Job Details

Bellevue College
  • Position Number: 4996994
  • Location: Bellevue, WA
  • Position Type: Business - Accounting

American Sign Language (ASL), Assistant (Tenure-Track) Professor

Job ID: 13473
Location: Bellevue College
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Position Summary

Are you an equity-minded teacher with a focus on fostering an inclusive environment? Are you a collaborative educator dedicated to closing opportunity gaps? Do you have an interest in participatory governance, interdisciplinary collaboration, or social/climate justice in education? Do you want to teach a diverse student body at an open-enrollment institution? Do you have experiences similar to the students we serve? If you answer yes to any of the questions above, we invite you to apply for the full-time, tenure-track position as an American Sign Language (ASL) faculty in the World Languages Program of Bellevue College's Division of Arts and Humanities. This position is expected to begin Fall 2024 and will be a part of large cohort of new faculty joining the Bellevue College community.

The World Languages Program is seeking qualified candidates to for a full-time, tenure-track position in American Sign Language (ASL). As a full-time faculty member in ASL, the successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to student success through teaching and learning excellence, including teaching three ASL elementary and/or intermediate courses per quarter while creating inclusive and equitable learning environments for a diverse student population. In addition, full time faculty are expected to advise students, assist in curriculum development, participate in college governance and initiatives, and maintain currency in their discipline. Faculty are under the general direction of the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and are responsible primarily to the Dean of the Arts and Humanities Division. Full-time faculty teach in face-to-face settings and synchronous and asynchronous virtual settings, and are expected to deliver in-person classes or a combination of in-person and virtual classes. Bellevue College's ASL program is committed to on-ground language instruction and, therefore, looking for faculty who will be available to teach primarily in-person.

Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule

Position Salary Range: $77,250.30/year - $108,344.14/year

Annual salary is based on a 176-day contract with a minimum of $77,250.30; beginning salary will be determined by the assessment of the candidate's education and related experience. New hires start no higher than $82,831.36 unless exceptional circumstances prevail. Certain positions may also be eligible for assignment/project-based additional compensation, including a High Demand Stipend up to $8,350 annually, prorated based on the discipline and duration of the assignment. All additional compensations are subject to change depending on funding and negotiated agreement.

We offer comprehensive compensation package with salary and benefits as the main components. Generous benefits package is offered through Washington State plans that includes multiple medical, dental, life and disability coverage choices for employees and dependents; choices of retirement and deferred compensation plans; paid personal leave plan; transit program, reduced tuition, employee discounts and memberships, etc.

In addition to teaching, full-time faculty maintains office hours and participate in department and college activities. This position is represented by the Bellevue College Association of Higher Education (BCAHE) union.

About The College

Bellevue College is a diverse student-centered, comprehensive and innovative college, committed to teaching excellence that advances the life-long educational development of its students while strengthening the economic, social and cultural life of its diverse community. Bellevue College is located just 10 miles east of Seattle where we serve a student population of over 54% students of color and over 1,300 international students. The college promotes student success by providing high-quality, flexible, accessible educational programs and services; advancing pluralism, inclusion and global awareness; and acting as a catalyst and collaborator for a vibrant region.

We strive to create a vibrant and inclusive campus community that supports a diverse student body, faculty and staff. As an essential part of our mission and goals, diversity, equity and pluralism are promoted and fostered in all aspects of college life. By enriching student life through leadership opportunities, personal learning and cultural experiences, we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse campus community that fosters creativity, innovation and student success.

For more information, visit BC Facts at a Glance @ Bellevue College.

About the Department

The World Languages Department at Bellevue College offers courses in Arabic, ASL, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. The faculty represents an extensive range of interests and is committed to excellence. The Department recognizes the need for World Languages proficiency in today's changing world, are dedicated professionals who provide instruction and guidance to our students, and are an integral part of the humanities. Every effort is made to teach students to think clearly and critically, to make logical and ethical judgments and to communicate effectively with others, thus overcoming cultural and language barriers. It is a pleasure to share with you our passion for other languages and cultures.

Essential Functions
  • Teach 15 credits (3 courses) of ASL per quarter at the first- and second-year levels on a variety schedules and modalities, primarily in person.
  • Prepare and implement lessons to achieve assigned courses' learning outcomes.
  • Evaluate prospective students' language proficiency and place them in appropriate course levels
  • Provide culturally responsive guidance and advising with an emphasis on the needs of historically marginalized student populations as they navigate courses and college systems.
  • Hold at least five weekly office hours and generally assist students in person one-on-one and/or both through electronic media and in-person.
  • Conduct ongoing curriculum development, assessment, revision, and implementation through inter- and intra-departmental cooperation and collaboration
  • Participate in department, division, and college governance (such as serving on committees, advising student clubs, and supporting initiatives)
  • Maintain knowledge and skills current in discipline and area of assignment
  • Participate in the life and culture of the department, division, and college, including the college-wide effort to dismantle barriers that can impact underrepresented and historically marginalized student populations

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution in ASL or a related field
  • At least two years' full-time teaching experience in ASL
  • Ability to use ASL at or near native level
  • Experience teaching ASL at the secondary, community college, or university level
  • Training and professional development related to teaching ASL
  • Demonstrated familiarity with Deaf culture
  • Dedication to increasing inclusivity and closing opportunity gaps for historically marginalized students with intentional curriculum and instruction design
  • Willingness and ability to teach in various modalities (face to face, hybrid, online)
  • Prior experience that demonstrates communicate effectively in person and in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and in an inclusive manner with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population

Preferred Qualifications
  • Four or more years' experience teaching ASL at the community college level
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively teach in traditional, hybrid, and fully online environments
  • Record of active contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts, whether through teaching, professional service, or community engagement
  • Familiarity with recent pedagogical developments in the field of ASL
  • Experience using a variety of teaching and assessment techniques that engage students and emphasize interaction
  • Experience in addressing disproportionate impact and equity issues in the higher education environment.
  • Experience in assessing student proficiency for placement in the appropriate level of ASL
  • Evidence of effective intercultural communication skills, collegiality, and working collaboratively with colleagues in an intercultural department

Conditions of Employment

Bellevue College intends to provide a drug-free, healthy, safe, and secure work and educational environment. Each employee is expected to report to work in an appropriate mental and physical condition to perform her/his/their assigned duties.

Bellevue College employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Bellevue College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated and your vaccine status will be verified upon hire. Please reach out to the HR Office at if you need information on medical or religious accommodation.

Sexual Misconduct and Background Check:

Prior to start of employment, finalists(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check as a condition of employment. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington State Law.

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Reference Check:

Reference checks may include, but are not limited to, contacting references and verification of work experience, and/or past job duties.

Other Information
  • This position is eligible for relocation allowance.
  • Sponsorship for employment-based visa may be an option for full-time tenure-track faculty position only and depending upon applicants qualification.

How To Apply

Applications received by 02/18/2024 will be given full consideration. Applications received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. This position will begin Fall Quarter, 2024.

All individuals interested in this position are encouraged to apply. Your application must include a complete online application and all of the required documents below to be considered complete. Any application that does not provide all requested information will not be considered for the position (only submit required documents with the application, additional documents will not be reviewed.) Please review Application Tips before applying. Current Bellevue College employees should apply the position through Employee Self Service.

Required application materials:
  • Attach a Cover Letter (min 1 pg., max 2 pgs.)
  • Attach a Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Attach a statement of your Teaching Philosophy (max 2 pages)
  • Attach a Diversity Statement (min 1 pg., max 2 pgs.) that addresses the following: Please provide specific examples of how your educational and/or professional experiences, background or philosophy demonstrate your commitment to diversity and equity, and how these prepare you to contribute to Bellevue College. Please note that your Diversity Statement must be a separate response from your Teaching Philosophy
  • Attach a copy of academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts may be submitted - official transcripts required upon employment)
  • Complete Job Questionnaires if applicable


If you have questions with regards to the application or the hiring process, please contact Office of Human Resources at 425-564-2274 or email to

EEO Statement

Bellevue College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, language, ethnicity, religion, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, including gender identity or expression, disability, or age in its programs and activities. Please see policy 4150 at The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Title IX Coordinator, 425-564-2641, Office C227, and EEOC/504 Compliance Officer, 425-564-2178, Office B126.

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