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Boston University LECTURER, Program in Deaf Studies, Wheelock College of Education and Human Development in BOSTON, Massachusetts

LECTURER, Program in Deaf Studies, Wheelock College of Education and Human Development 



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ASL version of this announcement can be found here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRXuZSfxIu8) .

The Program in Deaf Studies, situated within the Language and Literacy Department at Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, invites applications for a Lecturer, with a start date of July 1st, 2021. The candidate will be responsible for teaching a range of American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Studies courses to undergraduate and graduate students, contributing to the College’s commitment to equity, social justice, and antiracism, and to the curriculum design of our Deaf Studies and Deaf Education programs.

The Program in Deaf Studies affords students the opportunity to develop insights into, and genuine appreciation for the culture, contributions, and contemporary issues related to Deaf communities. Our Deaf Education program is built on the belief that all deaf children deserve access to a sign language like ASL as a first language, and is guided by a bilingual education philosophy. We offer an undergraduate major and minor in Deaf Studies, a Master’s degree in Deaf Education with preparation for teacher licensure, as well as Master’s and doctoral programs in Language and Literacy Education with an emphasis in ASL and Deaf Studies.

All of our courses are taught in ASL. Faculty engage in teaching, research, creative work, and partnerships with schools and Deaf communities. The Program in Deaf Studies also hosts events for students and for the broader community throughout the year. The program occupies an identified space in the Department, where all communication is in ASL. Also housed in this space is a professional filming studio and a team of outstanding interpreters who hold on-call hours 40 hours a week.


Candidates must hold a Master’s degree in Sign Language Education or a closely related field (e.g. ASL Linguistics, Deaf Studies). ASL Teachers Association (ASLTA) certification is preferred. Candidates must have native or near-native ASL proficiency, and at least three years of experience teaching at the college level. Experience teaching and engaging in work related to social justice in Deaf communities is strongly preferred.

Applicants can apply for this position by submitting the following materials electronically to


  • A video in ASL detailing your background, fit for the position, and how you envision your contributions to our team at Boston University. Please also describe how you might work toward equity and justice in this position. (Please provide a link to your video).

  • Current curriculum vitae

  • Two letters of reference

  • Unofficial graduate transcripts


Inquiries may be directed to Deaf Studies Program Director Andrew Bottoms at deafstdy@bu.edu. Application review will begin on May 15th, 2021.

Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. If you would like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please download the EEO brochure (https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf) .

If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete the employment application, please contact the Equal Opportunity office at 617-353-6474 or druckman@bu.edu.