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December 5, 2012
Vol. 9, No. 7

Editor: Tom Willard

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Houston, TX
HOUSING AUTHORITY TO PAY FEE FOR DEAF RESIDENT
The Houston Housing Authority has agreed to pay rental assistance and to change its policy in a settlement of a complaint by a deaf resident who said the agency refused to provide a sign language interpreter at her eligibility hearing. The authority paid $4,251 in rental payments for the time when the woman's assistance was denied, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The agreement also requires the housing authority to offer sign language interpreters for tenants who are deaf or hard of hearing. / Houston Chronicle

Beachwood, OH
DEAF/HARD OF HEARING PROGRAM'S END NOT IMMINENT
Beachwood City Schools halted immediate plans to end their administration of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Consortium Program at Monday's meeting. "In the absence of an immediate, viable replacement for the Beachwood D/HH Consortium Program, we suspend our earlier plans to recommend the termination of Beachwood's role as manager and fiscal agent" of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consortium Program at the end of the 2013-2014 school year, Superintendent Rich Markwardt recommended to the Board. / Patch.com

Watertown, NY
WATERTOWN GIRL GETS CLASS TO HELP SUPERSTORM SANDY VICTIMS
She may be young, but 8 year old Arianna Stottlemire still wanted to lend a hand following Superstorm Sandy. "I felt really sad for the people," she said. There were people like Arianna, deaf students, who could use some kindness. With the help of an interpreter, Arianna explained how she reached out to Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf on Long Island. "We sent candy, bags of candy. I sent a dollar and I drew a picture on the paper for them," said Arianna. Teacher for the deaf Louise Scanlon said Arianna is just one of more than a dozen deaf students from Jefferson-Lewis BOCES who sent care packages to the school. / WWNY TV 7

Jacksonville, FL
HOPE FUND: DEAF, MUTE JACKSONVILLE MAN STRUGGLES TO BE HEARD
For Chris Stockman, a deaf and mute Jacksonville man, many of his days began and ended with anger and frustration. His was a world of silence and loneliness. Stockman uses sign language but is unable to find a job and lives in a sparse apartment with very little financial support. / Jacksonville.com

Staunton, VA
DEAF AND BLIND STUDENTS RUN NEWS SHOW
Faithlyn Robinson, a photography teacher, teaches students at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in a unique. “That's very valuable, especially for deaf students to develop their self-esteem. Remember the phrase, 'Deaf can solve anything.' They can do anything except hear,” said Robinson. Deaf students, like Hannah Mills, learned how to run their own news show and to build confidence. / WHSV

Palm Coast, FL
MATANZAS STUDENTS ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO SIGN
Frankie Short and her teacher Michelle Czarnecki turned a recent trip to a local grocery store into a social experiment. The two shopped without using their voices because they wanted to experience the errand as if they were deaf. While picking up doughnuts in the bakery department, a couple asked Frankie if she'd tried the treats before. The 17-year-old didn't respond, and the couple called her "rude." "I felt bad for deaf people because they don't even know if people are talking about them behind their back and people probably do it all the time," she said. / The Daytona Beach News-Journal


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Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
TWITTER BULLIES PUSH DEAF POLITICIAN TO RESIGN
Julia Probst, 31, was elected to the Baden-Württemberg state parliament for the Pirate Party last year, after gaining the public's attention by blogging what she lip-read footballers and trainers saying to each other during the 2010 World Cup. Her microblogging feed, under the handle @EinAugenschmaus, was so popular that she was named one of the most important people on Twitter by US broadcaster ABC in 2011. But like many people who are deaf, her voice is different from a person with full hearing capacity -- and for some viewers, this warranted ridicule. / The Local

London, England
EASTENDERS' RITA SIMONS OPENS UP ON HER DECISION FOR DEAF DAUGHTER MAIYA TO HAVE AN EAR IMPLANT
Soap star Rita Simons was horrifed when she was accused of child abuse for deciding her deaf daughter should undergo an operation to enable her to hear. The EastEnders actress, 35, and her husband Theo Silveston have decided their six-year-old Maiya will have a cochlear implant fitted, to give her hearing in both ears. However, their decision has been met with a negative reaction by some people, including one young woman who accused her of abuse. / Daily Mail

London, England
DEAF THEATRE: 'WE REALIZED WE CAN BE POLITICAL WITHOUT A CAPITAL P'
It's lunchtime at Heathlands, a school for deaf children and young people in St Albans – rows of primary pupils are staring, wide-eyed, at a witch with a great bulbous nose, a dress made of rags, and a love of tall tales. This is Baba Yaga: the pint-sized puppet star of the latest show by Krazy Kat Theatre Company – one of a small but determined number of theatre groups making work for and by deaf and hearing-impaired audiences and performers. / The Guardian

London, England
COMMUNICATION BARRIERS IN SEX EDUCATION PUT DEAF PEOPLE AT RISK
There is a telling moment in a documentary called Snapshot: Dicing with Sex when a group of young deaf people are shown cards with different words on them. They all instantly recognise the words Facebook, Wii and YouTube, but the words syphilis, genital warts and hepatitis ABC are met with blank expressions. Broadcast in sign language on digital TV in 2010, the documentary revealed a remarkably uninformed attitude to sex, with several young deaf people saying they preferred not to use condoms, despite experiencing sexually transmitted infection or pregnancy. / The Guardian

Gloucestershire, England
VIDEO DELIVERS NEWS FOR GLOUCESTERSHIRE'S DEAF PEOPLE
For many deaf and hard-of-hearing people, it can be difficult to find out what is going on in the county because of communication barriers. But now a weekly video is being created by the team at Gloucestershire Deaf Association to help overcome this isolation. In it, they give out news and events from the county in British Sign Language. Project co-ordinator Reg Cobb is the man in front of the camera. / This is Gloucestershire

Rotherham, England
DEAF TEENAGER INJURED IN HIT-AND-RUN
A teenage girl was taken to hospital after being hit by a van as she waited to cross the road. The 17-year-old, who is deaf, was with a friend at the junction of Netherfield Lane and Albert Road, Rawmarsh. She was knocked to the ground by a white Transit-style van, which failed to stop at the scene last Tuesday. Police said the girl suffered ankle and shoulder injuries and has been left badly shaken by the incident. / Rotherham Advertiser

Victoria, Australia
TENDER FOR AUSLAN LANGUAGE IS HOPEFUL SIGN FOR DEAF-BLIND
Heather Lawson sits with her hands outstretched as Dennis Witcombe, an interpreter, brushes his hands beneath her palms, communicating via an adapted version of sign language. Lawson is both deaf and blind, but has no shortage of things to say; and this form of signing -- called tactile -- is the way she communicates. Unfortunately for Lawson, 54, and more than 110 other deaf-blind Victorians, much of their lives is spent without a voice. More often that not, that voice is Witcombe's, the only person in the state who interprets for the deaf-blind full time. / The Age

Auckland, New Zealand
TUTU SALE TO RAISE CASH FOR HANNAH SIMPSON
With a little help from some rainbow tutus, an Auckland toddler will receive the gift of hearing this Christmas. Hannah Simpson was born profoundly deaf and required two cochlear implants to allow her to hear, but Government funding only extended to one ear. Family and friends pitched in and raised just over half of the $47,000 needed for the second implant, including a friend who sold hundreds of multi-coloured tutus for the cause. Hannah, aged 6 months, underwent surgery for both ears last week and is now recovering. / Stuff.co.nz

Guwahati, Assam, India
SCHOOL FOR DEAF & DUMB TO BE UPGRADED
Coinciding with World Disability Day, social welfare minister Akon Bora on Monday announced that one of the oldest schools in the city for deaf and dumb, the Government BDS Deaf and Dumb school situated at Kahilipara, will be upgraded to higher secondary level. "We are also planning to upgrade the school by implementing modern and improvised teaching techniques," the minister said. / Times of India

West Bengal, India
NHRC NOTICE TO RAILWAY FOR ARRESTING DEAF, MUTE MAN
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday issued a notice to the chairman of Railway Board seeking a report on the arrest of a speech-impaired and dementia-affected man and his subsequent jail for allegedly travelling in ladies compartment of a local train in West Bengal. The 38-year-old, Biswanath Dutta, who is suffering from mild dementia and impaired speech, was arrested by the Railway Police Force on the November 2 for traveling on Ranaghat-Sealdah ladies’ special in violation of rules. / Deccan Herald

Armenia
TWO SPECIAL WEBSITES LAUNCHED FOR PEOPLE WITH HEARING DISABILITIES
Two websites specially designed in Armenian Sign Language were launched Dec. 3 for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons, by the efforts of Yerevan Special Educational Complex for Children with Hearing Impairments, and the French Armenian Development Foundation, and with support from Orange Armenia Foundation. For people who have hearing problems since small age, it is often difficult or even impossible to learn reading texts based on phonetic alphabet, so the existence of content with sign language makes it more accessible. / Panorama

Malta
'WE CAN DO EVERYTHING BUT HEAR'
Dorianne and Keith Callus are sitting at their kitchen table when they turn around in a synchronised, sudden move – their son Jamie just tripped on a toy. The deaf couple do not hear their son’s thump but feel the vibration of his fall and run to his assistance. The two-year-old is soon playing and singing loudly and his mother tells him not to shout as his facial expressions reveal he has upped his volume. / Times of Malta


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San Francisco, CA
GLOBAL DEAF MUSLIM CAMPAIGNS FOR A QURAN IN SIGN LANGUAGE
Tonight I attended a fundraising dinner hosted by Global Deaf Muslim which was part of their campaign to translate the Quran into American Sign Language. The event was held at the Muslim Community Association in the South bay and featured GDM President, Nashiru Abdulai, and keynote speaker, Wisam Sharieff. Global Deaf Muslim is the only organization in the US that focuses on providing deaf Muslims with access to Islamic knowledge. / Examiner.com

Anniston, AL
GROUP OFFERS TRAINED DOGS TO HELP DEAF, AUTISTIC
Dogs for the Deaf, an Oregon nonprofit organization that rescues dogs from animal shelters and trains them to help adults and children with different disabilities, challenges and needs, now has a volunteer “ambassador” in Anniston. Chris Hill is working with the group that provides the trained dogs for a $50 application fee. / The Gadsden Times

Oakland, CA
CONCERT TO BENEFIT FLEDGLING NEWARK ORGANIZATION HELPING DEAF ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
About five years ago, Nancy Eddy, Vanessa Brown and other East Bay parents of deaf adults with developmental disabilities banded together to address a problem that alarmed them. Many of their grown children had become anti-social and stopped leaving home after graduating from school. So their parents started small and kept it simple; they planned parties and day trips to brighten their children's lives and get them in the habit of socializing. The gatherings helped, but the parents soon recognized they were just scratching the surface, and other problems needed to be addressed. / The Oakland Tribune

North Canton, OH
DEAF, HARD-OF-HEARING KIDS MEET SANTA
Santa used sign language to speak to more than two dozen deaf and hard-of-hearing children, their families and friends Saturday at Hoover High School. Deaf Santa and the gifts he handed out may have been the main attraction for the kids at the annual Deaf Youth Christmas Party, but they appeared to enjoy the 17 game and crafts tables, face-painting and every kid’s favorite party fare — pizza, pop and cookies. About 30 ASL club members from Hoover High School were on hand for the event. / Canton Repository

Bowling Green, KY
DEAF CHILDREN SIGN THEIR WISH LISTS TO SANTA
Pop music and holiday standards thumped through the speakers at the Skate Box on Saturday morning as Christmas-clad WKU American Sign Language students and members of the Bowling Green area’s deaf community rolled around the rink. The WKU American Sign Language Organization and friends held the fourth annual “Signing Santa.” The event was both a celebration and an opportunity for deaf and hard-of-hearing children to be themselves by socializing and signing their Christmas lists to Santa Claus. / WKU Herald

Salt Lake City, UT
PHOTOS: SIGNING SANTA DELIGHTS KIDS FROM SCHOOL FOR DEAF
Students of a school for the deaf Thursday visited with a Signing Santa at City Creek Center. Ninety students from the Jean Massieu School of the Deaf enjoyed an exclusive visit with Signing Santa Claus to share their Christmas wishes. / Deseret News


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New York, NY
'DEAF CULTURE' TAUGHT AT AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL -- PRINCIPAL OF THE WEEK
Watfa Shama is surrounded by American Sign Language speakers nearly every day. For the past five years, she has been the principal of P.S. 47, the American Sign Language and English Secondary School in Gramercy where a substantial portion of the students are either hearing impaired or have hearing-impaired family members. Although she is still struggling to master the language herself, she has become dedicated to making “deaf culture” a unifying element of the school, ensuring that all students are treated equally and are taught to understand what makes that particular culture unique. / DNAinfo.com

New York, NY
PUSHING SCIENCE'S LIMITS IN SIGN LANGUAGE LEXICON
Imagine trying to learn biology without ever using the word “organism.” Or studying to become a botanist when the only way of referring to photosynthesis is to spell the word out, letter by painstaking letter. For deaf students, this game of scientific Password has long been the daily classroom and laboratory experience. Words like “organism” and “photosynthesis” have no single widely accepted equivalent in sign language. This means that deaf students and their teachers and interpreters must improvise, making it that much harder for the students to excel in science and pursue careers in it. / The New York Times

Carbondale, PA
THOUGH DEAF, SHE WON'T LET BARBERING DREAM DIE
Justine Liss, 20, has a dream of one day opening her own barber shop, and she's not going to let the fact that she's deaf stop her from achieving that goal. "I've always been interested in cutting hair, so it became my dream to be a barber," she offered. "In fact, I moved to Pennsylvania because I thought I might find an opportunity here to learn the trade." Justine said she applied for barber school in her home state of New York but was turned down because of her disability. "They told me that deaf people can't pass the test," she recounted. / The Carbondale News

Dothan, AL
AIDB HELPS DEAF, BLIND SUCCEED ON A DAILY BASIS
Jerry Henderson was an A-B student at the Alabama School for the Deaf when he started losing his sight. He was diagnosed with Usher syndrome, an inherited condition that causes hearing loss and a degenerative eye disorder called retinitis pigmentosa. The syndrome is responsible for the majority of deaf-blindness cases. Jerry’s field of vision began narrowing when he was 12. “I complained a little bit and I was restless and I couldn’t see,” he said through an interpreter. / Dothan Eagle

Talladega, AL
ALABAMA SCHOOL FOR DEAF, BLIND SELECTS NEW PRESIDENT
A vice president of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind is being promoted to serve as president of the state-run school based in Talladega. Trustees have selected John Mascia to succeed President Terry Graham, who is retiring. Mascia will take over on Jan. 1. Mascia is currently vice president of adult programs at the school, a job he's held since 2009. / The Montgomery Advertiser

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ARE DEAF PEOPLE REALLY JUST LAZY?
I have had some deaf people telling me that it wasn't true that deaf people couldn't find a job. They said if they could get a job, then other deaf people could do it, too. I find this assumption ridiculous. It's not a fair comparison. Whether you can get a job or not depends on where you live, the number of years of experience, or the people you know who can help you get your foot in the door. Getting a job isn't just as easy as it seems. / Deaf People Can't Get Jobs


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New York, NY
FAMILY DRAMA 'TRIBES' RECOUPS INITIAL OFF-BROADWAY INVESTMENT
Nina Raine’s off-Broadway hit Tribes has recouped its initial investment, just over one month before it is set to close. Directed by David Cromer and starring Russell Harvard and Susannah Flood, Tribes will play its final performance January 6, 2013 at the Barrow Street Theatre. Tribes tells the story of Billy (Harvard), a deaf young man who is struggling to be understood in his opinionated hearing family. When he meets Sylvia (Flood), a young woman who is going deaf, he finally understands what it’s like to be heard. / Broadway.com

Burbank, CA
ACTOR TO DEAF BURBANK STUDENTS: 'IF SOMEONE SAYS NO, MOVE ON TO THE NEXT YES'
Bob Hiltermann was four years old when he lost his hearing to spinal meningitis, but another six years would pass before anyone around him would discover he was deaf. He was 10 when a teacher debunked his family’s assumption that he was “slow,” he told an audience at Burbank High School Wednesday night. For years, his family doubted he could ever be successful, but Hiltermann defied their beliefs and this week encouraged deaf students to aim high. / Burbank Leader

Los Angeles, CA
FOX WILL BRING ICE AGE TO DEAF CHILDREN THURSDAY DECEMBER 6 AT BEVERLY CENTER
Ice Age: Continental Drift, voiced by many well-known talents such as Ray Romano and Queen Latifah, will also feature a Sign Along choice for fans of American Sign Language. ABC Family's Switched At Birth's star, Sean Berdy, and actress Amber Zion are featured in the Signing Picture in Picture option which showcases the content in ASL, GLAD’s Director of Public Relations, Rachel Braver, said. For the first time in history, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will be showing ASL on Blu-ray 3D using Berdy and Zion as sign language translators on screen at the Beverly Center. / Examiner.com


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St. Augustine, FL
FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR DEAF & BLIND FOOTBALL TEAM HAS INCREDIBLE SEASON
A freshman year flashback could probably make many of us cringe, but for the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind football team, a four-year flashback is hell. "It's been a long drought," said Athletics Director Sue Hill. "We've had long, hard seasons -- real hard." The team has only managed a couple wins in the last four seasons. The losses started taking a toll on the 100 year old football program. But something changed in four years. / FirstCoastNews.com

Faribault, MN
FARIBAULT'S MINNESOTA STATE ACADEMY FOR THE DEAF VOLLEYBALL, FOOTBALL NAMED NATIONAL CHAMPS
The accolades just keep coming for the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf volleyball team. Thanks to a 23-3 season and their 11th straight Great Plains Schools for the Deaf championship, the Trojans have been named NDIAA’s Division II National Champions for the sixth straight season. The MSAD football team was also named NDIAA 8-Man National Champions to go along with their DeafDigest co-championship announced recently. / Faribault Daily News

Fremont, CA
DEAF TEAM A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH IN CALIF. HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
I’ve had the privilege of watching California School for the Deaf’s football team compete on several occasions. They’re from Fremont, Calif., and have been a staple on public high school practice schedules for many years. Usually that meant an easy win for the public school. But not anymore. / Off the Bench

Lyman, ME
RED SOX PLAYERS PAY VISIT TO DEAF, HEARING-IMPAIRED CHILDREN IN LYMAN
The Boston Red Sox season doesn’t start until April 1, but three players began a road trip at the Briarwood Children’s House in Lyman on Tuesday morning. Pitchers Mark Melancon and Chris Carpenter and outfielder Ryan Kalish made an appearance at the facility as part of the Red Sox “Holiday Road Trip.” The three players and Red Sox mascot, Wally the Green Monster, stopped by to visit with children in the “Hear ME Now” program at Briarwood and other preschools throughout the state. The program helps deaf and hearing-impaired children. / Bangor Daily News


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Summerfield, FL
OBITUARY: CAROL J. GARRETSON, INSTRUCTOR AND ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Carol J. Garretson died peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, in Summerfield, Florida. She is survived by her husband Mervin Garretson; five daughters; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren and her brother. She was born in Great Falls, MT on September 23, 1926, attended the Idaho School for the Deaf, graduated from Utah State University and received her M.A. from Gallaudet University. She was a teacher of the Deaf at the Montana School for the Deaf & Blind and Kendall Elementary School for the Deaf, Washington, D.C., and an Assistant Professor of Communications Arts at Gallaudet University for 20 years before retiring. / Deaf Seniors USA

Internet
OBITUARY: BETTY G. MILLER, DEAF ARTIST AND EDUCATOR
Dr. Betty G. Miller, Mother of De'VIA*, passed away on Monday, December 3, 2012. *What’s De’VIA? Deaf View/Image Art, also known as De’VIA, is created when the artist intends to capture their deaf experience in their artwork– by sharing the beauty of American Sign Language (ASL), or showing the world how it feels to be deaf. / Deaf Seniors USA

Tacoma, WA
BENJAMIN 'BENNIE' DOCKTER
Benjamin "Bennie" Dockter, aka, name sign: touching an "B" hand to the side of your chest and then moving it to the other side of your chest and touching it again. A 92 years of constantly flying hands in American Sign Language had come to ease. Beloved husband, father and grandfather. He was 92. His Deafhood journey of life-long path had started June 9, 1920 -- gracefully expired on November 17, 2012. / McKee Funeral Home


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PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. We take great pride that our program is strongly Deaf/HOH centered with about 85% of our staff being Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Our staff environment is one of incredible teamwork and mutual support. As a result, we are rapidly growing with new programs and expansions of our existing programs. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or have many years’ experience in the field of human services we have a career building position waiting for you! E.O.E.

PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community to fill the following positions:

RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR
RESIDENTIAL ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTORS.
INTENSIVE CASE MANAGERS – FOR ADULTS
THERAPIST/PSYCHOSOCIAL REHABILITATION COUNSELOR
RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS:

For more information on each of these positions, go to our website at www.pahrtners.com

Send your letter of intent and resumes to:

Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
Email: lclaypool@pahrtners.com
Fax: 215-884-6301
www.pahrtners.com

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COLORADO SCHOOL for the DEAF and the BLIND

CSDB invites you to consider our employment opportunities, including COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST / SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST (SLP). The job announcement may be found on CSDB’s website -- http://www.csdb.org -- under Non-Classified Employment.

Positions are open until filled; salary based on appropriate education and experience; excellent benefits; all interviews conducted on-site at CSDB.

Please follow the instructions on the job announcement to submit a complete on-line application and upload documentation. Contact Information:

Chelle Lutz
CSDB - HR
33 North Institute Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-578-2114
Fax: 719-578-2239
E-mail: clutz@csdb.org

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FACULTY POSITION OPENING
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE

Northridge, California 91330

Department: Deaf Studies

Effective Date of Appointment: August 2013
(Subject to Budgetary Approval)

Rank: Assistant/Associate Professor

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 must complete the doctorate by the time of appointment. General knowledge of ASL and the Deaf Studies field, which may include but is not limited to 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 Deaf Studies-related 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/or national levels. Commitment to 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 all of the following. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

1. Cover letter that includes:
-- Statements of teaching and research interests
-- Summary of prior relevant experience
-- Evidence of commitment to Deaf bilingual and bicultural experience

2. Current curriculum vitae that includes:
-- Educational background
-- Prior teaching experience
-- Evidence of scholarship and/or related professional experience

3. Evidence of teaching effectiveness/potential (provide sample course syllabi and copies of automated student evaluations)

4. Photocopies of all earned degrees and certificates

5. Three (3) current letters of recommendation

6. Names and contact information for at least three (3) professional references

Application Deadline: Screening of candidates will begin on January 18, 2013. 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

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