Chaffey College — Instructor, American Sign Language

Application deadline: Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 4:00 PM

The American Sign Language department is part of Chaffey’s languages program, which includes Arabic, Chinese, ESL, French, and Spanish. Courses in the department are conducted in the target language and go beyond the teaching of grammar and vocabulary to include deaf culture and society.  The program offers an Associate Degree in Sign Language Studies. The successful candidate will have a pedagogical approach that is focused on providing meaningful communicative interactions and experiences that promote cultural competency. The individual selected for this position will be responsible for instruction, curriculum development, program review, and the development and assessment of student learning outcomes, as well as participation in any other professional responsibilities as identified under 18.2.3 of the faculty agreement. A typical teaching assignment for the full-service week may include day, evening, or weekend classes at the Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana or Chino campuses.


  • Teach assigned courses in a manner consistent with the department’s standards and with the contents cited in the approved curriculum guides.
  • Remain current in the subject matter areas and in the techniques of effective instruction.
  • Participate in course and curriculum design and development, student advisement, program review, and district/college/school committees as required to maintain and improve the instructional program.
  • Participate in department and division meetings and contribute through appropriate committee assignments.
  • Perform other assigned tasks for the benefit of the college, the community, and the profession.
  • Collaborate in the creation of ASL Lab assignments and materials.
  • Demonstrate multicultural competence, including an awareness and understanding of historically disadvantaged populations, and creating an educational environment that affirms commitment to equity and diversity


  • Any bachelor’s degree and two (2) years of professional experience; OR
  • Any associate degree and six (6) years of professional experience; OR
  • The equivalent (equivalency questions are included in the Faculty Application for Employment); AND
  • Clear evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Preference will be given to those candidates who establish the highest level of professional competency as evidenced by:

  • Master’s in Sign Language, Sign Language Education, Deaf Interpreting, or a related discipline.
  • Two (2) years of experience teaching American Sign Language at the community college or university level.
  • Fluency in American Sign Language.
  • Expertise with the student populations included in the Chaffey College Equity Plan.
  • Recent experience teaching courses in non-traditional formats such as online, hybrid, fast-track, accelerated, etc.
  • Experience in or knowledge of sign language interpreter training programs.
  • Evidence of a commitment to active participation in the deaf community and professional development in the field of sign language.
  • Demonstrated ability to employ a variety of teaching techniques and strategies to address the diverse learning needs of students.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in written English.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with colleagues and students.

Based upon the minimum and/or desirable qualifications stated in this position announcement, the initial salary placement range is $57,139 (minimum qualifications) to $89,191 (doctorate) (Fall 2017 salary schedule). Placement is based on the regular full-time faculty salary schedule and is dependent upon verification of relevant experience and coursework from a regional or nationally accredited institution of higher learning.

Health care, dental program, and vision services for employees and eligible dependents; employee life insurance; sick leave; and retirement coverage through the State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS).

Chaffey College recently implemented an online electronic application system. Our new application can be accessed at The application package must include an online district employment application, filled out in detail and clearly reflect that you meet the minimum qualifications as set forth in the position announcement. In addition, the following documents must be uploaded and included with your online application submission:

Please do not include any additional documents; only the documents that are indicated below. If you upload documents that are not required, your application may be disqualified.

  • Cover Letter (State briefly how you meet the qualifications)
  • Resume
  • Professional Reference List (Include names, current addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses)
  • Copy of Transcripts (Transcripts must indicate degree earned/conferred – photocopies or computer printouts are acceptable. Transcripts of all degrees applicable to meeting the minimum qualifications for this position must be included. Copies of diplomas/degrees are NOT acceptable in lieu of transcripts. Official sealed transcripts will be required upon hire.)

Foreign transcripts must be transcribed and evaluated in English by a bona fide evaluation service. Educational requirements must be met on or before the closing date.

Completed application and related materials must be submitted no later than the application deadline indicated at the top of this announcement. Failure to submit all required application materials may result in the applicant not being considered for the position.

Submission of application and related materials is the applicant’s responsibility. The District reserves the right to re-advertise the position or to delay indefinitely the employment of a person for a position if it is deemed that applicants for the position do not constitute an adequate applicant pool.

Applicants should promptly notify the Office of Human Resources of any change of address and/or phone number. All application materials are subject to investigation and verification. False statements will be cause for disqualification or discharge from employment.

The Selection Process
A screening committee will conduct all minimum qualification appraisals as set forth on the announcement and reserves the right to limit the number of interviews granted. Meeting the minimum qualifications for a position does not assure the applicant an interview. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified of the time and place of the interview. Interviews are usually held on the Chaffey College campus and are conducted by an Interview Committee. Additional interviews may be required. Reasonable accommodations are provided to persons with disabilities. Should you feel you have any need for accommodation due to a disability, please indicate this request on your application or contact the Office of Human Resources. Travel costs related to an interview will be borne by the applicant.

About the College

The College
Established in 1883, Chaffey College is one of California’s first colleges. Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, Chaffey’s Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana and Chino campus locations serve students from throughout the Inland Empire. A fully accredited two-year institution by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Chaffey College offers associate degrees and vocational and transfer programs in a wide variety of subjects. Most recently named one of the Top 10 community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute; Chaffey College remains committed to its mission of improving the lives of its students, faculty, and staff through education.

Serving throughout the diverse Inland Empire, Chaffey College provides services to the cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Fontana, Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, and Upland, reaching a population of more than 830,000. The District also recruits from some of the area’s top high schools, accepting students from four surrounding districts; Chaffey Joint Union High School, Chino Unified School District, Fontana Unified School District, and the Upland Unified School District.

Whether the goal is to transfer to a four-year institution or enter the workforce better prepared, Chaffey College provides its students with the opportunity to take a variety of applicable courses. From taking lower division and general education classes to learning career-technical skills, the college provides its students with the tools needed to succeed during their time at Chaffey and beyond.

Chaffey Community College District is committed to equal employment opportunity.