About the Position

  • Field of Specialization: American Sign Language Instruction
  • Academic Unit: Linguistics and Language Studies
  • Category of Appointment: Preliminary (Confirmation-Track)
  • Rank/Position Title: Instructor
  • Start Date: July 1, 2023
  • Closing Date: May 31, 2023 (open until filled)

Carleton University’s School of Linguistics and Language Studies (SLaLS) invites applications from qualified candidates for a confirmation-track position with a specialization in American Sign Language at the rank of Instructor, commencing July 1, 2023.

The qualified candidate will teach undergraduate courses per academic year. They will design and implement their own curriculum based on the ASL minor goals. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute fully to the program, including teaching, developing materials, participating in ongoing curriculum updates, and innovating/expanding the program’s offering.

Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. In addition to First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, we welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. In accordance with the University’s Employment Equity Program and pursuant to Section 14 of the Ontario Human Rights Code, this selection will be limited to persons who are Deaf, as defined by the Canadian Association of the Deaf. Candidates are encouraged to self-identify. In addition, members from the designated groups (women, Indigenous/Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) persons, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of 2SLGBTQ+ community) whose intersectional identity includes being Deaf, are encouraged to apply and to self-identify.

About the Academic Unit

American Sign Language is housed in the Modern Languages unit in the School of Linguistics & Language Studies, which represents a rich diversity of perspectives on language, also offering degree programs in Applied Linguistics & Discourse Studies, as well as courses, minors or certificates in Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, and Russian, as well as Communication Courses for Disciplines and Professions and English as a Second Language for international students, immigrants, and refugees.

Detailed information on the School can be found at http://www.carleton.ca/slals/.


The successful candidate must:

  • have a Bachelor’s degree or, in lieu of a degree, commensurate relevant experience may suffice;
  • have a demonstrated ASLPI of 4+ or higher;
  • have 5 or more years of experience teaching ASL to hearing students;
  • have highly developed leadership, organizational, teamwork, and interpersonal skills;
  • have a high degree of expertise in teaching ASL linguistics;
  • have experience in creating lesson plans and materials;
  • have experience in ASL language assessment;
  • have experience in using technology (i.e., creating videos, marking videos, teaching online when required)
  • have demonstrated teaching excellence

The following are valuable assets:

  • SLIC or ASLTA certification (or demonstrate commitment to obtaining one);
  • knowledge and experience in, teaching the history of, and sign language of underrepresented Deaf communities;
  • a degree/certificate related to ASL education, Deaf Studies, ASL Literature, or language teaching;
  • university/college teaching experience;
  • experience in ASL translation work or interpreter training;
  • examples of evaluations from students.

Application Instructions

Applications should be submitted in one single PDF file to the attention of Michael Rodgers, Director of SLaLS, at languageshiring@carleton.ca. Please indicate “ASL Instructor Position” in the subject line of your application.

Applications should include:

  • a cover letter that includes the names of three referees
  • Note: Letters of reference will only be requested from selected candidates and should be ready to send letters in June 2023.
  • curriculum vitae
  • teaching statements

Please provide a statement that identifies your strengths in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in your discipline and on campus as well as your future plans.

Please indicate in your application if you are currently legally eligible to work in Canada.

The selection committee will begin reviewing applications on May 31, 2023. The expected start date is July 1, 2023.

About Carleton University

Located in Ottawa, Carleton is an innovative teaching and research institution with a tradition of leading change. Internationally recognized academics, staff, and researchers engage more than 31,000 students in over 100 programs of study. Carleton has long been known for promoting research excellence and connectedness and is involved in partnerships around the globe. With strong leadership, it enjoys a healthy financial position and our proximity to government and cultural institutions, media, and a thriving knowledge economy make Carleton and Ottawa a great place to work, learn, and live. Our picturesque campus is fully accessible and, along with award-winning student services, Carleton’s Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities has been heralded as the gold standard for disability support services in Canada. Learn more about our university and the city of Ottawa.

Furthermore, Carleton understands that career paths vary and interruptions will not prejudice the assessment process. We invite you to review our revitalized Indigenous strategy, Kinàmàgawin and visit our Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities for information about our commitment to leadership in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Accessibility is a university strategic priority and applicants selected for an interview who require accommodations are invited to contact the Chair as soon as possible to ensure that appropriate arrangements may be made.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.