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Assistant Professor of Linguistics (American Sign Language Linguistics and Deaf Cultures)

California State University, Long Beach

Last Updated: 2/02/23

Job Description

Assistant Professor of Linguistics (American Sign Language Linguistics and Deaf Cultures)

Job No: 519554
Work Type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Long Beach
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Position: Assistant Professor of Linguistics (American Sign Language Linguistics and Deaf Cultures Program)
Effective Date: August 17, 2023 (Fall Semester)
Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Application Deadline: Review of applications to begin December 9, 2022. Position opened until filled (or recruitment canceled).

College of Liberal Arts
Department of Linguistics

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Interpreting, Linguistics, Deaf Studies or related field, with specialization in American Sign Language (ASL) Linguistics, Deaf Studies, and/or Sign Language Interpreting, or a related discipline. Degree at time of application or official notification of completion of the doctoral degree by August 1, 2023.
  • Demonstrated potential for effective teaching
  • Demonstrated potential for research, scholarly and creative activities
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Signing skills like a Native ASL signer or native-like fluency
  • Demonstrated excellence in effective teaching of undergraduate students learning ASL and Deaf cultures
  • Demonstrated successful experience in teaching American Sign Language courses using the “Signing Naturally” curricula
  • Possession of an ASLTA certification
  • Demonstrated excellence in appropriate-level scholarly and creative activities focused on local, national, and/or global deaf sign languages and d/Deaf identities and cultures
  • Ability to collaborate with existing linguistic and ASLD faculty
  • Demonstrated collaboration with local, and/or national American and/or global d/Deaf communities
  • Experience of successfully working with populations demographically and socioeconomically similar to the CSULB student body

  • Teach ASL Linguistics and Deaf Cultures courses at various levels of the department's curriculum such as: Intermediate and Advanced Interpreting and Ethics, ASL 1-4 levels, ASL Literature, Sign Language Sociolinguistics, Critical Deaf and Disability Studies, and/or Global Deaf Cultures and Languages. [Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, online, and/or any combination thereof.]
  • Engage in appropriate departmental, college, university, and community service
  • Develop and sustain a research program and produce appropriate-level scholarly work and creative activities focused on sign languages and Deaf cultures leading to presentation and publications
  • Work within the ASLD program with existing faculty to connect with, and to build University relationships with local, national, and global d/Deaf communities
  • Mentor and lead a student organization affiliated to the ASLD program and to outreach in local D/deaf and signing communities

CSULB seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University's strong commitment to the academic success of all of our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions. CSULB seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the People of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students a rich variety of expertise, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Information on excellent benefits package available to CSULB faculty is located here:

How to Apply - Required Documentation:
  • An Equity and Diversity Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (maximum two pages, single-spaced). For further information and guidelines, please visit:
  • Letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications
  • CV
  • Names and contact information for three references (to be contacted for confidential letters of recommendation should you reach the semi-finalist stage)
  • Two samples of scholarly work on sign language linguistics, or Deaf cultures-related work, if applicable
  • Proof of ASLTA certification, if applicable
  • Finalists should be prepared to submit an official transcript (e-transcript preferred, if available)

How to Apply: Click Apply Now icon to complete the CSULB online application

Requests for information and process should be addressed to:

Dr. Rezenet Moges-Riedel, Search Committee Chair, ASLD Program

California State University, Long Beach
Department of Linguistics
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-5607

Telephone: [Register to View]
Videophone: [Register to View]

Requests for information about the position should be addressed to:

Rezenet Moges-Riedel, Assistant Professor


A background check (including a criminal records check and telephone reference check with most recent employer) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

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CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race or ethnicity (including color or ancestry), nationality, religion or religious creed, gender (or sex), gender identity (including transgender), gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), medical condition, genetic information, age, veteran or military status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Closes: Open until filled

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Long Beach, California, United States
CSULB, one of the largest universities in the CSU system, is located in Long Beach on a beautifully landscaped, 320-acre campus near the ocean and the thriving downtown area. The school’s faculty and staff are engaged in a broad array of high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs, significant research, in addition to a wide range of community and professional service organizations.