Job Details

College of the Holy Cross
  • Position Number: 2980640
  • Location: Worcester, MA
  • Position Type: Communications - Speech

Teaching Assistant, Deaf Studies

About College of the Holy Cross:

Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,100 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at the College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members--students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

Reporting to the Department Chair of the World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department, this position includes teaching the practica for DFST 101-2 (Elementary ASL), DFST 201-2 (Intermediate ASL), DFST 301 (ASL Comp and Conv), and DFST 303 (ASL Literature), assisting with Deaf Studies and Sign Languages Program events, and assisting with communication with CBL (Community-Based Learning) partners during the period of the appointment.

Teach practica for DFST 101-102 Elementary ASL, DFST 201-202 Intermediate ASL, DFST 301 ASL: Comp & Conv., and DFST 303 ASL Literature

The Teaching Assistant must attend ASL lectures and classes to prepare for the practica.

The Teaching Assistant must hold weekly office hours

Assist with communication with CBL partners for 201 and 202 classes as required by the DFST coordinator and faculty.

Deaf Studies and Sign Languages Program
  • Communication with DFST Coordinator and faculty.
  • Check emails daily and respond within 23-48 hours
  • Participate in ASL extracurricular events.

Assist continuing non-tenure track faculty members with community programming, including assisting with events and social media uploads.

This position starts mid-August of 2022 and will run through Commencement in May of 2023


Native fluency in ASL and familiarity with ASL pedagogy.
  • Minimum of two years of experience, preferably in an educational setting.
  • Knowledge of deaf culture.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships with both internal and external constituencies.
  • Capable of developing a positive rapport with members of both the hearing community and the Deaf community.
  • Understanding and respect for Deaf culture and community.
  • Strong organizational, administrative, and budgetary skills with the ability to work independently, organize and manage time effectively, and make prudent decisions

To mitigate the spread and effects of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, College of the Holy Cross requires that all successful applicants show proof of full, up-to-date vaccination (including a booster dose once eligible) by an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine before beginning employment, unless an accommodation exempting the applicant from this policy has been granted. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation based on a disability or sincerely-held religious belief should inform Human Resources after an offer of employment is extended; please do not include any medical, genetic, or religious information in your application materials.

Additional Information:

This position starts mid-August of 2022 and will run through Commencement in May of 2023.

College Description

The College of the Holy Cross is a private, Jesuit Catholic, undergraduate institution serving approximately 3,100 students. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has a tradition of academic excellence. It is located atop Mount Saint James in Worcester, Massachusetts. The picturesque, 174-acre campus is an award-winning and registered arboretum.

Region Description

Worcester is a city of approximately 170,000 people centrally located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is approximately one hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and three hours from New York City. Worcester is known as the Heart of the Commonwealth. Worcester offers many cultural and recreational opportunities.

The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace.

A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).

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Application Instructions:

Please attach a cover letter addressing the position requirements along with your resume.

In your cover letter please address how your work supports the College's mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see and its core commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more information, please visit

Review of applications will begin as received and continue until the position has been filled.

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The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition. It enrolls about 3,000 students and is located in a medium-sized city 45 miles west of Boston. The College seeks faculty members whose scholarship, teaching, advising, and on- and off-campus service demonstrate commitment to the educational benefits of a richly diverse community. Holy Cross aspires to meet the needs of dual-career couples, in part through its membership in Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts ( and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (

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