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American Sign Language Instructional Faculty

Temple University College of Public Health
Pennsylvania, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Dec 22, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Speech & Hearing Sciences
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Non-Tenure Track Instructor in American Sign Language


The past year has magnified the ways that inequities—whether due to race, gender, sexuality, or income—contribute to health disparities. These inequities are a major public health threat and demand a concerted, interdisciplinary effort. At the College of Public Health, we dedicate ourselves to public health in all its parameters, from epidemiology to nursing, from social work to rehabilitation sciences. Social justice has always driven our work, understanding that individual outcomes are intricately tied to the larger systems we inhabit, is the foundation of our college.


Consisting of 20 disciplines, including a focus on Communication Science and Disorders, Temple University College of Public Health’s interprofessional culture fosters collaboration both within and outside the College.  We value differences among our faculty and believe that we can better serve and understand our Philadelphia community and beyond through the diversity of our individual faculty and our disciplines. Join us in our mission to develop progressive, compassionate researchers, practitioners, and clinicians to build a better tomorrow, grounded in creating the environments and health infrastructure that will make us the healthiest nation.


The Position.  We seek to expand our popular programming in American Sign Language in the ASL Certificate program.  To meet the high demand for programming in this area, the department is searching to fill an open-rank non-tenure track faculty position at the instructor level starting in the Fall of 2022.  Applicants should be prepared to teach multiple levels of ASL (1-4). 


Qualifications. A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Deaf Education, Deaf Studies, American Sign Language or a similar discipline is required. Three years of experience as an instructor of ASL at the college or high school level is preferred. All faculty are active in the local community and contribute to the curriculum and the Department’s committees. We value diversity and seek individuals committed to inclusivity in collaborative education and practice, prepared to join us in our commitment toward prioritizing sustainable, inclusive, and anti- oppressive practices.  Rank and salary depend on experience and qualifications.  COVID-19 vaccinations are required for employment at Temple University unless granted a religious or medical exemption (see


The Department. Enrolls approximately 350 students and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Speech, Language, and Hearing, and a doctoral degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. We also offer undergraduate certificates in in American Sign Language and in Linguistics as well as a graduate level Bilingual Emphasis Path. Our MA program is accredited by the CAA and is ranked 25th in the US. We are home to the Eleanor M. Saffran Center, which fosters clinical translational research within the domain of cognitive neuroscience, the Temple University Speech Language and Hearing Center that serves highly diverse clientele including the Transgender Voice Program, the Philadelphia Aphasia Community at Temple (PACT), and the Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Treatment, Learning, and Education (CASTLE) Center. CSD faculty have research interests and funding in areas including development of ASL, bilingualism, language intervention, childhood apraxia of speech, as well as aphasia and Alzheimer’s Disease.


The College. Devoted to an interprofessional environment for education, research, and practice, the CEPH-accredited College of Public Health consists of academic units in the public health disciplines, health professions, and the School of Social Work, enrolling approximately 4,200 students. The College’s research aims to understand the fundamental factors that affect the health and well-being of individuals and populations by examining health problems through foundational research, policy and practice, and the development and dissemination of evidence-based interventions. We focus on social determinants of health and social justice with strengths in cancer, obesity, HIV, substance abuse, mental illness, mobility research, cognition and language, developmental disabilities, organ transplantation and aging. CPH research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, Gates Foundation, and other major private foundation, state and federal agencies. The College is home to an Office for Community Engaged Research and Practice, the Center for Obesity Research and Education, and the Collaborative on Community Inclusion. The Office of Clinical Affairs and Interprofessional Education leads our clinical activities, including the COVID-19 RapidVax effort and forward-looking IPE within the College and throughout the university. The college is staffed by a robust complement of seasoned professionals including robust offices of Communications and Marketing, Information Technology, Sponsored Research, and Academic Affairs.


The University. Temple is an urban, research-intensive Carnegie R1 university located in historic and culturally rich Philadelphia, the nation’s 6th largest city. The city was ranked 3rd by the New York Times as a world tourist destination. The National Science Foundation ranks Temple among the top 100 universities in the country for research expenditures. Temple is the 6th largest provider of professional education in the nation and includes Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Podiatry, Law, and Dentistry and research centers.  It also is the home of the Fox Chase Comprehensive Cancer Center.


To apply, submit 1) your CV, 2) a cover letter outlining your experiences in ASL instruction and education, 3) a 1-page teaching statement that incorporates your views on diversity, equity and inclusion, and 4) a list of 3-5 references with contact information to Jonathan Harman at  For more information or to make a nomination, contact Mr. Hartmann at  Application review begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.



Temple University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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