Position at Lamar University Deaf Education/Deaf Studies Program

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:

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

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 state).

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 tony.martin@lamar.edu.

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.

About Bradley Porche

Bradley Porche is a High School Teacher for the Deaf at Clear Creek ISD. He is also a professor at Houston Community College and a Deaf Activist. You can see his website at http://porchedaily.typepad.com/porche-daily/ or follow him on Twitter @porcheb .

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