Instructor, ASL / ITP

Instructor, ASL / ITP

Requisition ID req751 Department English and World Languages Campus SY-Sylvania Campus Employment Type Faculty Best Consideration Date 1/18/2021 Position Summary

The Division of English and World Languages at the Portland Community College Sylvania Campus is looking for a full-time faculty position to teach in the American Sign Language and Sign Language Interpreting Programs scheduled to begin Fall 2021. The ASL/ITP faculty teach all levels of ASL to a diverse student body using an immersive approach. Full-time faculty are expected to teach, assess, and advise students; communicate effectively through ASL and written English ; support part-time faculty members; participate in department, division, and college-wide committees; and engage in ongoing professional development, including equity training.

It is anticipated that finalists will be invited for remote interviews, including a teaching demonstration, in early 2021. There may be an earlier, remote interview stage as well.

This position is one of five openings at Portland Community College that will pilot a faculty cohort model that seeks to further diversify the college’s faculty and advance our efforts towards achieving equitable student success. This faculty cohort will join an educational community that values cultural competency and inclusive teaching practices. Incoming faculty will be provided with mentorship, professional development, and opportunities to connect with faculty across the district. For more information about Portland Community College’s commitment to equitable student success, please visit https://www.pcc.edu/yess/ .

Candidate Profile

These qualifications, skills and abilities are critical for success in this position.
Throughout the screening process, you will be evaluated based on the demonstration of these qualifications.

Please be sure to address how you meet the Success Criteria below in your Cover Letter:

  • Provide culturally-responsive instruction, advising, and assessment for diverse students for all levels of ASL
  • Demonstrate knowledge of trends, developments, and new technologies affecting American Sign Language and ASL interpreting education
  • Foster a positive, caring, equitable, and inclusive learning environment for students
  • Communicate effectively in a collaborative environment, support part-time faculty, and engage with community stakeholders


Your materials will also be evaluated based on the qualifications below regarding cultural competency and culturally-responsive teaching:

  • Demonstrates awareness of one’s own cultural background and how it influences perception, values, and practices and how these perceptions, values, and practices shape their teaching and relationship to students
  • Demonstrates understanding of structural privileges/inequalities and how they impact educational practices; empowers learners to analyze and overcome the effect of institutional bias/inequality
  • Understands the differences between prejudice, discrimination, racism, and how they operate at the interpersonal, intergroup, and institutional levels
  • D evelops culturally-responsive curriculum and instruction in responses to differences in individual experiences, cultural, ethnic, gender, and linguistic diversity, and socioeconomic status


NOTE -You will be asked to address the following question as part of the application for this Full-Time Faculty position at PCC :

"A key tenet of culturally responsive teaching is the belief that students’ cultural background and lived experience can help bridge new learning. Please describe an example of how you connect academic concepts in your field to knowledge that comes from students’ families, communities, and/or lived experiences. As part of your answer, please tell us something about how your own lived experience is a factor in how you do this work."

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered, your application must demonstrate these minimum qualifications. (Experience is calculated based on the start and end dates you provide multiplied by the number of hours per week worked).

  • Master’s Degree in American Sign Language, Deaf Studies, Interpreting, Intercultural Relations, Deaf Education, Linguistics or related field
  • Minimum of three years experience teaching American Sign Language in credit courses at the college level
  • Possess, or be willing to obtain, certification within one year of hire date from the American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA) – Certified Level
  • Experience working or volunteering as a Deaf Interpreter
  • Native or native-like ASL proficiency


Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with relevant recent professional or education/teaching experience.

  • Experience developing curriculum for college level courses
  • Experience as a faculty department chair or program coordinator
  • National or state-level interpreter certification
  • Experience mentoring and assessing interpreters
  • Experience in a leadership role with a diverse team with a collaborative approach


Starting Salary Expectations Initial Salary Placement will be up to Step 3 ($61,137) based on related experience, per PCC's collective bargaining agreement. Position Grade Salary Range $57346 to $97136 Annual Salary FTE 1 PCC Benefits

PCC offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide employees and their families, including domestic partners, with access to a broad range of benefit options. Includes Health, Dental, and Vision options, Group Life, Long-term Disability, Long-term Care, and Auto and Home Insurance programs.

PCC currently fully funds the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS/OPSRP) pension and contributes an additional 6% into the employee's Individual Account Program under PERS/OPSRP. A portion of the 6% will be diverted to The Employee Pension Stability Account as mandated by Senate Bill 1049. PCC offers a tax deferred annuity program and a deferred compensation program where employees may save additional pre-tax dollars for retirement.

Additionally, PCC provides a tuition waiver for courses offered at PCC for yourself, domestic partner, and dependent children under 24 years of age; plus partial tuition reimbursement for yourself at other accredited institutions.

* Please note: Temporary Full-Time Faculty are not eligible for Personal Leave Days, Life Insurance, Long-term Disability, or AD&D Insurance.

Paid Leave:

· 1 day of sick leave for every 18 days worked (~10 days/year)

· 21 hours of additional personal leave per year

· 4 paid holidays (which occur during the term you are teaching)

View a complete list of PCC benefits .

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

Instructors shall have earned required academic credentials at a regionally accredited US institution or a foreign institution having the equivalent of regional accreditation.

Instructors with credentials from other countries will have their transcripts evaluated by agencies that have good standing with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services to establish fulfillment of this standard. (for more information see http://www.pcc.edu/hr/employment/faculty-information.html )

For more information on PCC's General Instructor Qualifications Policy I301 visit:
http://catalog.pcc.edu/handbook/i301-instructorqualifications/

Background Check Required Yes

Portland Community College complies with the Oregon Veterans' Preference in Public Employment law which provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment. You will be given instructions during the application process to claim Veterans' Preference in the recruitment of this position, and to provide the documents required for verification of eligibility. Please do not send your documentation to the hiring manager directly. For verification of eligibility, please submit the following documentation:

  • Veterans: DD214
  • Disabled Veterans: DD214 and Letter from the Department of VA


Portland Community College is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other protected class.

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