American Sign Language Assistant Professor


Posting Number: F00818


Location: Diablo Valley College


Salary: $59,112 – $99,876 per year


Description of Position:


Diablo Valley College inspires, educates, and empowers a diverse community of students to transform their lives and their communities. To help further this work, DVC seeks a tenure-track American Sign Language (ASL) instructor to start in August 2022. We are looking for a colleague who will demonstrate discipline expertise, and show sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic backgrounds and abilities of community college students. We are looking for instructors who share a strong commitment to social and racial justice and who use or are inspired to use anti-racist pedagogies that close equity gaps by recognizing, understanding, and respecting the perspectives of all students. We strongly encourage those with historically marginalized and/or underrepresented identities to apply, including people of color, non-binary and transgender individuals, women, and Indigenous people. The successful applicant will be well qualified to teach all levels of American Sign Language (ASL) courses at the community college level and develop and coordinate the ASL program within the World Languages and Cultures department.

The successful candidate will also demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic backgrounds, and abilities of community college students.




Please send email with your question to: sturnquist@dvc.edu


Position Status: Tenure- Track


EEO Job Category: Faculty & Other Instructional Staff


Employee Group: Full-Time Faculty


Department: D3015-Foreign Language


Duties and Responsibilities:


In addition to contractual duties, all full-time faculty are expected to participate actively in their disciplines, department activities, and the general intellectual life and governance of the college. Part of the teaching assignment may be in the evening and/or online. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

1. advancing equitable student learning through dedicated, exemplary instruction in accordance with established course outlines;

2. participating in the assessment of student learning outcomes for courses and programs; developing and implementing student learning outcomes assessment processes for courses and programs;

3. collaborating in the development and revision of curriculum and in program review;

4. engaging in department program improvement initiatives;

5. participating in department, division, and college committees;

6. participating in professional development activities, both departmental and college-wide;

7. maintaining current knowledge in the subject matter area and effective teaching/ learning strategies;

8. maintaining appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics;

9. informing students of course requirements, evaluation procedures and attendance requirements;

10. preparing and grading class assignments and examinations and informing students of their academic progress;

11. maintaining attendance, scholastic, and personnel records and submitting them according to published deadlines;

12. posting and holding sufficient and regular office hours in accordance with prevailing policy;

13. participating in College’s shared governance processes.


Minimum Qualification-Education/Experience:


Understanding of and sensitivity to the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, staff and faculty.


The applicant must possess one of the following qualifications (earned degrees must be from an accredited college/university): Any bachelor’s degree or higher and two years of professional experience or Any associate degree and six years of professional experience. Professional experience is required when the applicant possesses a master’s degree. The professional experience required must be directly related to teaching assignment.


Desirable Qualifications:


Highly qualified candidates will possess knowledge, skills, and experience that address the desirable qualifications below. Responses to the supplemental questions below allow the applicant to describe how they meet these qualifications.

• Demonstrated commitment to student learning and to the success of all students in the open-access learning environment of a community college.

• Demonstrated commitment to anti-racist pedagogy and to social justice practices.

• Demonstrated knowledge, understanding and engagement with Deaf culture and the Deaf community.

• Demonstrated ability or commitment to close equity gaps by effectively supporting and motivating students of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, sexual orientations, genders, cultures, and learning styles, as well as students with disabilities or varied levels of academic preparation.

• Fluency in American Sign Language and demonstrated knowledge and ability to teach all levels of American Sign Language at the community college level.

• Demonstrated commitment to professional growth and to the improvement of one’s own teaching to improve student learning and success.

• Strong interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic, and the ability to work in a collaborative and collegial manner with faculty and staff beyond the classroom in a shared governance environment.

• Strong interest and/or experience in working collaboratively across disciplines within the college, as well as in the greater community to develop and strengthen community ties in order to enhance students learning, engagement, and success.

• Demonstrated ability and/or commitment to developing and maintaining a strong ASL program, including developing certificates and/or degrees.

• Experience or familiarity with multiple teaching modalities, such as online, hybrid and in-person teaching.


Job Open Date: 12/06/2021


Job Close Date: 1/30/2022


Open Until Filled: No


Employment Begins: August, 2022


# of Months: 10


To apply, visit: https://apptrkr.com/2690971


The Contra Costa Community College District does not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, or sexual orientation. This prohibition against unlawful discrimination extends to any person who is perceived to have any of the above characteristics or who is associated with someone who has, or who is perceived to have, any of those characteristics.


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