Immidiate Vacancy Announcement, Dep't of Linguistics, AAU (Sign Language Program)

Eyasu Tamene tusaye11 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Feb 5 05:38:27 UTC 2009


POSITION: Expatriate Lecturers (2)

Sign Language & Deaf Culture

Position needed: - Lecturer in Linguistics (with expertise in sign language
linguistics and/or deaf studies)

Addis Ababa University's Department of Linguistics has launched the
Bachelors of Arts degree in Ethiopian Sign Language and Deaf Culture this
academic year (2008-2009). It is the first BA degree course in Sign Language
provided in the African continent.
The main objectives of the BA program are to encourage and train:

   - sign language teachers in teaching sign language courses at secondary
   and tertiary levels

   - sign linguists in conducting research on Ethiopian Sign Language in
   order to promote the use, status and function of Ethiopian Sign Language.

   - sign language interpreters in the interpreting profession

The program is to:

   - Promote collaborative research on Ethiopian Sign Language in
   conjunction with other institutions of higher learning at local, regional
   and international levels.

   - Provide advisory services to organizations, schools, institutions that
   work to promote Ethiopian Sign Language and Deaf culture, organize
   short-term trainings for people involved in Sign language and Deaf
   Education, compilation of Sign language dictionary etc.

It is a three year regular university program which gives modules focusing
on sign language, linguistics, Deaf Culture. Some of the modules the
Lecturer is expected to be familiar with are:

   - Sign language and Society

   - Sign language literature and performance

   - Trends in Deaf Education

   - The sociology of signing family

   - Sign language interpretation and translation

   - Deafness in broader perspectives,

   - Communication Support for Deaf People (i.e. note-taking, interpreting

We may require the expatriate lecturers (if given sufficient skills needed)
to assist us in doing a feasibility study into setting up the African Centre
for Deaf Studies and Sign Language Studies at our university
Contractual time:
The Department of Linguistics and Philology seeks to employ two full-time
Lecturer positions. The minimum contractual time is two years as of March
2009 with the possibility of extending the contract.


   - Good sign language skills, preferably in American Sign Language

   - Postgraduate diploma in Sign linguistics, Deaf Studies, or related
   field or qualification;

   - Knowledge of Deaf history and culture;

   - Extensive experience in working with the Deaf community;

The ideal candidates for the position should be a self-starter,
detail-oriented, and able to handle multiple assignments and operate in team
work and an intense environment.
Salary: details given upon requesting


Interested candidates are required to send or email a letter of application
stating their interest, their curriculum vitae and two letters of references
from academics to:

 Eyasu Hailu Tamene

 Ethiopian Sign Language Program Coordinator

 Addis Ababa University, Department of Linguistics

 P.O. Box 1176 Addis Ababa


For further information, please email Eyasu Tamene at: tusaye11 at
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