deafweekly

 

February 22, 2012
Vol. 8, No. 15

Editor: Tom Willard

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NATIONAL
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Indianapolis, IN
INDIANA BILL SPARKS DEBATE IN DEAF COMMUNITY
Many people from Indiana's deaf and hard of hearing community converged on the Statehouse Thursday. They were there to debate a bill that would take the outreach and consultation services out of the Indiana School for the Deaf and set up a new Center for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Education in the state. / WTHR

See Also BILL SAYS DEAF SCHOOL WOULDN'T RUN NEW DEAF EDUCATION CENTER / Indiana Public Media

Washington, DC
FCC 'LOCK-IN' PLAN: HURTING DEAF CONSUMERS
The FCC fears that under a per-user plan, it might be possible for each user to register with multiple VRS providers, resulting in the FCC’s paying more than the amount ($100) established for each user. To prevent such a fraudulent occurrence, the FCC proposes that each user be “locked in” to ONE VRS provider, for a certain period of time (possibly 1-2 years). I am personally opposed to such a plan, and in discussions with friends, I have found that I am not alone. / Deaf Echo

Merced, CA
ELIMINATION OF DEAF CLASS FROM MERCED SCHOOLS RILES PARENTS
Angelina Chavez doesn't feel comfortable having her soon-to-be 7-year-old in a classroom with older students. Her daughter, first-grader Adeline Orozco, is deaf. She will be in a K-5 classroom beginning next school year. Orozco is among several students who will be affected by a decision by the Merced County Office of Education to eliminate three Deaf and Hard of Hearing classes. Officials say the move was a result of declining deaf enrollment and budget challenges. / Merced Sun-Star

Providence, RI
VANDALS DAMAGE BUSES AT SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Windshields shattered, windows smashed: a devastating display of vandalism Monday at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf. "This really hinders us in terms of money being what it is. It's difficult, very difficult to deal with," said Bill Stavros, the school's assistant of buildings and grounds. Stavros said buses were vandalized Saturday while people were at the school for a basketball tournament. / Turnto10.com

Princeton, MA
AGENCY THAT TRAINS SERVICE DOGS FINALIST FOR TECH MAKEOVER
Local nonprofit organization NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans is one of five finalists throughout the nation in the running to win a $100,000 technology makeover from Toshiba's charitable giving foundation, Toshiba for Good. NEADS trains highly skilled assistance dogs for wounded veterans, other men and women, and children who have a range of disabilities. / Sentinel & Enterprise

Urbandale, IA
VISUAL SMOKE DETECTORS AVAILABLE FOR IOWA'S DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
The State Fire Marshal has received a $40,000 grant from State Farm Insurance to purchase sound/visual smoke alarms and install electric smoke alarms in the homes of hearing-impaired people in Iowa. This grant is for all deaf and hard-of-hearing in our community and not limited to those households with deaf or hard-of-hearing children. / Patch.com


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INTERNATIONAL
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Wellington, New Zealand
DEAF MP MAKES HISTORY WITH TRANSLATED SPEECH
Green MP Mojo Mathers made history in Parliament today after her maiden speech was translated live into New Zealand sign language. Thirteen other Green MPs also had their speeches translated in honour of Mathers as the first deaf person in Parliament. The move comes off the back of claims that Parliamentary Services are discriminating against the Green Party MP by refusing to pay the $30,000 needed for an in-House electronic note taker. / TVNZ

See Also ONLINE PROTEST OVER 'DEAF MP' DECISION / Voxy

London, England
DEAF SLAVE DID NOT UNDERSTAND BORDER STAFF, JURY TOLD
A deaf girl allegedly trafficked to the UK from Pakistan and imprisoned in a cellar where she was abused and raped was spoken to by UK border officials when she arrived in the country, a court heard yesterday. The girl, who cannot be named, is believed to have been aged between 10 and 12 when she arrived in the country. However, giving evidence in court using sign language and via an interpreter, the girl said she could not understand what the passport officials were saying to her. / The Independent

London, England
LIVING OUTSIDE THE HEARING WORLD
For several years cochlear implants have offered some deaf people the chance to have a "sensation of sound." So why would some deaf teenagers choose not to have the implant even if they had the option? The issue of cochlear implants and efforts to "cure" deafness is a very sensitive subject among the 19,600 deaf teenagers in the UK. Indeed, many young deaf people are proud of deaf culture. / BBC News

London, England
'WE NEED EACH OTHER'
The words are so powerful it is hard to believe an 11-year-old wrote them. Hope Rehman, a Grade 6 pupil at Robarts School for the Deaf in London, with the help of mom Kate's typing skills, has written a letter to Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek, worried her school may close. "I feel I am proud of being deaf," Hope wrote. "I don't feel ashamed or embarrassed. I feel complete. Robarts is not only my school, it is my family. I don't want it to go away." / London Free Press

Edmonton, AB, Canada
DEAF COMMUNITY PUTS HOPE IN NEW PHONE TECHNOLOGY
Getting heard isn’t easy when you’re deaf. Changing a doctor’s appointment, ordering pizza, dialing 911: all are next to impossible without hearing. But Edmonton’s deaf community hopes Canada’s telecommunications regulator will change that. Linda Cundy provides a concise summary of the debate over mandating the national adoption of a Video Relay Service -- an interpreter and webcam phone system -- after an 18-month trial for approximately 300 Alberta and British Columbia households ended last month, at a cost of over $3.2 million. / Edmonton Journal

Vancouver, BC, Canada
DEAF, HARD-OF-HEARING CALLERS WILL BE ABLE TO TEXT MESSAGE 911
When James Henderson called 911 he was desperate to get help for his wife Nancy, who was choking. But Henderson is deaf and when he wasn’t able to communicate the details of the emergency on the call, it took more than 40 minutes for help to arrive. The incident had a happy ending when the pill that had blocked Nancy’s throat dislodged and she was able to recover on her own. But it underscored the difficulties that people who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment face when they are trying to reach 911. / The Vancouver Sun

Ranchi, India
COPS 'KILL' DEAF-MUTE IN RAID
Latehar police on Tuesday exhumed a body 14 days after it was buried in the forest of Nagarnao in Burwadih. The body of Lukas Minj was exhumed after the brother of the deceased lodged an FIR against "unidentified people" accusing them of killing the "hearing and speech impaired" and burying him. The FIR was lodged by William Minj with Burwadih police alleging that his 31-year-old brother was killed on January 31 while grazing cattle. / Times of India

Kampala, Uganda
DEAF AND DUMB GIRL ABANDONED IN HOSPITAL
Blessing Namara, aged 13 is both deaf and dumb and gives a sweet smile that shows very white teeth when you approach her hospital bed. Unfortunately, behind her charming smile hides the misery of a teenage girl who was abandoned at the reception desk of CoRSU hospital, Kisubi on January 15 this year. An unidentified woman said she was only helping the orphaned girl when she brought her to the hospital. Sadly before the administration concluded how she could be helped, the woman vanished leaving her behind. / New Vision

Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
SURFING THE SILENT WAVES
As a young documentary filmmaker, Ayako Imamura had been wrestling with feelings of emptiness. Deaf since birth, the 32-year-old Nagoya native has shot about 30 short films documenting the lives of deaf people in Japan since 2000. But at one point in her career, she realized that her creative energy had come from her anger at -- and the frustration with -- the lack of social support for the deaf. And while she aspired to be a bridge between the deaf and hearing communities, she felt that she herself had put up a barrier between her and those who didn't use sign language. Then she met Tatsuro Ota. / The Japan Times

Manila, Philippines
DEAF CHILD WANTS TO REMAIN IN REGULAR SCHOOL
Question: I have a deaf child who is transferring from a regular school to a special school. I’m worried about her adjustment since she is used to interacting with hearing people, although she knows how to sign. She doesn’t like the idea and she wants to stay in her current school. I just wanted her to interact with other deaf children her age. Am I making a right decision? -- Worried Mom / Manila Bulletin

Adelaide, Australia
JOIN IN DEAF KARAOKE
Karaoke singers are sometimes criticised for being tone deaf, but at this year’s Fringe a group of singers is being applauded. Charity Deaf: Can Do is hosting a one-off night of “Deaf Karaoke”, with proceeds from the event to go towards providing speech pathologists, occupational therapy and technology to help people with hearing problems. / Guardian Messenger


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LIFE & LEISURE
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Wilmington, DE
IN SCHOOL FOR DEAF'S GARDEN, LESSONS ARE TAKING ROOT
When the Delaware School for the Deaf put in a vegetable garden last November, the middle and high school students were responsible for building the raised beds and filling them with soil. It can be tough to get kids this age excited about anything, let alone physical labor, but University of Delaware Master Garden Mary Ellen Hillegas says that the students plunged right in. By getting "tweens" and teens enthusiastic, it sounds like the DSD garden already is a success, even though it hasn't yet harvested a single radish or spinach leaf. / The News Journal

Demopolis, AL
CHURCH HOLDING HEARING-IMPAIRED SERVICES
Steven Glass lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Glass, 44, was born deaf, an impairment that saw him attend school in Talladega before going on to Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and ultimately complete his education at RIT, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, N.Y. But Glass visited his family in Dixon’s Mills recently and inadvertently brought to the attention of some that church services in this part of the country are rarely deaf friendly. / The Demopolis Times

Talladega, AL
ASD STUDENTS GET FIRST SIGNING DOLL FROM LIONS CLUB
\Alabama School for the Deaf students met a new friend Monday. The school’s first signing doll was presented in the school’s auditorium. The doll comes in the form of a rabbit for both boys and girls to play with, and is equipped with a hearing aid and an “I Love Signing” shirt. “The Lady Warrior,” as she is being called, will live in the library so that every student has access to her. / The Daily Home


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WORKING WORLD
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Southfield, MI
BIG TENT JOBS AIMS TO PLACE DISABLED IN THE WORKFORCE
With the unemployment rate among the disabled being double that of the overall population, there is an apparent pool of untapped talent among the disabled. And, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, nearly one-third of workers with a disability were employed part-time compared with one-fifth of those without a disability. With this in mind, Adam Kaplan, founded Big Tent Jobs in Southfield last March. His company focuses on placing college-educated people with disabilities and marketable skills in positions at leading companies in Southeast Michigan. / The Oakland Press

Burlington, VT
DEAF MEDICAL STUDENT A STANDOUT AT UVM
Liz Abernathey took a short walk from her chair to a stage and back Friday, but those few steps celebrated a much longer journey. "I'm excited!" she beamed. In a ceremony inside the University of Vermont's chapel, Abernathey and her fellow first-year students from UVM's College of Medicine got the white coats they'll wear when they shadow physicians on their rounds at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Vermont's largest hospital is affiliated with UVM. Abernathey is Deaf. / NECN

Mansfield, OH
REHAB CENTER OFFERS HEARING HELP
James Lehr works in Mansfield, lives in Cardington and has children -- and grandchildren -- scattered around the Midwest. He enjoys playing sports and socializing with friends and family. Lehr, 50, communicates with his voice and his hands. He spends part of each day in different worlds: the hearing and the deaf. "My preference is the deaf world because I can communicate easier," he said through a translator using sign language. "But I work in the hearing world and, in many ways, live in the hearing world." / Mansfield News Journal


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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New York, NY
A DEAF ACTOR FINDS A RICH ROLE OFF-BROADWAY
The role of Billy in the new off-Broadway play “Tribes” presents a rich vein for an actor: a deaf adult child confronts hearing parents who have shunned sign language and most of deaf culture, insisting instead that their son rely on lip-reading and at times fragmented speech. Russell Harvard plays the part in the bitterly comic British family drama by playwright Nina Raine starting previews this week at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York. Harvard, a 30-year-old Texas native who is deaf, grew up with sign language and uses it in the play. / The Wall Street Journal

See Also DAVID CROMER'S 'TRIBES': A DIRECTOR REVEALS HIS MOTIVATION / The Wall Street Journal

Boston, MA
"CAN SIRI AND APPLE TV GIVE ME CAPTIONING?" A DEAF FATHER ASKS HIS HEARING SON
“This episode resonated within the growing deaf culture I have been connected to, and emanated into a larger circle, because of the technological limitations of TV and Video. Captioning hasn’t really improved in the 30+ years my father has been exposed to it, and in fact, it isn’t even readily available on everything yet! Growing up with a deaf father really has never been an ‘issue’ for me, and in fact, I never really ‘understood’ what it meant until recently. / The Good Men Project

Chicago, IL
GO AWAY WITH ... KAMBRI CREWS
When bill collectors called the Crews house, they talked to Kambri, the hearing child of deaf parents. Today, Kambri Crews, a 40-year-old author, having watched her charismatic father beat her mother, tells her compelling life story filled with love, hope and fear, in her thoughtful and sly memoir "Burn Down the Ground" (Villard, $25). / Chicago Tribune

Los Angeles, CA
OSCARS: MARLEE MATLIN ON HER BEST ACTRESS WIN
Marlee Matlin won the 1987 Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the beautiful but embittered deaf girl in Children of a Lesser God. Matlin lost her hearing when she was only 18 months old, but she grew up acting on the stage, where she was discovered by the film’s producers when she was still 19 years old. Children of a Lesser God was her first movie role. / EW.com

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SPORTS
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Louisville, KY
ORGANIZATION SPEAKS ABOUT UK, DEAF FAN SETTLING LAWSUIT
Charles Mitchell won't be able to hear the crowd noise or announcements when he goes to a University of Kentucky football game this fall, but he will be able to track announcements and read the words to "My Old Kentucky Home." Mitchell, a deaf football season ticket holder from Lancaster, and the university have settled a lawsuit over closed-captioning at Commonwealth Stadium. / LEX18

White Plains, NY
NYSD PLAYERS IN HARMONY ON THE COURT
When Matt Eby gives his players instructions in his team huddle, everyone in the gym knows what he’s telling them. When he wants to get his players’ attention during a game, he has to wait until they are on his side of the court. For most basketball coaches, limitations such as these would be frustrating. So how does Eby, who coaches the New York School for the Deaf boys basketball team and is deaf as well, deal with these limitations? It’s not as difficult as one might think. / LoHud.com

Renton, WA
DEAF SWIM COACH TEACHING LESSONS BEYOND THE POOL
With a crook of his finger, Michael Dobner summons Brenton Ho to the side of the pool. Ho swims over to the Kentridge High School coach, who kneels to share some good news he has written on a white eraser board: Ho qualified for the district meet. Wearing baggy shorts, sandals and a white visor, Dobner is a master communicator. He has to be. He is a deaf man, and must rely on a blend of scribbles, signing, lip reading, facial expressions and spoken words. / Seattle Times


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COMING EVENTS
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Helsinki, Finland
SOCIETY OF WORLD DEAF MAGICIANS TO MEET
Sponsored by the Organizing Committee of the Finnish Association of the Deaf and the Society of World Deaf Magicians, the 14th World Deaf Magicians Festival will take place in Helsinki, Finland on April 22-29, 2012. For more information, please see the website: http://www.kl-deaf.fi/world-deaf-magicians-festival

West Trenton, NJ
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF HOLDS KICKOFF DINNER
The Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf in Trenton, which takes students from all over New Jersey, including a number from Morris County, will hold a kickoff dinner for its fundraising campaign at on Monday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. Among the state dignitaries who will be at the kickoff will be Merrill Osmond, solo artist and lead singer of the Osmonds, and his son Justin. / Patch.com

Cranford, NJ
BLACK DEAF FORUM AT UNION COUNTY COLLEGE
On Feb. 25, the Union County College S.I.G.N. Club invites the public to attend their annual Black Deaf Forum. Presenting will be Claudia Gordon, the first Deaf African-American lawyer from Washington, D.C. All members of the public, including interpreters and deaf members of the community, are invited to attend this free event. It will be held from 1-3 p.m. in the Roy Smith Theater on the Cranford campus. A reception will follow. / NJ.com


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EMPLOYMENT
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You can advertise your job openings here for just $20 a week (up to 100 words, 10 cents each add'l word). To place your ad, send the announcement to mail@deafweekly.com.

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Mental Health Program Consultant (Mental Health Specialist)
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division
Minnesota Department of Human Services

Two positions available:
St. Cloud, MN
Mankato, MN

$ 46,312-$ 68,257 annually / Full benefits

Job Description:
This position provides culturally affirmative mental health services to D/HH adults coping with mental health issues. The main responsibility of the Mental Health Specialist is to provide psychotherapy/ counseling services and the remaining of time will include clinical case management/coordination, consultation, training, aftercare planning, and community placement assistance for D/HH adults.

Minimum Qualifications:
Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL)
At least 2 years advanced profession experience, OR 1 year advanced professional experience plus 2 years professional experience providing direct mental health services to D/HH individuals.
Master's Degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work or behavioral-health related field
Licensed or license-eligible for LPC, LPCC, LP, LICSW or LMFT in the state of Minnesota

Contact: Dr. John Gournaris
e-mail: john.gournaris@state.mn.us

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JOB OPENING

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is seeking applicants for Information Coordinator for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  The position is located in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Minimum Qualifications:
-- Bachelor Degree
-- Two years of administrative experience providing services to the deaf and hard of hearing 
-- Good organizational skills with the ability to multitask

Preferred Requirements: 
-- Ability to communicate efficiently using American Sign Language
  
Duties include collecting and reviewing information pertaining to deafness and coordinating dissemination of information. Identifying services available to consumers and develop a system to maintain current information useful to state agencies, parents, and consumers on a statewide basis. Maintain database information keeping it accurate and current as well as tracking requests handled. Maintain information on the web as it pertains to the directory. Biannually publish a statewide directory of services to the deaf and hard of hearing for consumers and their families. Maintain agency library to provide deaf related materials to constituents. Oversee data entry and duties pertaining to the KCDHH Library. Represents the agency on boards, committees, and attends meeting directed by the Executive Director; other duties as assigned.

Please direct any questions to Rachel Morgan at 632 Versailles Road, Frankfort, KY 40601, 502-573-2604 V/T, Rachel.Morgan@ky.gov.

For more information please visit: http://www.kcdhh.org/bulletin/jobopportunities.html

Deadline for Application: Open until filled

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in employment.

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JOB OPENING

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is seeking applicants for Interpreter I.  The position is located in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Minimum Qualifications:
-- Temporary/Permanent license as an interpreter issued by the Kentucky Board of Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
-- High School Diploma 
-- Good organizational skills with the ability to multitask

Duties for this position include providing interpreting/transliterating services for deaf and hard of hearing staff for meetings, conferences, workshops, interviews, telephone calls, etc., including one to one and group settings. Prepare written translations of speeches, legal materials, and other instructional and educational materials. Participate in special workshops and in-service training activities to further professional development. Assist the Telecommunication Access Program in processing applications, working with consumers and understanding of the equipment being provided. Assist in maintaining financial documentation/filing and other daily office tasks.
Assist the Access Center with projects, research and assignments as determined by the Executive Director. Conducts research and provides assistance on special projects as assigned by the Executive Director; other duties as assigned.

Please direct any questions to Rachel Morgan at 632 Versailles Road, Frankfort, KY 40601, 502-573-2604 V/T, Rachel.Morgan@ky.gov.

For more information please visit: http://www.kcdhh.org/bulletin/jobopportunities.html

Deadline for Application: Open until filled

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in employment.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Looking for an enticing job that challenges your character and skills? Look no further! Working with children in an apprenticeship role will instill you with new skills that can be used in fields such as: psychology, education, business and government.

You will learn the magical art of healthy working relationships in the classroom, conjuring boundaries with children and learn the valuable trade of managing children’s behaviors.

You will be provided with resources and support from the behavior specialist on a weekly basis. Have strong “people’s person skills? You will find this job to be a good fit, and for those who strive to be a “people’s person” the behavior specialist s will teach you valuable skills to help you be successful in the workplace environment.

TSS candidates must possess a bachelors degree in Psychology, Social Work, Human Services or related field and one year previous work experience with children or at minimum 60 college credits and three years work experience with children.

TSS Aide candidates must possess a high school diploma and two years of verified volunteer or paid work experience with children.

All applicants must be proficient in American Sign Language (ASL).

Case assignments are generally in a school setting, however some clients require services in the home. Work hours vary from ten to thirty hours per week based on approved client hours and staff flexibility to accept more than one assignment. Work is available in Philadelphia and Bucks County.

For immediate consideration please email your resume to mstoll@warwickfamilyservices.com or via fax to 267-525-7014.

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FACULTY POSITION OPENING

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE

Northridge, California 91330

Department: Deaf Studies

Effective Date of Appointment: August 2012
(Subject to Budgetary Approval)

Rank: Assistant/Associate Professor (Two Tenure-Track Positions)

Salary: Dependent on Qualifications

Qualifications: Earned doctorate in Deaf Studies, Linguistics, American Sign Language (ASL), or closely related field of study. ABD candidates will be considered, but doctorate must be completed by the time of appointment (August 2012). General knowledge of linguistic principles of ASL and an understanding of sign language interpreting processes with ASL as the foundation. Possess strong and effective teaching methods in various aspects of ASL and/or related courses in Deaf Studies. Extensive knowledge of Deaf Culture and the Deaf community. Evidence of successful teaching experience at the college level. Demonstrated evidence of recent scholarly publications or equivalencies and activities or evidence of potential for such scholarly accomplishments. Ability to interact effectively with both Deaf and hearing people. Evidence of positive relationships and collegiality with university students, staff, and colleagues. Evidence of participation in ASL/Deaf Studies and Deaf community organizations on local, state, and national levels. Commitment to the Deaf bilingual/bicultural experience and its foundation in basic human rights. Native/native-like fluency in ASL. Basic understanding of curriculum development. Demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring a diverse student population.

CSUN is a Learning Centered University. The successful candidate will be expected to join faculty and staff in a commitment to active learning, to the assessment of learning outcomes, and to multiple pathways that enable students to graduate.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.

Responsibilities: Teach American Sign Language and Deaf Studies content courses. The standard teaching load is twelve (12) units per semester (plus committee assignments). A reduced load will be assigned during the first year of teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department (including curriculum and program development); engage in scholarship and community service and to remain current in their field; serve on departmental, college, and/or university committees, and to participate in other service as needed.

Application Process: Applicants should submit: (1) a letter of application that includes statements of teaching and research interests, (2) a current curriculum vitae that includes educational background, prior teaching experience, and evidence of scholarship and/or related professional experience, (3) evidence of teaching effectiveness/potential (including sample syllabi and summaries of student evaluations, if available), (4) photocopies of all earned degrees and certificates, and (5) the names and contact information of at least three professional references.

Application Deadline:
Screening to begin on February 24, 2012. Position to remain open until filled.

Inquiries and nominations should be addressed to:

Flavia S. Fleischer, Chair
Department of Deaf Studies
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, California 91330-8265

General Information:
California State University, Northridge, one of the largest of the 23 campuses of The California State University system, is located twenty-five miles northwest of central Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley, a suburb with a multi-ethnic population of over one million people. The University enrolls approximately 35,000 students (27,000 FTEs) from diverse ethnic backgrounds, served by 4,000 faculty. Nine Colleges offer baccalaureate degrees in 70 degree programs, master’s degrees in 58 graduate degree programs, 1 doctorate graduate program and 55 teaching credentials in the field of education, and various opportunities in extended learning and other special programs. For more information about the University, check our website: http://www.csun.edu/.

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Northridge has made crime-reporting statistics available on-line at http://www-admn.csun.edu/police/clery-report-2009.pdf. Print copies are available in the library and by request from the Office of Public Safety and the Office of Faculty Affairs.

Applicants who wish to request accommodations for a disability may contact the Office of Equity and Diversity, (818) 677-2077.

The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual identity, sexual orientation, sexual expression, gender, marital status, age, disability, genetic information, disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran status.

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