Job Announcement: Clinical Assistant Professor, Deaf Education/ASL Interpreting (Utah State University)

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Position Clinical Assistant Professor, Deaf Education/ASL Interpreting

Department Communicative Disorders & Deaf Education (COMD)

Location Salt Lake Campus

Position Summary ***Re-Advertisement***

The Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education at Utah State University invites applications for a 9-month position at the Clinical Assistant Professor (non-tenure track) level beginning August 2014. The successful candidate will have a background in Deaf Education/ ASL Interpreting and provide leadership to a cooperative program between Salt Lake Community College Interpreter Training Program (Associate degree level) and Utah State University (Bachelor degree level) . While a member of the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education in Logan, UT, the successful candidate will be housed at the USU Regional Campus in Salt Lake City, Utah.


1. Serve as a liaison between the Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) Interpreter Training Program and Utah State University (USU) Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education

2. Develop upper division undergraduate ASL and interpreting curricula leading to a bachelor degree in consultation with the SLCC Interpreter Training coordinator

3. Assess student ASL and interpreting competencies; provide supervision and mentoring to undergraduate students having completed a major in interpreting at SLCC and assist them in upper division curriculum choices to achieve their bachelor’s degree at USU

4. Teach 3-4 courses (12-16 credit hours) per semester (Fall and Spring) in American Sign Language, interpreter related courses, and Deaf culture courses, using current pedagogical practices

5. Present professional information to the profession and the public

6. Participate in state and national professional associations.

Minimum Qualifications

1. An earned doctorate degree in Deaf Education, Interpreting, Educational Administration and Supervision, Deaf Studies, ASL Linguistics, Instructional Design, or a related area. ABD applicants will be considered.

2. Demonstrated strength in ASL, interpreting, and English

3. Ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary and inter-higher education institution team

4. Advanced or superior proficiency in American Sign Language with demonstrated ability to converse fluently in high-level professional and academic conversations

5. State or national certification with American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA), Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and/or National Interpreter Certification (NIC)

Preferred Qualifications

1. Five years of teaching ASL/interpreting in higher education

2. Five or more years in Educational Administration /Supervision related to Deaf Education and/or interpreting; and, an in-depth knowledge of Deaf culture, deafness, and communication issues

3. Experience in curriculum development

4. International Deaf Education and/or interpreting experience

5. Record of writing and receiving grants related to Deaf Education and/or interpreting

6. Experience in community outreach and recruitment

7. Evidence of involvement and leadership on the national level in Deaf Education and/or interpreting (Council on Education of the Deaf, RID, etc.)

Position Close Date Open Until Filled

Salary Commensurate with experience and excellent benefits

See for more information and to apply online.

Requisition Number 054168

Utah State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

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March 7, 2014 Presentation at Georgetown – Lucas on Variation

Ceil Lucas, Gallaudet University: What Variation Tells Us about the Structure of Sign Languages

Friday, March 7 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm 

Poulton Hall, 230 1421 37th St., N.W., Washington

The Georgetown University Sign Language Research Lab and the Department of Linguistics will jointly host a presentation by Dr. Ceil Lucas, a Georgetown sociolinguistics alumna and Professor Emerita of Gallaudet University. This lecture is hosted by both the Linguistics Speaker Series and the Reflective Engagement in the Public Interest Project: Revitalizing Sign Language Research at Georgetown University. A body of work by Ceil Lucas (Georgetown PhD in Sociolinguistics) has shed light on the social and language-­internal factors at work in language change and dialect divergence and convergence. By studying the evolution and history of a particular ASL dialect (such as Black ASL), missing links in sign language genesis and diversity can be re-forged.

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Summer School Prague 2014: Current Issues in Sign Language Linguistics – CISL 2014

Original Post by : Lucie Břinková
Date: February 26, 2014

Summer School Prague 2014: Current Issues in Sign Language Linguistics – CISL 2014

Institute of Deaf Studies, Charles University is pleased to announce the first Summer School 2014: Current Issues in Sign Language Linguistics (CISL), which will be held 25 – 29 August 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The purpose of Summer school 2014: CISL is to encourage students and young specialists to engage in research in the field of sign language linguistics and give them a general overview of currently discussed topics. The Summer school is also intended to serve as a platform for scholars, students and all interested parties to share knowledge and new information.

This message is to invite all those interested in joining Summer school 2014: CISL either as participants or presenters.

For further information on programme, registration and call for papers please follow the link:

You can also follow us on Facebook:

Kind regards,
Lucie Břinková and CISL 2014 organizing committee

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Job Opening: Towson University, Full-Time Lecturer, Deaf Studies

Towson University is inviting applications for a full time, 10-month Lecturer position beginning in August 2014. Responsibilities include undergraduate instruction, academic advising, and university and community service. Applicants with previous college experience teaching American Sign Language 1 to 5 will be given priority.  Required: Proficiency in ASL, Master’s Degree in Deaf Studies or related field, experience teaching American Sign Language, experience working with individuals with diverse educational, language and cultural backgrounds, the ability to work well as an active, contributing member of a department, and the ability to work independently and demonstrate self-reliance and self-initiative. Preference: applicants with training in specialty areas that complement current faculty specialties such as Linguistics; certification from the American Sign Language Teachers Association.  Candidates without ASLTA certification are required to earn certification within 3 years of hire. Salary is commensurate with degree and experience.

The Department of Audiology, Speech Language Pathology and Deaf Studies has 21 full-time faculty and over 350 undergraduate majors across two baccalaureate degree programs: Deaf Studies, and Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. The Deaf Studies program offers majors in Deaf Studies and combined degree programs with Elementary Education, and Speech Language Pathology and Audiology.  The department’s graduate programs enroll over 95 students in the master’s degree program in speech language pathology, and 40 students in the Audiology clinical doctorate program.

General Information: Founded in 1866, Towson University is recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Towson is nationally recognized for its programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, communications, health sciences, and the fine and performing arts. The University places a strong emphasis on service learning and civic engagement through such activities as internships, practica, clinical placements, course assignments and student events. As the Baltimore area’s largest university and Maryland’s Metropolitan University, Towson articulates its research and scholarship mission through partnerships that link the University to the economic, educational and cultural life of the state of Maryland and the mid-Atlantic region. Towson enrolls more than 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students in more than 100 undergraduate majors, master’s programs and doctoral programs. Located on a rolling 328 acres, the striking campus is eight miles north of downtown Baltimore and 45 miles from Washington, D.C. The campus and its surrounding cities provide an excellent environment for teaching and supporting the academic pursuits of the 830 full-time faculty who work here.

Please send a letter of application, current vita, three current professional reference letters, American Sign Language Proficiency Score, and relevant supporting materials:

Sheryl Cooper, Ph.D.
Chair of DFST Search Committee
Towson University
Department of Audiology, Speech Language Pathology and Deaf Studies
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252-0001

Questions should be directed to Dr. Sheryl Cooper at 410 704-2436 (voice), 443-377-3438 (VP), or email Review will begin February 15, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Deadline extended: LREC Workshop on Sign Language Corpora

Original post by Thomas Hanke, February 6 2014
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Dear All,

please note that the deadline for abstract submissions to the LREC workshop has been extended to Feb 12, 23:59 CET.
Best regards,

The organising committee

6th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Beyond the Manual Channel

Abstracts are invited for a full day workshop on those aspects of sign language resources that go beyond the manual channels, to take place following the 2014 LREC conference on Saturday, May 31st, 2014.

Non-manual features like facial expressions, mouth actions, head and body movements have all received extensive attention in the linguistic literature.

Recent technological developments allow sign language researchers to create relatively large video corpora of sign language use that were unimaginable ten years ago. Several national projects are currently underway, and more are planned. However, most corpus enterprises concentrate on annotation of the manual channels. This workshop aims to share experiences from current and past efforts. What are the problems that were encountered and the solutions created for recording, transcribing, annotating, and analyzing non-manual features? What are the linguistic decisions taken? The special focus of this workshop is on the coding of these non-manual aspects of signing as well as on tools related to this topic. We invite abstracts for 20-minutes papers or posters (with or without demonstrations) on the following topics:

• Best practices for coding non-manual aspects of signing
• Proposals for standards for linguistic annotation of non-manuals
• Experiences from linguistic research using corpus data on non-manuals
• Non-manuals in translation studies sign language eLearning
• Advances in avatar technology for non-manuals
• Automatic annotation and recognition of non-manuals

Papers of both oral/signed presentations and posters (4-8 pages) of this workshop will be published as workshop proceedings published on the conference website.

Please submit your abstract through the LREC START system not later than Feb 12th.

When submitting a paper from the START page, authors will be asked to provide essential information about resources (in a broad sense, i.e. also technologies, standards, evaluation kits, etc.) that have been used for the work described in the paper or are a new result of your research. Moreover, ELRA encourages all LREC authors to share the described LRs (data, tools, services, etc.), to enable their reuse, replicability of experiments, including evaluation ones, etc.

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Gallaudet University Department of Linguistics presents

“Applying Cognitive Linguistics to Second Language Learning: Experimental Evidence” by Andrea Tyler, PhD Georgetown University

February 7, 2014 SAC 1011, 12:30 PM


In this talk, I will discuss the results of an effects-of-instruction study examining the efficacy of applying a Cognitive Linguistic approach to L2 learning of the semantics of English modals. Modal verbs are recognized as one of the most difficult areas for L2 learners. One of the complicating factors is each modal has two senses—a root sense and an epistemic sense. Under traditional accounts, the two meanings are represented as homophones, failing to address any systematic semantic patterning in the modal system as a whole. Additionally, ELT texts tend to present modals from a superficial functional perspective, focusing on various speech acts in which they commonly occur. Since several modals can occur in the same speech act and each modal can occur in more than one speech act, under the speech act presentation their distribution and meaning appear to be largely idiosyncratic. Such accounts leave both the teacher and the learner with the impression that the only approach to mastering modals is memorization. In contrast, CL analyses (i.e., Talmy, 1988 and Sweetser, 1990) offer both a systematic, principled representation of the relationship between the root and epistemic meanings and a rather precise representation of the semantics of each modal. Central to the analysis is the insight that humans regularly use knowledge from the physical-spatial domain to think and communicate about non-physical domains.

The study demonstrates that teaching modals from a CL perspective enables advanced learners of English to more effectively use modals in their writing than learners presented with a traditional account. The subjects involved two pools of adult ESL learners, an experimental group which received instruction based on a CL perspective and a control group which received traditional instruction. Results of an ANOVA indicated the experimental group experienced significantly more improvement than the control group.

Andrea Tyler has been a professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University since 1994 and an associated faculty member at Georgetown Law Center from 2005-2009. Her work focuses on usage based, multi-dimensional approaches to language and their applications language learning. In particular, her recent research involves both development of Cognitive Linguistic theory and its application to issue in second language learning.

She has authored three books: The semantics of English Prepositions: Spatial scenes, embodied meaning, and cognition (with Vyvyan Evans) (CUP), US Legal Discourse: Legal English for Foreign LLMs (with Craig Hoffman) (West Publishing), Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Learning: Theoretical basics and experimental evidence (Routledge), which won the 2013 BAAL Book Award. She has also co-edited two volumes: Language In Use (Georgetown University Press) and Language in the Context of Use (Mouton de Gruyter). Her work has appeared in numerous edited volumes, encyclopedias and refereed journals, including Spatial Cognition and Computation, Language and Cognition, Cognition, Language, Journal of Pragmatics, Discourse & Society, Text, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Belgium Journal of Linguistics, Journal of Applied Linguistics, Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, and Journal of Memory and Language.


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CfP: ‘SignNonmanuals’ – Workshop on functions of nonmanuals in sign languages – Austria, April 2014

Original post by Andrea Lackner, January 28 2014
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CfP: ‘SignNonmanuals’ – Workshop on functions of nonmanuals in sign languages – Austria

Workshop: ‘Sign Nonmanuals’ – Workshop on a cross-linguistic comparison of linguistic functions coded by nonmanuals
Location: Centre for Sign Language and Deaf Communication (ZGH), Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt, Austria
Date: April 11-12, 2014.

Within the framework of our project ‘Segmentation and structuring of texts in Austrian Sign Language (ÖGS)’ – funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) – a workshop will take place focusing on the following three topics:

*comparison of functions coded by nonmanuals among different sign languages (SLs)
* discussion on methodological approaches for identifying nonmanuals in SLs
* exchange of acquired experiences regarding translation work within the scope of linguistic projects

Participants are welcome to submit an abstract for a 15-minutes presentation followed by a 10-minutes discussion on one or more of the workshop topics until February 28, 2014. Detailed information on each of the three topics and on the requirements for the abstract can be found on the following website

As from now on interested parties can register for the workshop (with or without submitting an abstract) until March 10, 2014. There are no workshop fees. Please submit the abstract and/or register by writing an informal e-mail to

The workshop languages are English, Austrian Sign Language (ÖGS) and International Sign (IS). If there is no participant who requires an IS-English-interpretation, the organizing team reserves the right to cancel the IS-English-interpretation by March 10, 2014. Please also inform us in your registration e-mail if you do not need an IS-English-interpretation since you bring your own interpreter.

We are looking forward to welcoming you!

Workshop Organizing Team: Andrea Lackner, Anna Wiener, Franz Dotter
Project Team and Volunteers: Nikolaus Riemer, Bernadette Auersperg, Xenia Dürr, Isabel Graf, Cornelia Harratzmüller

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