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Assistant Professor or Instructor of the Practice in American Sign Language (ASL)

Dixie State University
Job Location:
St. George, Utah
Sign Language
Salary: See Position Description

Location: St. George 84770, UT

Job Type: Full-Time Faculty

Division: College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Job Number: 22FAC822-1

Position Announcement

The Department of History, Humanities, and Modern Languages at Dixie State University (DSU) in St. George, Utah, is seeking an enthusiastic and well-qualified individual for either an Assistant Professor (tenure track) or an Instructor of the Practice (professional track) position in of American Sign Language. The successful candidate will contribute significantly to a rapidly growing ASL program to train future interpreters towards an ASL interpreter certification and/or degree. This position starts July 1, 2022, the same day DSU becomes Utah Tech University. Classes begin in mid-August 2022.More information about the Modern Languages area and its associated programs and faculty can be found online at, with ASL specifically being found online at

  • The successful candidate (tenure track or professional track) must engage in all aspects of teaching, including:
    • Teach all levels (1000-4000) of ASL interpreting and related courses, leading to certification and/or degree. Classroom instruction equal to 24 credits per academic year for tenure-track positions, or 30 credits per academic year for professional-track positions.
    • Hold office hours, submit grades per university deadlines, and conduct required course evaluations.
    • Advise program students.
    • Mentor part-time instructors.
    • Handle program course coordination on a rotating basis.
    • Review and assist with developing ASL curriculum sufficient to prepare students for state and national certification testing.
    • Assist students in developing interpreting skills and analyzing ASL development and production.
  • Participation in the life of the program and department, including department meetings, program coordination tasks, and curriculum design.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Department Chair and/or Dean.
  • Tenure track faculty must also engage in a variety of service expectations associated with the program, department, college, university, community, or professional organizations.
    • Work with the department chair, the dean, and other faculty to advance the department mission and university mission.
    • Fulfill faculty service responsibilities at all levels of the university, community, or professional organizations associated with the discipline.
    • Be engaged in a scholarly agenda appropriate to the applicant's professional expertise, which could include traditional academic research or creative work. While DSU is a teaching university, we value faculty who are engaged in their fields and who can bring that professional work into the classroom. DSU values scholarship of discovery and scholarship of pedagogy/andragogy.
  • For tenure-track Assistant Professor: Terminal degree (PhD or EdD) required, with an undergraduate or graduate degree in Deaf Studies, Deaf Education, or related field preferred. Teaching experience at the university level is strongly preferred, a commitment to program building and student service, and professional engagement with their field of study.
  • For professional-track Instructor of the Practice: Master's Degree in Interpreting Pedagogy or related field. Significant teaching experience at the university level is strongly preferred, as is the ability to work as a collaborative partner in program building, and a commitment to student service.
  • For all candidates:
    • Interpreter Certification (NIC, NAD, RID, CDI, UTAH PROFESSIONAL, or equitable qualification) preferred; some interpreting experience expected.
    • Membership in various interpreter, deaf, and interpreter training organizations.
    • Focus, interest, and expertise in college level teaching (finalists will be required to demonstrate competence in a teaching module).
    • Ability and willingness to adapt courses to current technology.
    • Ability to communicate clearly with students, staff, and colleagues - manually, orally and in writing.
    • An eagerness to engage with faculty, staff, administrators, and constituents or advisory boards to develop ways to improve the educational experience of students interested in pursuing careers related to American Sign Language.
    • Expertise in course, curriculum, and program development preferred.
Supplemental Information

POSITION DETAILS, COMPENSATION & BENEFITS: Full-time (9-month) tenure-track or professional-track faculty position. Faculty service begins August 2022, with pay & benefits starting July 1, 2022. Annual salary of $49,000+ for professional-track Instructor of the Practice, and annual salary of $54,000+ for tenure-track Assistant Professor, depending on qualifications and experience. Additional compensation available for overload or summer teaching. Excellent benefits package included - see under "Benefits Summary" for more details.

ELECTRONIC APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Application review beginsFebruary 14, 2022;position open until filled. Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references (including email addresses), transcripts, and a Student Success Statement (1-2 pages about their teaching or other experience, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population). Please upload all of the requested documents when you submit your application. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and certification of required degrees and upon successfully passing a background check. If, because of a disability, you need special services or facilities in order to apply for this opening, please call the Human Resources Office (435) 652-7520.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: Dixie State University (DSU), soon-to-be-called Utah Tech University starting July 1, 2022, is an open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic institution, committed to exceptional student learning and success that has adopted an instructional approach of "active learning. active life" and a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. We seek faculty and staff committed to creating an active, applied and career-oriented learning environment that is student-centered. Established in 1911 as a community college and in 2013 as a state university, our university is located in picturesque southwestern Utah with its red rocks, desert climate, over 300 days of sunshine annually, and featuring easy access to world-class outdoor recreational opportunities. The nearest metropolitan area is Las Vegas, NV (120 miles), with amenities such as an international airport and professional sporting teams.Click here to learn more about the University.

DSU is a fast-growing Utah public institution of higher education, with more than 12,000 students. We offer over 230 programs, including masters, bachelors, associates, certificates, endorsements, minors, and/or emphases. We seek to recruit and retain diverse and ambitious faculty and staff who bring new ideas, possess values and career aspirations aligned with the mission and vision, and are inspired to build a premier open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic university. DSU is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer; the President and employees of DSU are fully committed to Affirmative Action and within its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment. DSU does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or DSU's non-discrimination policies:
  • Director of Equity Compliance / Title IX Coordinator: Hazel Sainsbury -, HCC 579, 435-652-7747.
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator: Abby Del Giacco, 435-652-7731.
For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit or contact:
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights,, 800-421-3481.
  • U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office,, 303-844-5695.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.


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Highlights from DSU's benefits package include:
  • 14.2% retirement contribution, paid 100% by the employer (no match required), vested on day 1 of full-time employment;
  • Regular undergraduate tuition waiver (paid at 100%) for employee, spouse, and unmarried dependent children to take courses at Dixie State;
  • Full medical, dental, and vision plans, with low employee-paid premiums, that begins on day 1 of full-time employment;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts or Health Savings Accounts available;
  • Employer-paid basic life insurance & disability insurance coverage from day 1 of full-time employment;
  • Generous staff leave accruals, plus 12 paid holidays per calendar year.
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