Job opportunity: Assistant Professor or Associate Professor of Psychology, The Department of Liberal Studies at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester, USA

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The Department of Liberal Studies at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf invite applications for one faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor of Psychology (specialization open). The position is a 9-month, tenure-track appointment. Review of applications will commence immediately. Start date: August 1, 2022 or later.

The new Assistant or Associate Professor of Psychology will:

  • Conduct research in the applicant’s area of specialization
  • Teach and tutor undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology and related disciplines
  • Advise and mentor deaf and hard of hearing students involved in undergraduate and graduate research
  • Attend professional development activities
  • Participate in communication development activities
  • Serve the department, institute, and the community as needed

The successful applicant will:

  • Demonstrate evidence of peer-reviewed publications and the potential for obtaining external grant funding
  • Demonstrate strong interest and the capacity for excellence in teaching deaf and hard of hearing students
  • Show an eagerness to join RIT, NTID and the department’s ongoing commitment to addressing issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Be interested in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core valueshonor code, and statement of diversity.

Department/College Description

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf serves more than 1,100 deaf and hard-of-hearing students from around the world, many of whom live, study and work alongside hearing students on the mainstream RIT campus. NTID sponsors and encourages research designed to enhance the lives of deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Faculty at NTID work either on discipline-based research within their own academic departments, or come together in research centers and or labs to work on strategic research projects. Students are encouraged to actively partner with faculty on research projects of mutual interest. The Department of Liberal Studies is one of the largest departments at NTID and has faculty from across the humanities and social sciences. Current faculty are actively engaged in psychological research, with two extramurally funded research labs ( and and a strategic research center ( Our faculty support DHH students in the AAS Applied Liberal Arts, BS Psychology and MS Experimental Psychology programs. A PhD in Cognitive Science has been approved by the NYS Education Department, with an anticipated start date of Fall 2023. Other faculty in DLS have specializations in English, Developmental English, Sociology and Deaf Studies, providing a rich interdisciplinary community. The department is proud of its commitment to diversity and inclusion, as well as innovative and student-centered teaching methods.

Required Minimum Qualifications

       PhD or ABD** in psychology or relevant field

  • Significant teaching experience and/or professional experience in postsecondary settings, communities or organizations
  • Evidence of research and scholarly activities
  • Proficient in American Sign Language
  • Ability to teach a variety of Deaf, Hard of Hearing and hearing students who may utilize a variety of communication and learning modalities
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.

**This tenure-track position requires that the candidate possess a doctoral degree in a relevant field. If the successful candidate is ABD, they will begin their employment with lecturer status. The position will be converted to tenure-track at the start of the contract year after the candidate has completed the degree. At the time, the probationary period for tenure review as specified in the letter of hire will begin.

Required Minimum Education Level PhD

Faculty Type (Tenure Status) Tenure-Track

Faculty Rank Assistant Professor, Associate Professor

Employment Category Fulltime

Required Application Documents

Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, List of References, Research Statement, Statement of Diversity Contribution, Statement of Teaching Philosophy

How To Apply

Apply online at; search openings, then Keyword Search 6707BR. Please submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and upload the following attachments:

Additional Details

The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to COVID 19: Please familiarize yourself with the requirements of the RIT Safety Plan. Information on the responsibility for each employee can be found on the RIT Ready website. As per the RIT Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, all university employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 which may include receiving a booster dose prior to their start date, or have an approved medical/disability or religious accommodation (see above).

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