Assistant or Associate Professor in Interpreter Education and American Sign Language - FALL 2024


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Job Status
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University of Tennessee
Application Acceptance Time Period
or until filled.
Job Start Date
Until Filled

Job Description

The Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education (TPTE) is seeking a full-time, tenure-track faculty member to teach and conduct research in the areas of Interpreter Education and American Sign Language. Applicants may also show expertise in Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, or a closely related field. This position will be affiliated with the Deaf Studies team consisting of American Sign Language Education, Deaf Education, and Educational Interpreting.

 TPTE resides within the highly ranked College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. All TPTE faculty members are characterized by teaching excellence and a strong commitment to the department's mission of “advancing equity through excellence in education.”. Additionally, TPTE faculty members on the tenure track are characterized by high research productivity.  See

 The Deaf Studies team within the TPTE department consists of programs that offer bachelor’s degrees in Educational Interpreting, ASL Education, and Deaf Education, and a minor in ASL. Master’s degree programs are offered in ASL Education and Deaf Education. Doctoral programs are available in Educational Interpreting and Deaf Education. We also offer more than 50 ASL courses to approximately 1,000 students annually. All faculty are ASL fluent and there are several Deaf faculty on the team,

 Position Description

 The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at The University of Tennessee is seeking applications to fill a tenure-track position as an Assistant or Associate Professor in Interpreter Education and American Sign Language. The position begins August 1, 2024, or when the position is filled. 

 Duties and Responsibilities

 Responsibilities include: (1) conducting and publishing scholarly research; (2) pursuing external funding to support an active research agenda; (3) teaching and supervision of undergraduate and graduate courses in Interpreter Education, ASL, and potentially other program areas such as ASL Education and Deaf Education; (4) actively engaging in service and community outreach; (5) advising students; and (6) serving on graduate student and departmental committees. This is a campus-based position.


 This 9-month tenure track appointment is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Required Qualifications

Required qualifications include: (1) an earned doctoral degree in a related field by the start date of August 1, 2024; (2) an emerging record of published research and scholarship; (3) demonstrated fluency in American Sign Language (ASL); (4) an interest in the pursuit of external funding; (5) one or more of the following: National Interpreter Certification (NIC), Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI), a passing score on the Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI)-Knowledge Exam, or various previous Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) certifications; (6) active participation with professional organizations at the state and/or national level; (7) experience in regard to cultural, linguistic, gender, dis/ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ethnic diversity; and (8) evidence of potential to teach undergraduate and graduate students in Interpreter Education and ASL.

Candidates for Associate Professor should have an exemplary record of scholarship in terms of peer reviewed publications and presentations and a record of applying for and obtaining external funding plus a record of excellent teaching and mentoring.  Additionally, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville is seeking candidates who can contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

Desired Qualifications

Desired qualifications include: (1) demonstrated record of published research and scholarship; (2) a history of successfully teaching and supervising undergraduate and/or graduate students in Interpreter Education and/or ASL; (3) intentional incorporation of social justice into one’s teaching and scholarship; (4) a record of pursuing external funding; (8) knowledge of educational interpreting practices, the process for the Educational Interpreting Performance Assessment (EIPA) and certification by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID); (9) knowledge of ASL/English bilingual/multilingual education approaches and/or Deaf Education; and (10) experience in the use of Canvas or other learning management systems, and application of technologies such as video editing skills and web development 

Application Process
Address applications to the search committee chairs and submit electronically to  a letter expressing your interest and describing your qualifications, a curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and reprints of relevant publications (or works in progress). Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. If you have questions, please contact the chair directly ( 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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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David Smith
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Knoxville, Tennessee

Updated: January 17, 2024