development that strives to enhance teaching and learning in the department and College.
 Work to enhance and support all forms of diversity on a college campus.
Minimum Qualifications
 Minimum of (A) a Master's Degree in: ASL, ASL Instruction/Sign Language Education; Deaf Studies; Deaf Education (Bilingual-Bicultural Philosophy); Applied Linguistics with focus in ASL, (B) a Master's Degree in a related field combined with a BA/BS in ASL; BA/BS in Deaf Studies; or a graduate certificate in Deaf Studies; or (C) a Master's Degree in a related field combined with ASLTA certification.
 Native or near-native fluency in ASL.
 Evidence of teaching in the core of the American Sign Language discipline.
 Experience teaching at the community college level.
 Understanding of and commitment to the mission of community colleges and the kinds of faculty work expected at an open admissions college.
 Ability and willingness to work well with people of all ages from academically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.
 Ability and willingness to work cooperatively in a variety of department-level activities and willingness to contribute to college-wide projects.
Preferred Qualifications
 ASLTA certification; SLPI Superior-Superior + or ASLPI 4 or higher; certification of NAD V and/or RID (i.e. CDI-P, CI, CT, CI/CT or NIC).
 Familiarity with American Council Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) standards and various commercially available ASL teaching curricula
 Knowledge of language development in adult language learners.
 Experience with American Sign Language curriculum / course development.
 Experience using a variety of teaching and assessment techniques - including the use of technology - that enhance student success and/or assess course and program level outcomes.
 Familiarity with current research in the American Sign Language discipline.
 Willingness to take a leadership role in areas of educational and professional expertise.
 Interest and ability to implement community-based events and demonstrated enthusiasm toward improving general ASL workforce development in the region.
 Ability to work effectively and professionally with colleagues and members of the campus community.
 Demonstrated participation in academic, professional and civic activities.
 Excellent classroom teaching and communication skills.
 Ability to work well as a member of a team.
 Demonstrated commitment to student learning.
 Willingness to participate in a variety of departmental and campus activities.
 Ability and enthusiasm to use teaching methods that engage students and encourage them to be motivated self-learners.
Salary Statement
Starting salary is $50,000 (non-negotiable). Faculty may be eligible to advance every other year; current top step is $71,976. Salary is for a 173-day contract; additional compensation is available for summer and moonlight teaching, and doctoral and vocational stipends.
Required Online Application Materials:
 Clark College Online Application, including names of five references
 Letter of application describing background and experience related to qualifications and responsibilities of the position
 Current résumé
 Unofficial copy of all transcripts/certifications uploaded with online application or delivered to the Human Resources office.
 Responses to the following supplemental questions included in the online application
1. Describe your teaching philosophy.
2. Describe strategies you have used to ensure your teaching is effective and students are succeeding.
3. What have you done or would you like to do to increase educational outreach to ethnically and culturally diverse students?
4. Describe any special interest areas you have within your discipline. How do you keep current within your field of academic interest?
Please apply online at www.clark.edu/jobs
To contact Clark College Human Resources, please call (360) 992-2105
Application Deadline: Open until filled. Priority consideration will be given to applicants whose complete application has been submitted by February 15, 2017.
Condition of employment:
Finalist(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check as a condition of employment. Completion of academic degrees will also be verified through receipt of official transcripts.
Upon request, accommodations are available to persons with disabilities for the application process. Contact Human Resources at (360)992-2105 or by video phone at (360)991-0901.
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Clark College Human Resources
January 20, 2017