Sign Language Interpreter- Student Disability Services
Student Disability Services at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications and nominations for the position of Sign Language Interpreter. This is a non-exempt, 12-month, full-time, non-tenure track staff position.
The University: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state's flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. Enrolling 28,000 students, the campus is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful East Tennessee. As a land-grant university, it is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement. In all its activities, the university aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge, enrich, and elevate society. The university values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity.
The Division: The Division of Student Life is comprised of nearly 500 staff that serve our students through 22 departments and functions. Staff are actively engaged in the lives of our students, living and learning with them in our residence halls, student union, and other campus environments. The Division seeks candidates willing to engage, challenge, and support our students through intentional programs and services. In addition, we seek colleagues that are committed to teamwork and have a palpable passion for working with and serving all students.
The Department: The mission of Student Disability Services (SDS) is to partner with the campus community in creating equitable access to eligible students while promoting disability-inclusive diversity. Staff is comprised of 22 professional and administrative employees including two liaisons to satellite campuses.
The Position:Under the general guidance of the Coordinator for Interpreting and Speech-to-Text Services in Student Disability Services, this position facilitates communication access through sign language interpretation for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing to ensure equal access to programs, and activities.
INTERPRETING: Provide interpreting/transliterating services for individuals with disabilities in courses provided by the University including undergraduate, graduate, and PhD level classes as well as University-sponsored activities; Listen to lectures/discussions, assess the information provided, find the meaning of the message and organize the concepts; Deliver the interpreted message to the consumer in a cultural and linguistic equivalence, while monitoring for comprehension and feedback; Work as team with second interpreter, when required, alternating interpreting duties to reduce mental/physical fatigue and provide feedback, correction, and support while on assignment. Troubleshoot any issues that arise in the classroom and notify the Coordinator of issues as soon as possible. Must use independent judgment to ensure access and resolve problems in the moment.
INTERPRETING PREPARATION: Prepare for assignments by reviewing course information to learn vocabulary, technical terminology, concepts to be covered, and the instructor's method (i.e. using group work, outside assignments, in-class writing, etc.); Read and analyze undergraduate/graduate/PhD level textbooks, course materials, articles and other pertinent information prior to class; Document preparation work thoroughly; Work with a team member to discuss use of appropriate signs or sign strings in the classroom.
PROFESSIONALISM: Adhere to the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) - Registry of Interpreter's for the Deaf (RID) Code of Professional Conduct. Adhere to professional standards set forth by RID. Maintain compliance with federal and state mandates regarding accommodations of students with disabilities.
MISCELLANEOUS DUTIES: Act as the liaison for Student Disability Services, and interact with faculty, staff, students and the University community. Maintain positive professional relationships with all constituents. Support the function of Student Disability Services and perform other duties as assigned.
Internal Number: 210208
Our primary mission is to move forward the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate the citizens of the state of Tennessee, the nation, and the world. As the preeminent research-based, land-grant university in the state, UT embodies the spirit of excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, outreach, and engagement attained by the nation’s finest public research institutions.