Are you committed to the importance of ASL education in the K-20 system for students and educational practitioners? Are you passionate about raising intercultural consciousness? Do you think that cultural competency is a pillar of an undergraduate education? Are you excited to apply world language skills to practical employment opportunities for students? If these questions resonate with you, then we invite you to consider joining the team at Pierce College, an innovative and equity-focused community college dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals.
About the Program:
The American Sign Language department is part of the larger world languages department that offers Spanish, French, Korean, Japanese, and ASL. Courses in the department are conducted in the target language and go beyond the teaching of grammar and vocabulary to include culture and society in order to create responsible and well-informed citizens. The department partners with Pierce College academic support services to encourage the active learning of world languages. World Languages collaborate with faculty and staff across divisions in multiple professional technical programs such as education and business. The department is seeking to grow expertise in ASL interpreting and has historically offered an ASL interpreting certificate. The successful candidate will have a pedagogical approach that is focused on providing meaningful communicative interactions and cultural experiences that promotes cultural competency.
About Pierce College:
Pierce College is an innovative community college committed to student engagement and learning. We value student learning experiences that foster equity and diversity in the classroom and expand into our local and global communities. From closing achievement gaps for all students to building directed career pathways, faculty, staff, and administrators work collaboratively to lead initiatives that advance student success. The college serves over 15,000 students in basic skills, transfer, and professional technical programs. Through continuous efforts, we have improved retention rates by 17% and graduation rates by 89%. This year, Pierce was named a top community college in several national polls.
Pierce College employees and students live and work in various communities that offer the diverse cultural and environmental benefits of rural, suburban, and urban lifestyles in the Pacific Northwest. As part of the community and technical college system in Washington State, the District includes Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Pierce College Puyallup, Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, as well as other extended learning sites.
The successful candidate's responsibilities include:
Creating courses and course content appropriate for the student community in response to world events within and in relation to the deaf community ;
Establishing relationships with the deaf community locally and nationally on issues related to education;
Researching, presenting, and developing career paths, including transfer paths, for students studying ASL;
Analyzing course assessments, evaluations, and data to facilitate continuous improvement of courses and innovative learning experiences (campus/online/hybrid) in order to advance student achievement of outcomes, success in subsequent courses, and impact on retention and graduation;
Demonstrating multicultural competence, including an awareness and understanding of historically disadvantaged populations, and create an educational environment that affirms commitment to equity and diversity;
Setting the stage for a high level of student engagement;
Creatively designing learning experiences that extend beyond delivering content and assist students in achieving course, program, and degree outcomes, including the college's five core abilities of Multiculturalism, Critical, Creative and Reflective Thinking, Information Competency, Responsibility, and Effective Communication;
Leading efforts to increase student success and retention, including closing achievement gaps between demographic groups;
Teaching, advising, and mentoring students holistically from recruitment to completion;
Engaging in shared governance;
Participating in the First-Year Faculty Cohort in the first year of the tenure process.
Graduate degree in American Sign Language (ASL), deaf studies, deaf education, linguistics, or interpreting (or related field with 15 graduate credits within the previously listed disciplines).
Additional Salary Information: per 173 day contract