March 23, 2016
Vol. 12, No. 22
Editor: Tom Willard
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Desert Hot Springs, CA
DEAF WOMEN RECOVERING AFTER BEING BRUTALLY ATTACKED
Two deaf women are recovering Tuesday after being brutally attacked near their home in Desert Hot Springs. The couple just moved to the city three months ago from Indiana. Dee and Cat both suffered injuries to their arms and hands, and Dee is recovering from a concussion. The two were attacked after police said Shaunda Lane got offended. / KESQ
Council Bluffs, IA
IOWA REGENTS TERMINATE TWO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF TEACHERS
The Board of Regents on Thursday unanimously agreed to terminate two longtime teachers with the Iowa School for the Deaf after conducting private hearings last week. Details of those hearings were not made public, and board spokesman Josh Lehman said Iowa Code prevents regents from discussing the personnel matters. But eight of the nine regents — minus Milt Dakovich, who was not present — met in closed session again Thursday before publicly voting to terminate Tricia Tighe and Tina Murdoch. / The Gazette
HARD-OF-HEARING STUDENT OBJECTS TO AUDIO SECTION OF TEST
Payton Bogert is a straight-A student taking advanced high school classes, yet she knows she'll likely struggle on a part of Florida's upcoming language arts exam. The 15-year-old is profoundly hard of hearing, and that section of the high-stakes test needed for graduation will ask students to put on headphones and listen to a passage before answering questions. The test will include a video of someone translating the audio clip into ASL. But that won't help Payton, who is learning sign language but not fluent in it. / Orlando Sentinel
SCHOOL APOLOGIZES FOR BUS ROUTE MIX-UP INVOLVING DEAF CHILD
Dayton Public Schools apologized this week after a school bus driver dropped a 10-year-old deaf student off at the wrong location, forcing the child to wait alone in a building hallway until her mother arrived. “Our student’s driver dropped her off at her former stop on Tuesday, after a change in afternoon bus stop locations requested by her mother had just gone into effect,” Dayton Public Schools’ spokeswoman Jill Moberley said in a statement Thursday. “It was the driver’s responsibility to note the change and deliver the student to her new stop.” / Dayton Daily News
Cape Coral, FL
MOTHER OF PARTIALLY DEAF CHILD WANTS SCHOOL DISTRICT TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION
In the days and weeks to come, 4th grader Justin Martin is going to start making the 1.2 mile walk to and from Cape Elementary School. His mother Corina Martin tells FOX4, she doesn't think its safe. "It's a far walk for a kid that has hearing loss and asthma," Martin says. A document issued by the Doctor last month affirms Justin lives with mild hearing loss in his right ear. But according to the Lee County School District, Justin's hearing isn't poor enough to receive exceptional student education, or ESE, transportation. / FOX 4
'I'M DEAF ... AND I WANTED TO BE OF SOME SERVICE'
“I’m deaf,” he announced, his voice booming. “But I read about what you all were doing and I wanted to be of some service,” he continued. “I’m a man. I want to do my part to help… And I figured if you could use me, I want to help.” His name is Gabriel Wallace. His declaration left me almost speechless. Despite his deafness, he said he could read to the children. Despite his uncertainty of whether his “disability” would be perceived as an impediment, he showed up. / Chicago Sun-Times
CHICK-FIL-A EMPLOYEE CONNECTS WITH SIGN LANGUAGE, VIDEO GOES VIRAL
Seventeen-year-old Taylor Anez, a senior at Douglas Byrd High School, is fluent in signing. Her ability to communicate with the hearing-impaired sparked a video that reached nearly 2 million views over social media over the last few weeks. Taylor uses ASL to communicate with deaf customers at the Chick-Fil-A restaurant on Raeford Road. "They had no idea I could do sign language," she said of her employers. / Fayetteville Observer
MAN PROPOSES TO HIS DEAF GIRLFRIEND THE MOMENT SHE HEARS FOR THE FIRST TIME
Captured in a tear-jerking video on Youtube, Andrea Diaz is seen working with an audiologist who's attempting to adjust her new cochlear implant. Diaz becomes instantly overwhelmed upon hearing for the first time in her life, as she sits surrounded by her boyfriend and mother for the emotional moment. The already heart-wrenching situation becomes that much more so when suddenly, after clarifying that the implant was working, her boyfriend leans over to pop the big question. / AOL News
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New Delhi, India
HEARING IMPAIRED MAY SOON GET DRIVING LICENSES
Persons with hearing impairment may soon be able to get driving licenses after passing tests. The road transport ministry is planning to incorporate provisions including some sort of "prominent identification" of vehicles driven by such persons. Recently, social justice and empowerment minister Thawar Chand Gehlot had written to road transport minister Nitin Gadkari to look into this matter. / Times of India
DEAF ALL AFRICA GAMES SHELVED FOR LACK OF QUORUM, FUNDING
The inaugural Deaf All Africa Games earlier scheduled for April 14-26 in Nairobi has been postponed to August 6-13. The Local Organizing Committee made the decision after realizing only two countries confirmed their participation. LOC is also yet to raise money to run the show meaning the Kenya Deaf Sports Federation have no cash to adequately prepare Team Kenya. / The Star
Durban, South Africa
MOM HELPS DEAF STUDENT BEAT THE ODDS
At the age of 54, Mary-Anne Hodgkinson found herself back at school even though she was neither a pupil nor or a teacher. Instead she was there as an interpreter for her daughter, Ashley Hodgkinson, 25, who was born deaf. Hodgkinson attended classes with Ashley from Grade 10, and until she completed her tertiary studies. Last week Ashley graduated from the Embury Teacher Training Institute in Durban with a Bachelor of Education Foundation Phase. / Independent Online
DEAF ARTS FESTIVAL DEFIES ODDS
Art lovers were in for a treat as different deaf students showed off their artistic skills and talent during the Deaf Arts Festival held recently at Emerald Hill School for the Deaf. The festival saw different schools taking part with each school performing genres like poetry, drama, dance and educative presentations, all through sign language, whilst there was also an interpreter and a narrator to make it easy for people to understand. / The Herald
DEAF TAIWANESE DANCER DEFIED THE ODDS AND DANCED HER WAY TO STARDOM
Since Lin Ching Lan was a little girl, all she'd always wanted was to dance. But because she was born with a severe hearing impairment, she was told time and time again that she would never be a dancer. Despite being turned away by dance schools, Lin continued to pursue her dream. "When I was told that I couldn't dance, I felt extremely sad and asked myself, 'Why can't I hear? Why can't I dance? Just because I can't hear, does that mean I can't dance?'," the Taiwanese dancer said. / Mashable
2 STUDENTS CONVICTED OF ROBBING DEAF MAN
Two students were handed a three-month suspended imprisonment for tricking a deaf man and robbing his cash and mobile. The duo, an 18-year-old Egyptian, A.M., and 20-year-old Sudanese, Z.Z., communicated with the Moroccan man in sign language and asked to borrow his phone in August. Z.Z. took the phone while A.M. stayed with the Moroccan for a while and then they walked to a dark alley. Then they assaulted the man until he fell unconscious and stole his phone and cash. / GulfNews.com
DEAF COMMUNITY HAS A REQUEST FOR TV NETWORK HOSTING 3RD PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
Our fellow Pinoys who are members of the deaf community have another request for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the TV networks who are hosting the presidential and vice presidential debates. In the first installment, which was broadcast live on Feb. 21, there was no Sign Language interpreter. The Deaf community made a request and the Comelec promptly provided one for the next installment of debates. However, as Deaf community member Ana Arce pointed out: "We need a bigger interpreting inset." / Coconuts Manila
Calgary, AB, Canada
AFTER TUMULT OF WAR, DEAF SYRIAN FAMILY FINDS PEACE IN CANADA
Profoundly deaf, Mohamad al Kawarit did not hear the gun shot ring out as he made his way to prayers at the mosque in Al-Harra, his hometown in southern Syria. But when he felt a jolt of pain and saw blood gushing from his neck, the 15-year-old knew he had been struck by a bullet. The war in Syria, and that stray round in particular, sent Mohamad and his family -- his father and three of his siblings are also deaf -- to Lebanon. The family ultimately found safety in Canada as government-assisted refugees, stepping off a plane in this prairie city of 1.2 million people last December. / UNHCR
Regina, SK, Canada
DEAF TEEN LEAVES RURAL COMMUNITY FOR FRESH START IN REGINA SCHOOL
It was Shayla Tanner's special education teacher who suggested she go to school at Thom Collegiate in Regina. Thom teacher Joanne Weber, who is deaf herself, runs a class that has been highly praised for the way it focuses on visual learning and sign language. And so, three years ago, Tanner, 17, left Cowessess and moved in with her brother in Regina so that she could join the program. It's was a challenge, she says. She learned a more in-depth version of ASL and gained a better grasp of English grammar. / CBC News
SMIRNOFF CAMPAIGN FEATURES DEAF DANCER
The latest ad in Smirnoff's "we're open" campaign profiles a deaf dance teacher and will be the first spot in the series to air on TV. The documentary-style ad, which was made by 72andSunny, introduces Chris Fonseca, a Londoner who teaches other deaf dancers and explains that, although he can’t hear the lyrics of songs, he can still feel the beat. / Campaign
SILENT MOVIES -- WHY DEAF PEOPLE ARE FLOCKING TO THE WATERSHED
For the past six months anyone visiting the Watershed arts cinema might have noticed things were unusually quiet. All the staff, from those handing out tickets in the box office to the bar staff in the cafe have all been focused on the same project – to master British Sign Language. The number of people visiting the attraction from the city's 1,000-strong deaf community has been steadily on the rise, thanks to the new focus on making service more accessible. / Bristol Post
WARNING ABOUT 'DEAF AND MUTE' CON ARTISTS IN TEWKESBURY
Police are warning people to be cautious after reports that con artists could be operating in the Tewkesbury area. Following incidents of a group of Eastern European people pretending to be deaf and mute calling on people's homes in Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset, it appears the fraudsters may have moved into Gloucestershire. Residents in Tewkesbury took to social media to talk of their suspicions about the group, who have been trying to sell photocopied artwork using signs that say they can't speak or hear. / Gloucestershire Echo
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LIFE & LEISURE
PROFESSORS GET PIED TO SUPPORT DEAF KIDS
The American Sign Language Club raised money for the a North Carolina School for the Deaf in Morganton on Friday, by having students pay to pie a professor. A student could pay $3 to throw a pie at a professor once, or they could pay $5 to throw a pie at them twice. “This event is important because the proceeds go to a good cause,” Savanna Lupton, secretary for ASL, said, “and who wouldn’t want to pie a professor in the face?” Five professors volunteered to participate in the event. / The Appalachian Online
Cape Girardeau, MO
MISSOURI RESIDENT HELPS OTHERS WHO ARE DEAF
Before Jackie Cole was born, a bout with rubella complicated her mother's pregnancy and she was born deaf. But she's not bothered by that. In fact, she's thankful she was born only deaf and not with the heart complications that also are common with prenatal rubella exposure. "My mother didn't think I was deaf," she explained via an interpreter. But her father, who was hard-of-hearing himself, knew right away. "My father just looked at me and said, 'Nope. She's deaf.'" / The Kansas City Star
Green Bay, WI
STATONS OF THE CROSS FOR DEAF HELP THEM FOLLOW STORY OF JESUS' PASSION
Praying the Stations of the Cross is a popular Lenten activity for Catholics, but for those who are deaf or hard of hearing, it can be a difficult, sometimes impossible challenge to follow along with the story of Jesus’ passion. About 10 years ago, the deaf community in the Diocese of Green Bay began holding “Deaf Stations of the Cross” at St. John the Evangelist Church in Green Bay. Using ASL, community members take turns presenting the meditations and prayers that make up the stations. / Catholic Philly
“Telling America’s Stories by Bridging Deaf Cultures @ Your Library”
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the National LIterary Society of the Deaf Inc will co-host on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. 10 a.m to 4:00 p.m.
Two well known authors: Myron Uhlberg and Dr. Harry Lang will discuss their new books in the morning. Workshops about US copyright law, how to research, deaf cultures / Parent culture; and Internship in the afternoon.
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HOW 3 DEAF SIBLINGS, AND A FRIEND, CREATED AN ASL LEARNING APP
Melissa Malzkuhn and her two siblings — Matt and Megan — are third generation Deaf, so they grew up signing. They also grew up being asked “How can I learn ASL?” Granted, there are any number of courses out there, but the average person might not have the time or resources to devote to such a pursuit. This user is looking for something fun, something easy and something intuitive. So the Malzkuhns, along with lead engineer Tim Kettering (all four graduates of Gallaudet University), decided to create just that — a mobile app to share their native language with the surrounding world. / Technical.ly DC
RIT/NTID RESEARCHERS RECEIVE $450K GRANT FOR STUDY OF VISION IN DEAF CHILDREN
Does being born deaf lead to better visual skills, or does a lack of hearing make it difficult for deaf children to pay attention to the world around them? According to researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, who recently earned a $450,000 National Science Foundation grant, the answer often depends on the background of the deaf child being studied. The NSF award, which will be distributed over three years, will support a study of 150 deaf children, ages 6 to 13, attending schools for the deaf around the United States. / NTID News
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Los Angeles, CA
DANCING WITH THE STARS: NYLE DIMARCO WOWS WITH FIRST DANCE
"America's Next Top Model" winner Nyle DiMarco wowed the judges on Monday's "Dancing with the Stars" – and his high scores were made all the more impressive because he wasn't able to hear the music. "You could be America's Next Top Dancer. Unbelievable," judge Bruno Tonioli said, while Carrie Ann Inaba raved that the deaf model "brought the rhythm to life." Len Goodman admitted he didn't know what to expect, but said he wasn't "expecting that." / People.com
See Also REHEARSAL ACCIDENT SENDS NYLE DIMARCO TO HOSPITAL / People.com
GETTING TO KNOW THE DEAF JAMMERS OF KEAN UNIVERSITY
Carol Goodman made a gigantic stride towards the integration of the Deaf community into the rest of the student body in 2011 when she established the Deaf Jammers. Goodman, an Undergraduate Coordinator for the Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, Communication Disorders and Deafness Department, serves as the faculty adviser for the Deaf Jammers. Goodman’s motive was to promote awareness of ASL and the Deaf culture through performance. / The Cougar's Bite
Ocean City, NJ
OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOL ASL CLUB RAISES $1,850 DURING DEAF PAINTING PARTY
The American Sign Language (ASL) Honor Society at Ocean City High School raised more than $1,850 during a painting party at the school led by Deaf artist and graphic designer Ashley Shaffer on Friday, March 18. Shaffer, of Baltimore, used a piece of her own original artwork to instruct and guide 85 participants in painting the piece, titled “Strength,” step-by-step. / Ocean City Patch
WATCH MARTIN GARRIX STAGE SPECIAL CONCERT FOR DEAF COMMUNITY
Martin Garrix recently staged a concert that turned the Dutch DJ's music into an extrasensory experience for the dance-loving deaf community. For the performance, Garrix partnered with 7-Up to create "Music Lifts You Up," with the resulting video from the gig premiering during Ultra Fest in Miami and on Crave Online. "Motion, vibration, visual-wise… I got in this room and stepped on one of those vibrating platforms and played a note and I got scared," Garrix said of specially built venue for the unique performance. / Rolling Stone
HIGH SCHOOLER CRAFTS ST. LOUIS MURAL USING 300,000 CRAYONS
"It's really a great way to teach teamwork among children," said artist Connor Wright, who points out where box 12 will be hung as part of his St. Louis skyline mural while working with students from the Moog Institute for Deaf Education on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at the Magic House in Kirkwood. / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
New York, NY
NBA'S FIRST DEAF PLAYER PIVOTS TO SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Lance Allred played professional basketball for a decade all around the world, including a stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008. Born legally deaf into a fundamentalist polygamous family, his life experience has been anything but typical. Now, with his playing days behind him, Allred is turning to social entrepreneurship. Allred is creating a tech company called Manestream that he says will provide radically faster access to internet resources, allowing users to work directly from the web at speeds approaching the time to access a hard drive. The system will be commercially available any day now. / Forbes
DEAF MAN PLEADS WITH BILL SIMMONS TO TRANSCRIBE PODCASTS
Not everyone agrees with Bill Simmons, but most people love to hear his informed opinions anyway. Dan Binder is a big fan of the sportswriter, but he hasn’t been able to hear the sportswriter’s podcasts for almost a decade. Binder is deaf. Binder apparently has pleaded with Simmons through the years to transcribe his podcasts and make them accessible for the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities, but to no avail. Now that Simmons has left ESPN to begin his start-up “The Ringer,” Binder is hoping things might change. / Sun Times
TROJANS SELECTED AS NDIAA DII NATIONAL DEAF CHAMPIONS
The basketball season for the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf is the gift that keeps on giving. After enjoying a season that included a GPSD tournament title, a home section win and many other accomplishments, MSAD’s basketball team was selected as the National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association Division II Team of the Year. Head coach Lee Jones was also named Coach of the Year. / southernminn.com
MACARTHUR GRAD PREPARES FOR 2016 DEAF WORLD CUP
A MacArthur High graduate is kicking his love for soccer into high gear as he prepares for the 2016 Deaf World Cup, but he needs your help to get there. After graduating high school in 2011, Patrick Shea, who is hard of hearing, joined the U.S. Men's Deaf Soccer Team. Shea says he tried out for the team and was selected after a friend put in a good word to the coach for him. Four years later, Shea and his teammates are headed to Italy to play on the big stage. But first, he'll have to raise $5,000. / KSWO
CHILDREN'S BOOK HIGHLIGHTS DEAF BASEBALL HERO
I ’m always on the lookout for great children’s books to give my grandchildren and great-nieces and –nephews. So I enjoyed visiting with author Nancy Churnin about her new book, “The William Hoy Story,” an inspiring and educational tale about an influential Major League Baseball player who was deaf. I immediately bought a copy for my 4-year-old great-nephew. Last weekend she read from the book in Shreveport, and an interpreter from the Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center of Louisiana signed her words. / The Shreveport Times
FREDERICK C. PALM; DESIGNER AIDED HEARING IMPAIRED
Frederick C. Palm, who designed systems for museums, arenas, and even subway kiosks that allow people with hearing aids to receive clear audio, died March 6 in his West Toledo home. He was 66. He’d had a heart attack, said Patricia Degnan Corrigan, a friend since grade school. Mr. Palm founded Assistive Audio and for years was U.S. distributor for Ampetronic, a firm specializing in hearing loop systems. Mr. Palm would design the use of those systems in a particular space — say, the American Museum of Natural History or the National September 11 Memorial Museum. / Toledo Blade
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Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) is now accepting applications for: DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH PROGRAMS
Reports to the Superintendent and is responsible for the development/delivery of Outreach services by CSDB staff. This position supervises Outreach services personnel supporting the delivery of services to children newborn-twenty-one, parents, educators and community members.
Interested persons please visit CSDB's website at http://www.csdb.org/careers-2/classified-3/ for official job announcement.
Full-Time; 260 days (July through June) beginning 2016-2017. Salary: Base salary shall be based upon appropriate qualifications
Chelle Lutz, Human Resources /CSDB
33 North Institute Street; Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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Assistant Director Wanted
The Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans is hiring an Assistant Director. This position supervises a small team of staff and vendors, serves in the capacity of the Executive Director as directed, and provides high-level support to advocacy and legislative efforts to improve public policies with Minnesotans who are deaf, deaf blind or hard of hearing. The position is also responsible for the development of comprehensive work plans to implement statewide strategies as well as effectively manage its meeting process. Advanced communication skills in American Sign Language and written English required. The State Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefit package. Full details at www.mn.gov/careers, posting number 3390. Application deadline is 4/4/2016.
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) located in Colorado Springs at the foot of Pikes Peak in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, invites you to consider joining our TEAM.
NOW accepting applications: Teacher of the Deaf. Current vacancies: Elementary, Secondary English/Language Arts (2), Math, Science, Social Studies, and Transition Teacher. Interested persons please visit CSDB's website at http://www.csdb.org/careers-2/classified-3/ for official job announcement. Annual employment contract currently 195 days, August to June beginning 2016-2017 school year. Salary based upon appropriate education and experience. Excellent benefits.
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Come Work With The Best!
Northeast Arc has full and part-time positions, working with adult individuals who are deaf, available in Lynn, Salem, Swampscott and Beverly, MA. You'll be working with deaf individuals using various communication skills including gestural, written and Signed English. Do you know ASL? If so, I'd like to speak with you about our direct care positions. We offer an excellent benefits package, paid trainings and the support you will need to become a successful part of our experienced, long-term team of professionals. For additional information or to send your resume, please email Kathy Tracy Ktracy@ne-arc.org.
Compensation: $12 for per diem shifts and $14 for PT/FT shifts.
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) invites you to consider joining our TEAM. NOW accepting applications: American Sign Language (ASL) – Distance Learning Instructor. Responsible to provide support to students who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing and their hearing siblings, parents, CSDB staff, and community members to develop knowledge of ASL through a distance learning/online delivery model. Please visit http://www.csdb.org/careers-2/classified-3/ for job announcement. Annual employment contract currently 195 days, August to June beginning 2016-2017 school year. Salary based upon appropriate education and experience. Excellent benefits.
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Advocates in Framingham, MA is Hiring!
Advocates is seeking talented professionals to join our team, providing health services within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.
Assistant Director of Clinical Services: Manage clinical, budgetary and business operations of residential services, provide support and supervision to employees.
• Qualifications: MA and 2 years’ supervisory experience; or BA/BS and 6 years’ experience and/or training, including 2 years’ supervisory experience.
Community Crisis Stabilization Clinician: Provide mental health and substance abuse services.
• Qualifications: MA and 2 years’ experience.
Direct Care Counselor: Supervise daily activities, provide support/guidance/role modeling. All shifts available!
• Qualifications: BA/BS; or HS diploma/GED and 1 year experience.
Mobile Clinician: Provide clinical supervision and rehabilitative direction to individuals who carry a diagnosis of mental illness, assist in the coordination of services, provide clinical leadership.
• Qualifications: MA and 1 year experience; or BA/BS and 3 years’ experience.
Outpatient Clinician: Provide comprehensive outpatient counseling/therapy to children, adults and families in need of services.
• Qualifications: MSW or MA in related field and 1 year experience in outpatient setting.
Minimum Qualifications Include:
• ASL fluency.
• Valid driver's license/reliable transportation.
• Related education (as applicable).
Visit www.advocates.org/careers to apply today!
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Rochester Institute of Technology
Instructional/Support Faculty Liberal Studies
Requisition Number 2100BR
Position Title Instructional/Support Faculty
College/Division National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Organization NTID Liberal Studies
Faculty Type (Tenure Status) Tenure-Track
Faculty Rank Assistant Professor
Employment Category Fulltime
Anticipated Start Date 10-Aug-2016
THE UNIVERSITY AND ROCHESTER COMMUNITY:
RIT is a national leader in professional and career-oriented education. Talented, ambitious, and creative students of all cultures and backgrounds from all 50 states and more than 100 countries have chosen to attend RIT. Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning. With approximately 15,000 undergraduates and 2,900 graduate students, RIT is one of the largest private universities in the nation. RIT offers a rich array of degree programs in engineering, science, business, and the arts, and is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. RIT has been honored by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” for four years. RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site. RIT is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples by our membership in the Upstate NY HERC.
Rochester, situated between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes region, is the 51st largest metro area in the United States and the third largest city New York State. The Greater Rochester region, which is home to nearly 1.1 million people, is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity, with a population comprised of approximately 18% African and Latin Americans and another 3% of international origin. It is also home to one of the largest deaf communities per capita in the U.S. Rochester ranks 4th for “Most Affordable City" by Forbes Magazine ,and MSN selected Rochester as the “#1 Most Livable Bargain Market” (for real-estate). Kiplinger named Rochester one of the top five “Best City for Families.”
Detailed Job Description
The National Technical Institute of the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor rank teaching Developmental English courses, and starting August 2016. Responsibilities will include teaching reading and writing courses in the NTID developmental English course sequence to associate degree students who enter NTID reading and writing at the basic and intermediate developmental levels.
Successful applicants are expected to contribute to the Department of Liberal Studies (DLS), the college of NTID, and RIT through teaching, curriculum development, research and service. We are seeking individuals who also have the ability and interest to contribute to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity, and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration.
Required Minimum Qualifications
•Doctoral degree in ESL/EFL, applied linguistics, psycholinguistics, developmental English education, Composition and Rhetoric or related field. Candidates who are ABD with terminal degree awarded by August 2017 are eligible to apply for this position.
•Demonstrated currency and two years of experience in teaching developmental reading and writing and/or ESL/EFL at the post-secondary level.
•Evidence of scholarship in the field of candidate’s expertise related to written English language acquisition and the development of reading and writing skills.
•Ability to communicate effectively in American Sign Language.
•Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.
Required Minimum Education Level PhD
Required Application Documents
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
List of References
List of Publications
Letters of Recommendation
How To Apply
Apply online at http://apptrkr.com/765441 , search openings, then Keyword Search:2100BR.
Please submit: your curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and upload the following attachments:
-A brief teaching philosophy
-The names, addresses and phone numbers for three references
-List of Publications
-Letters of Recommendation
Review of candidates will begin immediately until a suitable candidate is found.
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