Canisius Employment Opportunities


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Work type: Full-time Staff
Location: Buffalo
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Other


Director of Deaf Education Program

School of Education & Human Services


Canisius College located in Buffalo, New York, invites applications for a position of Director of Deaf Education.  The Deaf Education program is completely immersed in the St. Mary’s School for the Deaf (a residential school two blocks from the college) where graduate students attend deaf education courses and collaborate with St. Mary’s faculty and staff. This allows the graduate students to experience Birth-12 students, Deaf culture, and the life of the school from the first day of admission to the program. This position reports to the Dean of the School of Education and Human Services.  The appointment is full-time starting in August 2018.

The Deaf Education program at Canisius College has a comprehensive philosophy in preparing teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing with diverse needs and backgrounds.  The Director will be responsible for building partnerships with businesses, on-profit organizations, and P-12 schools in the greater Buffalo region by effectively representing the program and forging relationships with diverse constituencies including prospective students, the business community, Canisius alumni, benefactors, and the public.  


  • Maintain a strong collaborative relationship with St. Mary’s School for the Deaf and develop strong collaborative relationships with other P-12 schools.
  • Create academic and employment opportunities for students including internship placements and sites for the program’s practica and student teaching experiences.
  • Seek out and pursue grant and other funding opportunities.
  • Assist graduate admissions in the recruitment of graduate students for the deaf education program.
  • Advise graduate students and teach classes each semester.
  • Direct program curriculum implementation and assessment.
  • Ensure and constantly improve academic quality of the deaf education program.
  • Cultivate and coordinate faculty development opportunities pertinent to the deaf education program.
  • Work collaboratively and collegially with other faculty and administrators at the college.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to competently teach a broad range of courses in the deaf education program.
  • Ability to collaborate with all persons in the college setting.
  • Ability to supervise student teachers in all education settings: oral/aural, total communication, and bilingual-bi-cultural.
  • Ability to advise graduate students.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with all persons in both a residential school for the deaf and the public/private school settings where students who are deaf or hard of hearing are served.
  • Ability to direct and coordinate the Graduate Deaf Education Program within the School of Education and Human Services.
  • Ability to align program goals, objectives, and assessments to meet accreditation.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and collaborative skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Required Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in Deaf Education or a related field.
  • Fluency in American Sign Language and knowledge of Deaf Culture.
  • Teaching experience with students who are deaf or hard of hearing in Birth-12 settings.
  • Background in oral/aural education, total communication, bilingual-bicultural, and special education settings.
  • Background in guiding graduate students in developing best practices in teaching students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) in Deaf Education or a related field.


Canisius College, founded 1870, is a Jesuit comprehensive liberal arts college with strong commitments to social justice and to preparing students to be reflective women and men for others. The School of Education and Human Services supports the mission and is committed to diversity. To learn more about the School of Education and Human Services at Canisius College go to:

The review of applications begins immediately. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. Applicants must include a cover letter, CV and a list of 3 references and their contact information with their application. All qualified candidates, and, particularly, minorities and women, are encouraged to apply.

Canisius College, a Catholic and Jesuit university located in Buffalo New York, has as its foundation the fundamental values of academic excellence, leadership, faith and social justice. Canisius is committed to educating and preparing men and women to become leaders in their professions and their communities. The college is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.

For more information on Canisius College and Buffalo, NY, please go to

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