[Job Vacancy] Lecturer in British Sign Language and Deaf Studies

York St John University – School of Education, Language & Psychology

Location: York
Salary: £35,333 to £40,931
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 2nd November 2022
Closes: 20th November 2022
Job Ref: 293-22

Contract duration: 6 months

Closing date: Sunday 20th November 2022 at midnight

Interview date: Friday 16th December 2022

York St John is an ambitious, modern university at the heart of historic York and there has never been a more exciting time to join us.

As one of the fastest growing universities in the U.K over recent years, we have a new strategy for the next decade, emphasising our commitment to widening opportunity through the power of education and contributing our talents to creating a fairer world, and a more prosperous region. We are putting inspirational learning and impactful research at the heart of this strategy, recognising our academic expertise as our greatest asset.

The School

Languages and Linguistics are situated in the School of Education, Language and Psychology. We offer BA and MA programmes in British Sign Language, Deaf Studies, English Language and Linguistics, Intercultural Communication, Japanese, Korean, Language and Social Justice, and TESOL.

The Role

We are currently seeking a lecturer for a six-month fixed period to contribute to our undergraduate British Sign Language, Deaf Studies and Linguistics programme. The successful candidate will have experience and expertise in teaching in the areas of Deaf Studies and sign language linguistics. 

The role will cover teaching and dissertation supervision. Teaching will be on the second year Deaf Social Theory module, which will be a mixture of workshops and seminars. Supervision is of third year dissertations and will be a mixture of group and individual meetings with students, alongside the need to provide quality written feedback on their written work.

The successful candidate will also provide research assistance for Dr. Dai O’Brien on a current project focused on radical deaf politics. This will include archival research, writing, creating BSL videos and interviews on this subject.

Key requirements

Candidates will have a PhD or Master’s degree with a special focus on deaf cultures, deaf communities and/or sign languages, and you will have a rich and in-depth knowledge of deaf communities and cultures. 

The successful candidate will be working alongside our award-winning team of Deaf academics including Dr. Dai O’Brien.

Additional information

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr. Dai O’Brien on d.obrien@yorksj.ac.uk.

If you require a reasonable adjustment in order to apply for this position please contact vacancies@yorksj.ac.uk. Within the application form there is an opportunity for you to request a reasonable adjustment at the interview stage of the process, however if you wish to discuss this in further detail at any point in the process please do not hesitate to contact us.

We offer a wide range of employee benefits including –

Excellent annual leave entitlement, including five discretionary university closure days over the Christmas period
Pension scheme
Health Cash Plan after one years’ service
Employee Assistance Programme
Relocation expenses package for certain roles
The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can all be ourselves. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff networks and a multi-faith space to support staff from different background.

As part of our commitment to providing an inclusive working environment, consideration is given to all requests for job share or flexible working arrangements.

Please note that CVs are not accepted in place of the application form.