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Job Title: Professor, Sign Language Interpreting

Requisition ID: req785

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Regular or Temporary: Regular

Number of Months: 10.5

Salary Range: Commensurate with education and experience

Location: Tyler, TX


Professors provide classroom instruction and college service and are responsible to department chairs and instructional dean. Duties may include day, evening, online and summer course assignments. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to, promoting and facilitating community awareness of the program, maintaining appropriate records and office hours, and completing required professional development. This position will also have the opportunity to advance to department chair. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the attached.


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/Competencies




Other Expectations

·         Perform other duties as assigned

·         Will 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

·         Exhibits adherence to the Code of Professional Conduct in dress, demeanor, and the 7 tenets

·         Demonstrate the ability to make ethical decisions as outlined in the CPC and Dean and Pollard’s “Demand Control Schema”

·         Strong professionalism and work ethic, including integrity, time management and organizational skills.

·         Strong respectful communication skills with members of the Deaf and hearing Cultures including people of other minority groups.

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

·         Strong managerial/administrative skills, conflict resolution, collaboration, supervision; a visionary yet detailed oriented.

·         Creativity and flexibility a plus.



Required Education/Experience

·         Bachelor’s degree in the discipline or associate’s degree and demonstrated competencies in the teaching discipline to teach workforce courses. Master’s degree with at least 18 hours in ASL is required to teach academic (SGNL) courses.

·         Native or near native fluency in American Sign Language, Deaf Culture; fluent in written English. Fluent in transliterating and interpreting a wide variety of settings and registers.

·         Extensive knowledge of the profession, CCIE accreditation, BEI and RID certification and related organizations. Evidence of participation in any of these and/or other related organizations.

Preferred Education/Experience

·         Court and Medical certification

·         Knowledge/expertise in ASL Linguistics is appreciated

Required Credentials: Certifications/Licensures

·         Minimum equivalent of Advanced Certified Interpreter (BEI or NIC) in good standing with evidence of personal professional development with a minimum of recent 4 years certified interpreting experience