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Job Title: Professor, Sign Language

Position Available: 6/3/2019

Regular or Temporary: Regular

Salary Range:  Commensurate with established schedule

Job Description: The Sign Language Interpreter Training program provides full time instruction in ASL (ASL I-V), Deaf Culture, Fingerspelling, Visual Gestural Communication and other related courses. Faculty uses a "total immersion" teaching approach based on Vista College’s Signing Naturally curriculum. The duties for the position are as follows:

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS and DUTIES

General Expectations of all TJC Faculty

Exhibit a commitment to excellence in teaching and learning

  • Maintain current and comprehensive knowledge and experience in the teaching field and assigned teaching discipline
  • Create a classroom environment reflecting professionalism, equity, respect and trust

Adhere to college policies

  • Abide by Employee Standards of Conduct - DH (Exhibit)
  • Perform job duties as assigned by department chair and dean (unless request is in violation of TJC policy or local/state/federal laws)
  • Stay current with and follow departmental and college policies
  • Complete required compliance trainings and stay current on professional development hours

Responsibilities to the Student

Exhibit a commitment to student success

  • Design classroom instructional activities appropriate to the expected rigor of the course and consistent with program expectations and course objectives
  • Embed interactive learning activities in the instructional setting that engage student learning and encourage student development of active learning skillsets
  • Facilitate student learning and successful completion of course by preparing and using appropriate instructional materials compatible with the expected rigor of the course and consistent with program expectations and course objectives
  • Align learning opportunities and employ suitable assessments of course learning outcomes and program learning outcomes, with the student core competencies
  • Sequence learning opportunities and assessments through the courses and program to build student learning and understanding
  • Integrate workplace professional skillsets into the classroom environment (i.e., prompt and regular attendance, initiative to seek clarification, timely submission of work, use of technology in work completion, etc.)
  • Motivate students to perform at their highest level by maintaining an atmosphere of dignity and cordiality conducive to learning in both the classroom and office

Adhere to college policies

·         Meet all classes as scheduled and maximize use of available class time

·         Maintain scheduled office hours as required

·         Follow attendance and office hour requirements for online and hybrid classes as specified in the distance education course standards (see employee handbook)

Responsibilities to the Department

         Follow prescribed course syllabi and adopted textbooks [including appropriate assigned readings]

         Inform students of student learning outcomes, class procedures and grading policies at the beginning of each semester

·         Demonstrate initiative and/or cooperative support of leadership, faculty and staff to implement strategic improvements and achieve goals

·         Attend and participate in required department and school meetings, and perform other duties as assigned by the department chair or instructional dean

Responsibilities to the College

  • Maintain accurate records and submit required student attendance and grade reports by published deadlines
  • Model professional conduct and enforce student conduct policies as prescribed
  • Participate in all required convocation activities and graduation events
  • Maintain required memberships/licensures/certifications per department and accrediting body standards
  • Assume duties, including committee assignments, over and above assigned classes and office hours as requested by department chair or instructional dean
  • Demonstrate commitment to the college through actively participating in TJC sponsored events and activities beyond assigned classes and office hours as appropriate

Responsibilities to the Community

  • Network with community members and others to promote the TJC program and its students
  • Exhibit conduct that reflects the mission, vision and values of the institution and the community

Discipline- or Position-Specific Responsibilities

·         Willingness and flexibility to teach day, evening, summer and possibly weekend sections as needed.

·         Assist in developing curriculum and ensuring it is up to date with current practices of the profession.

·         Support the department chair in developing and maintaining links to high schools, colleges/universities, and all external learning sites. 

·         Represent the department to community and prospective students.

·         Assist department chair in recruiting students as well as advising new and current students as needed.

·         Meeting all applicable deadlines, including completing training requirements and professional development.

·         Complete and maintain all institution required documentation as relating to program reviews and accreditation.

·         Sponsor the current ASL Honor Society for TJC’s ITP Students. (Requires ASLTA membership)

·         Performing other duties as assigned by department chair or appropriate dean.

COMPETENCIES

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge

·         Knowledge/expertise in ASL Linguistics appreciated.

Skills

·         Native or near native fluency in American Sign Language and Deaf Culture; fluent in written English.

·         Proficient in the use of various technology and computers

Ability  

·         Ability to integrate technology into course delivery, including the college’s various software programs; and adapt to SANS, Inc. ASL Lab software, GoReact and others.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required Education

Master’s degree in Sign Language or a related field               

Preferred Experience

Teaching experience—Minimum 3 years preferred

Credentials: Certifications/Licensures

·         Member of the ASL Teachers Association, required

·         Interpreter certification – CDI (State or National) preferred

Other Expectations

·         May have contact – in person, by email, or by phone – with staff, students, and the general public.

·         Must exhibit a sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of staff and students and to staff and students with disabilities.

·         Perform other duties as assigned.