Applicant Pool for Adjunct Faculty, ASL Interpreting Preparation Program

Owens Community College

Owens Community College

Toledo, OH, USA
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2024

Advertised Position Title:

Applicant Pool for Adjunct Faculty, ASL Interpreting Preparation Program

Job Description:

Faculty in this position will teach college-level American Sign Language (ASL) -English Interpreting skills within the established curriculum appropriately matched to the instructor’s experience and skills. Preference will be given to applicants who are members within the deaf community for classes specific to deaf culture where appropriate. The applicant must be fluent in ASL-English and up to date on best practices in the interpreting profession. Applicant must be aware of current pedagogy in the teaching of college students, and will be responsible for the preparation and teaching of classes. Should be familiar with the values of Owens Community College.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Successful teaching in this learner-centered environment requires knowledge as well as the ability to design, implement, manage, and assess courses taught in a variety of instructional modes. Each faculty member is required to demonstrate knowledge and skills in ASL-English Interpreting. In addition, applicant must be able to:

  • Use instructional and discipline-specific technology

  • Design courses that effectively meet student and curricular needs

  • Accommodate students with varying backgrounds and learning styles

  • Develop and use syllabi within College/School guidelines

  • Deliver course content successfully

  • Manage courses, ensuring students receive regular feedback and college reports are submitted in a timely fashion

  • Meet all classes or provide appropriate alternatives

  • Maintain professional relationships with students

  • Be familiar with current pedagogical strategies that enhance critical thinking in students

  • Provide external support for students and through cooperation with student services offices.

Demonstrate a Knowledge of:

  • Deafness and its effect on language development in deaf and hard of hearing individuals

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act

  • Principles and practices of supervision and training

  • Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures

  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy

  • The interpreting process

  • ASL-English analysis

  • This position requires the individual to have native or near-native fluency in American Sign Language and strong skills in the following:

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

  • Strong teaching skillset in multiple modalities (face to face, synchronous web, and asynchronous web)

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

  • Familiarity with appropriate instructional and course management software

  • Strong aptitude to function in a collaborative environment

  • This position requires the individual to have the ability to:

  • Work with a diverse group of students

  • Integrate diverse methodologies in order to facilitate student learning

  • Understand the needs of community college students

  • Manage a classroom including organizing and presenting material, designing lessons and activities that will facilitate student learning, and monitoring student behavior and performance

  • Follow instructions and meet deadlines

  • Recognize students’ strengths and weaknesses in learning

  • Evaluate student work fairly using Department guidelines

Essential Functions:


  • Develops a syllabus for the class using the assigned syllabus shell, including designing an evaluation procedure that falls within the parameters of the outline.

  • Prepares lesson plans and conducts classes during the scheduled times using the Department-approved test(s) or OER.

  • Follows Department guidelines for course content and best practices.

  • Meets classes on all scheduled dates and during the assigned semester.

  • Meets classes on time and holds classes for their fully allotted time.

  • If teaching online, respects the Owens Community College Standards for Web Instruction.

  • Uses appropriate classroom management techniques.

  • Uses appropriate means and methods of technology.


  • Creates and evaluates assignments, evaluative measures, and activities appropriate to the class.

  • Assigns grades to student work.

  • Returns the graded assignments, evaluative measures, and activities to the students in a timely manner. Maintains the general guideline of returning student work and posting grades within a week.

  • Maintains accurate and thorough records of student attendance.

  • Reports student attendance as required by the published deadline.

  • Maintains an accurate and thorough electronic gradebook.

  • At the end of the term, reports grades to the Records Office by the deadline and submits electronic copies of gradebook and attendance to the Department course management site.

  • Administers course evaluations as instructed by the College.


  • Uses the College’s course management system for assigned courses and department matters as appropriate.

  • Uses MS Office Suite and/or other required (and Owens-system-compatible and approved) programs.

  • Submits electronic copies of all required documents (including syllabi, grade books, and attendance records, and other files as required) to the Departmental course management site.

  • Accesses Owens email account at least once a day to communicate adequately with students and with the Department Chair. Maintains the general guideline of reading and replying to all required messages within 48 hours.

  • Responds to student inquiries outside of class in a timely manner.

  • Is available to meet additionally with students outside of class, if necessary.


  • Attends Department and College workshops, training sessions, and development activities as needed.

  • Attends Department and College meetings as necessary.

  • Participates in student learning assessment activities.

  • Performs other departmental duties, as assigned.


  • Exhibits the College Core Values of Service, Learning, Innovation, Collaboration, and Excellence.

  • Supports the College Mission and Vision.

  • Supports the School of Liberal Arts Mission and Vision.

  • Displays professional and collegial behavior toward all students, colleagues, supervisors, and the entire college community, at all times.

Other Characteristics:

  • This position requires the following other characteristics:

  • Embodiment of the Owens Core Values: Service, Learning, Innovation, Collaboration, and Excellence

  • Enthusiasm for teaching

  • Patience and flexibility

  • High degree of professionalism

Minimum Education/Experience:

  • Master's degree

  • Master’s degree OR a member of the deaf community with at least 1 semester of experience in deaf studies.

  • One term of teaching experience preferred, including developing lesson plans and assessments.

  • Fluency in American Sign Language

  • 10 years of ASL-English Interpreting experience AND must be RID or BEI3 certified


  • Are a member of the deaf community with experience in deaf studies.

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FLSA Status:

United States of America (Exempt)

Pay Basis:

Period Activity Pay

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Retirement System:

STRS - STRS (Retirement System Classification)