Instructor (Term) of American Sign Language

The Department of Classical & Modern Languages’ American Sign Language Interpreting Studies
program at the University of Louisville invites applicants for a full-time Term Instructor position in
American Sign Language, to begin August 1, 2022. As part of the College of Arts and Sciences, the
Department offers a Bachelor of Science in American Sign Language Interpreting Studies. The ASL faculty
teach all levels of ASL to a diverse student body using an immersive approach. Full-time faculty are
expected to teach, assess, communicate effectively through ASL and written English, participate in
department, division, and college-wide committees, and engage in ongoing professional development,
including equity training. This is a one-year term position with the possibility of renewals and is subject
to final budgetary approval.

We seek applicants prepared to teach face-to-face undergraduate courses who are committed to
teaching excellence, program and curriculum development, leadership, and collaboration with faculty,
staff, and community partners. Active engagement with the Deaf community is expected.

The University of Louisville is a metropolitan research university with 22,000 students. Guided by its
Cardinal Principles (https://louisville.edu/about/cardinal-principles), the university strives to foster and
sustain an environment of inclusiveness that empowers us all to achieve our highest potential without
fear of prejudice or bias. It has been ranked #1 by the University of Southern California's Race and Equity
Center for serving African American students and #12 by the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan
Universities (CUMU) for commitment to community engagement. For the past six years it has been
listed among America’s “Best of the Best” LGBTQ-friendly universities by the Campus Pride Index. To
find out more about the University of Louisville's inclusion efforts, see: http://louisville.edu/diversity.
The greater Louisville area is a vibrant metropolitan community of approximately 1.3 million people with
great restaurants, outstanding parks, an engaging arts community, a lively nightlife, a moderate climate,
and a cost of living below the national average. Visit http://www.greaterlouisville.com for more
information.

Required
• MA or higher in ASL Education, ASL Linguistics, or other closely related field
• 2+ years of teaching ASL experience at the college level.
• Native or near-native proficiency in ASL
• Evidence of teaching excellence
• Understanding of best teaching practices and instructional pedagogy
• Commitment to fostering a diverse and equitable learning environment
• Proficiency teaching in multiple modalities- face to face, hybrid, and online (synchronous and
asynchronous)
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Ability to demonstrate ongoing reflective practice

Preferred
• ASLTA certification
• Proficiency with various instructional technologies, preferably Blackboard, Zoom, and GoReact
• Evidence of involvement in broader institutional activities (e.g., committees, work groups)
• Scholarly research and activities that expand the knowledge base of ASL education
• Involvement in local, state, and national organizations that promote best practices in ASL

Education
• Proficient at navigating cross-cultural communication in an academic setting
• Involvement in the Deaf community
• Ability to develop creative learning activities to meet the needs of diverse learners

How to Apply
Applicants must apply on-line at www.louisville.edu/jobs and attach one document containing:
1. A cover letter indicating interest and how the applicant meets the minimum qualifications of
the position
2. A curriculum vitae
In addition, applicants should submit the following to Sonja Smith, via email to applyCML@louisville.edu
with the subject “ASL Term Instructor.”
3. Letters of recommendation from three references (including two who can speak to the
applicant’s success as a teacher)
4. Statement of teaching philosophy
5. Sample syllabus for an ASLIS-related course (ASL focus)
6. Evidence of teaching excellence (e.g., student or workshop evaluations)
7. A scanned copy of the applicant’s graduate transcript
Questions may be addressed to Sonja Smith, chair of the search committee, Sonja.Smith@louisville.edu.
Review of applications will begin February 27, 2022.
If offered the position, the candidate will need to be able to provide an official graduate transcript prior
to hire.
Applicants must apply online https://www.higheredjobs.com/institution/details.cfm?JobCode=177677683&Title=Instructor%20%28Term%29%20of%20American%20Sign%20Language%20%28Job%20Id%3A%2042320%29&aID=7137
or at our website at www.louisville.edu/jobs. Select Current Openings
and Faculty/Administrator and search Instructor (Term) of American Sign Language (Job Id: 42320). You
will be asked to complete a self ID form and submit combined documents electronically.