Assistant Professor in Deaf Studies, Fall 2022

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

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Assistant Professor in Deaf Studies, Fall 2022

Knoxville, TN
Open Date:
Jul 8, 2021

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) is seeking an Assistant Professor for a tenure-track position in Deaf Studies in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education (TPTE).

The Deaf Studies unit in TPTE comprises three main disciplines--American Sign Language (ASL) Education, Deaf Education, and Educational Interpreting--plus an ASL Minor. Persons with expertise in one or more of these disciplines, or Deaf Studies more broadly, are encouraged to apply. Those with expertise in other closely related fields such as World Language Education, Linguistics, or Special Education, along with ASL- or Deaf-specific experience, are also welcome to apply.  

TPTE, the College’s largest department, offers programs that lead to initial teacher licensure in many areas (including ASL Education PreK-12 and Deaf Education PreK-12), as well as undergraduate programs in educational interpreting and audiology/speech pathology. Several advanced programs within TPTE lead to additional teaching endorsements. Beyond the licensure programs, graduate education programs prepare master’s students, educational specialists, and doctoral students for careers in research, teaching, and leadership in research universities, teaching colleges, and school districts.

We seek a faculty member with a strong commitment to the department's mission of:

  1. Conducting educational research designed to improve opportunities for educational equity and excellence for all;
  2. Preparing expert, culturally competent teachers, interpreters, researchers, and educational leaders who can meet the needs of all learners; and,
  3. Engaging in outreach and service designed to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all learners, especially underserved populations.

This is a 9-month academic year position with the possibility of summer teaching or research opportunities.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Position begins August 1, 2022.


Responsibilities include: (1) conducting and publishing scholarly research; (2) pursuing external funding to support an active research agenda; (3) teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Deaf Studies, ASL, ASL Education, Educational Interpreting, and/or Deaf Education; (4) supervising practicum students, licensure-seeking students in PreK-12 classrooms, and/or graduate student research; (5) collaborating with the Deaf Studies team in development, delivery, and ongoing program evaluation; (6) developing collaborative relationships with local schools and community organizations; (7) providing service and leadership to local/state and national/international professional organizations; and, (8) fulfilling advising and administrative duties as required by the department and the university.


Required Qualifications

Applicants for the position must demonstrate: (1) an earned doctoral degree (by the start date) in Deaf Studies, ASL, ASL Education, Deaf Education, Interpreting, or a closely related field (2) evidence of scholarly potential and potential for external funding; (3) native or near-native ASL fluency; (4) evidence of potential to teach undergraduate and graduate students; (5) active participation with professional organizations at the local/state or national/international level; (6) a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Desired Qualifications

Applicants who demonstrate expertise in more than one area and are able to make contributions to multiple Deaf Studies disciplines (ASL, ASL Education, Deaf Education, Interpreter Education) will be given strong consideration. Additional desired qualifications include an established record of scholarship, expertise/experience in grant writing, PreK-12 teaching and potential to supervise teacher candidates, certification (e.g., ASLTA, RID), experience/expertise in related fields such as general Special Education, intentional incorporation of social justice into one’s teaching and scholarship, and distance education and instructional technology skills.

Application Instructions:

Address applications to the search committee chairs and submit electronically via Interfolio 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 September 20, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. If you have questions please contact the co-chairs directly ([email protected] and [email protected]).


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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