Job ID: 184575

American Sign Language Education, Clinical Assistant Professor

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

  • Apr. 26, 2022
  • American Sign Language Education, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Knoxville, TN
  • open until filled
  • Aug. 1, 2022
  • Assistant Professor
    Prof of Practice/Clinical Prof
  • Education - General

The Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education (TPTE) resides within the highly ranked College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee. TPTE faculty members are characterized by high research productivity, teaching excellence, and a strong commitment to the department's mission of “advancing equity through excellence in education.”


TPTE is seeking a full-time, non-tenure-track faculty member to teach in the areas of American Sign Language (ASL) and ASL Education, and to supervise students in their field placements. This position is affiliated with the Deaf Studies team within the TPTE department consisting of ASL, ASL Education, Deaf Education, and Educational Interpreting programs.



TPTE is seeking applications to fill a non-tenure track position as a Clinical Assistant Professor in ASL Education. The position begins August 1, 2022


Required Qualifications

Required qualifications include: (1) an earned doctorate in ASL, Linguistics, Interpreting, Education, Language and Culture, Second Language Learning, or a highly related field; (2) at least 3 years teaching experience in Pre K-12; (3) fluency in ASL as demonstrated with a minimum Advanced or higher on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview(SLPI) or 4.0 on the ASL Proficiency Interview (ASLPI); (3) knowledge of the ACTFL and ASLTA Standards (4) active participation with professional organizations at the state and/or national level; (5) experience in regard to cultural, linguistic, gender, and ethnic diversity; and (6) evidence of potential to teach and supervise undergraduate and graduate students in Pre K-12 ASL field placements.

Desired Qualifications

Desired qualifications include: (1) at least 3 years ASL teaching experience in Pre K-12; (2) history of successfully teaching and supervising undergraduate and/or graduate students in education; (3) fluency in ASL as demonstrated with Advanced to Superior Plus on the SLPI or 4.0+ to 5 on the ASLPI; (4) certification in ASL teaching by ASLTA; and (5) experience in the use of Canvas or other learning management systems, and application of technologies such as video editing skills and web development.


Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities include: (1) teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in ASL and ASL Education; (2) supervising students in ASL Pre K-12 teaching placements and conducting informal/formal evaluations; and (3) advising students.



This 9-month non-tenure track appointment is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. There is a possibility of promotion in rank after five successful years at starting rank.


Application Process

Address applications to the search committee chairs and submit electronically to Include a letter expressing your interest and describing your qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on April 25, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. If you have questions please contact the co-chairs directly ( and Please do not submit applications through INDEED or other job search entities.


Dr. David Smith and Dr. Kimberly Wolbers

Co-Chairs of Search Committee

A214 Jane and David Bailey Education Complex

1122 Volunteer Boulevard

Knoxville, TN 37996-3442

  • All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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Contact Information

  • Gina Guinn
    Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    1122 Volunteer Blvd.
    238 Bailey Education Complex
    Knoxville, TN 37996
  • 8659742321

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