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Harvard University Preceptor in American Sign Language in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Title Preceptor in American Sign Language

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Department of Linguistics

Position Description

The Department of Linguistics seeks applications for a full-time preceptor in American Sign Language ( ASL ). The appointment is expected to begin July 1, 2024. The preceptor will be responsible for teaching beginning and/or intermediate in-person courses as part of our existing six-semester ASL course sequence, with the opportunity to develop and teach advanced courses in ASL , Deaf history and culture, ASL Literature, sign language linguistics, or related fields depending on student interest and instructor expertise, and working with the Linguistics department to support and develop activities and events on campus connected to the ASL curriculum. The position is initially for three years, renewable for a term of up to five years (eight years in total) contingent upon performance, enrollments, and curricular need.

Basic Qualifications

The successful applicant should have at least two years of experience teaching courses in American Sign Language at the college level, evidence of prior teaching success, an advanced (masters or doctoral) degree in Sign Language Education or a related field (Linguistics, Deaf Studies), native or near-native fluency in ASL , and extensive knowledge of Deaf culture.

Additional Qualifications

Special Instructions

Please submit the following documents through the ARIeS portal ( Candidates are encouraged to apply by November 15, 2023; applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

  1. Cover letter

  2. A video in ASL describing your background and teaching experience

  3. Curriculum Vitae

  4. Teaching/advising statement (describing teaching approach and philosophy and practices)

  5. Statement describing efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past, current, and anticipated future contributions in these areas.

  6. Names and contact information of at least three referees, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted. Three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is considered complete only when at least three letters have been received.

    Contact Information

Victoria Koc, Department of Linguistics, Boylston Hall, Cambridge MA 02138

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Equal Opportunity Employer

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, protected veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or other protected status.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC -recommended vaccines.

Minimum Number of References Required 3

Maximum Number of References Allowed 5


faculty, instructor, lecturer

Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MA, Northeast, New England

Fields: American Sign Language, Deaf studies, Sign Languages, ASL Literature, Sign Linguistics

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