University of Connecticut, Linguistics

Position ID:UConn-Linguistics-495099 [#18284, 495099]
Position Title: Lecturer in American Sign Language
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Appl Deadline: finished (2021/03/10, finished 2021/10/07)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***


The American Sign Language (ASL) Program within the Department of Linguistics at the University of Connecticut (UConn) invites applicants for a position as an ASL Lecturer. The successful candidate will use a learner-centered approach to teaching that incorporates active learning strategies and technology to enhance student learning. Primary duties include teaching 8 ASL courses per academic year, with the possibility of remote instruction for Fall 2021. Additional duties include supervising independent studies, participating in collaborative efforts to develop new curricula, and participating in academic or program opportunities that further promote a positive learning experience for students. Faculty members report to the ASL Program Liaison and Linguistics Department Head. Deaf applicants are encouraged to apply.

Founded in 1881, the UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


  • An earned Master's degree in a related field from an accredited institution
  • High level of proficiency in ASL
  • A minimum of one year experience teaching ASL at the college/university level
  • Documentation of excellence in teaching (e.g., from course evaluations or other evidence).


  • Documentation of one or more of the following:
    • ASLTA Certification
    • 4.0 or higher on the ASL Proficiency Interview (ASLPI), ASLPI Certification is preferred; renewal after the first year will be pending successful completion of one of the above evaluations
  • Six academic semesters of teaching ASL at the college/university level
  • Experience successfully using instructions technology, particularly Blackboard
  • Demonstrated experience with the development of ASL curriculum
  • Teaching experience that includes non-traditional, first-generation, and/or historically underrepresented student populations


This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position as an ASL Lecturer, for a one-year renewable term with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2021. Responsibilities will include teaching 8 ASL courses per academic year, with the possibility of remote instruction for Fall 2021.


Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved. 

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Teaching statement - A video summary of your teaching statement (YouTube link preferred)
  • Most recent teaching evaluations,
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.);
  • Names and contact information for 3 letters of reference.

Evaluation of applicants will begin on April 23, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. It is anticipated that finalists will be invited for remote interviews, including a teaching demonstration. For more information regarding the Department of Linguistics, ASL Program  please visit the department website at

For more information regarding the ASL and Deaf studies program, please visit UConnASL. If you have questions or need further information you may contact Linda Pelletier at:

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This job will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
UConn Department of Linguistics
Oak Hall, Room 368
365 Fairfield Way, Unit 1145
Storrs, CT 06269-1145

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