Job Opportunity: Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at Lamar University

Job Opportunity: Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Lamar University
College of Fine Arts and Communication
Beaumont, Texas

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in the Department of Deaf Studies and
Deaf Education

Applications and nominations are invited for a faculty position in the Deaf
Studies and Deaf Education Department, pending available funding.

Faculty reports to the Chair of the Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
Department. The University seeks a person with high energy, enthusiasm
and vision to work within the department that is in the process of
programmatic expansion. The Department offers coursework at the
undergraduate level in the area of American Sign Language (BA-ASL), at the
graduate level with a Master’s degree (MS-Deaf Studies/Deaf Education
and Doctoral degree Ed.D.) in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. In addition
the BA and MS areas offer coursework leading to teacher certification. The
successful candidate will possess strong teaching, research, and writing
skills. The candidate must possess strong leadership skills
and interpersonal skills with demonstrated work experiences with colleagues
exhibiting positive collegiality.

Responsibilities include:
1. Advise and counsel undergraduate ASL majors and graduate majors in
Masters and Doctoral Deaf Education programs.
2. Teach undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses within the Department
as program needs mandate.
3. Serve on departmental, college, and university committees as necessary.
4. Conduct research, scholarly activities, and grant writing to meet program
5. Provide supervision for department majors during field experiences.
6. Meet other day-to-day responsibilities of the faculty position as

The University seeks a person with knowledge, skills and proficiencies in
providing training to students in careers related to ASL Studies and Deaf
/ Studies Education. The successful candidate will have:

1. Fluency in American Sign Language
2. An earned doctoral degree in Deaf Education, American Sign Language,
Linguistics, or a closely related field. ABDs may be considered.
3. Knowledge of Deaf culture and extensive personal and professional
experiences within the Deaf community.
4. Ability to demonstrate depth of knowledge regarding the EC-12 application
of ASL/English bilingual education and evidence based practices.
5. Ability to demonstrate depth of knowledge and understanding in ASL
acquisition by L1 and L2 learners.
6. Demonstrated teaching research and publication skills.

Preference will be given to candidates:
1) who are Native ASL user.
2) with three years of classroom experience with EC-12 deaf children.
3) with experience supervising student teachers.
4) with CED certification.
5) with certification in Deaf Education and/or ASL at the state-level (any

Lamar University is a member of The Texas State University System, has an
enrollment of approximately 14,000 students, and offers a wide variety of
baccalaureate and masters degrees, as well as doctorates in four
disciplines. Lamar faculty have a strong commitment to teaching
excellence combined with research. Non-traditional students comprise almost
25% of the student enrollment at this culturally diverse, metropolitan
university, while 70% of the student body is full-time and under the age of
25. Located on the banks of the Neches River in Southeast Texas, Beaumont is
only 85 miles from Houston and 35 miles from the Gulf of Mexico beaches.
Leisure opportunities abound nearby in the Big Thicket National Preserve and
lake areas of East Texas. A wide range of cultural activities are provided
through a regional symphony orchestra, art museum, historic houses, opera,
ballet and theater companies. The cultural centers of Houston and Galveston
offer many kinds of aesthetic enrichment. A year-round temperate climate
increases opportunities for outdoor recreational activities.

The position will be available for the Fall of 2009. This is a 9-month
position with the possibility of Summer teaching opportunities. This will be
a tenured-track position with rank and salary appropriate to experience and
evidence of a terminal degree. Review of applications will begin
January 13th, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled. “This
position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code §51.215,
which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record
information.” Applicants should submit a cover letter, complete curriculum
vitae and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of
five references to: Chair of the Deaf Studies and Deaf Education Faculty
Search Committee, c/o Human Resources Lamar University, P. O. Box 11127,
Beaumont, Texas 77710. If you have questions, please call (409.880.8170) or
email Dr. Tony Martin at [email protected].

Lamar University is an equal opportunity employer that actively seeks and
encourages nominations and expressions of interest from members of groups
that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. The Department
of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education also expresses interest in applications
from individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.

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