Assistant Professor of American Sign Language

University of Chicago Humanities Collegiate Division


The Department of Linguistics and the Humanities Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago is accepting applications for the full-time, benefits-eligible position of Assistant Instructional Professor of American Sign Language, for a one-year renewable term starting on September 1, 2021. Responsibilities will include teaching 7 language courses per academic year,  and additional duties including: organizing community-based cultural activities to enhance the experience of students studying ASL and to help them learn about Deaf culture; conducting independent studies for students interested in advanced topics in ASL as directed; and participating in collaborative efforts to develop new curricula and courses beyond introductory language instruction (e.g. advanced language courses organized around topics like Deaf storytelling and literature, cultural studies, history, and diversity in American sign language traditions.)  The Assistant Instructional Professor of ASL will also have the opportunity to collaborate with the group of scholars working on sign languages in several departments at the university. 

Required qualifications:

  • Native or near-native proficiency in ASL (ASLPI proficiency level of 4 or better);
  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in Sign Language Teaching, Deaf Studies, Linguistics, or a closely related field;
  • A minimum of one year of teaching experience at the college or post-secondary level; ASLTA Certification preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience developing all aspects of a ASL curriculum;
  • Demonstrated experience with using instructional technology.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience working with students with diverse backgrounds and/or who have challenges to learning;
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and coordinators to develop expanded curriculum and offerings in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies;
  • Knowledge of research and best practices in Deaf Culture

To apply for this position candidates must submit their application through the University of Chicago’s Interfolio jobs board at

Applicants must upload a current curriculum vitae; a cover letter that addresses professional formation, teaching experience, and the candidate’s approach to ASL language pedagogy; and the names and contact information of three references whose recommendation letters may be solicited. Optionally, course evaluations (if available) may be uploaded. Applicants may be asked to provide a teaching video and examples of teaching materials.

Application deadline is March 25, 2021. Only completed applications will be considered. For further questions about this position, please contact Maja Sunleaf, Department of Linguistics,

This position is contingent upon budgetary approval.

The position will be part of the Service Employees International Union.

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