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This is an hourly position on an as-needed basis. The position provides speech-to-text services in classrooms to ensure equal access to programs and activities. 36-60 hours of training, paid for by Student Disability Services, is required for this position.


Transcribers complete a Basic Skills Course that is online and paid for by Student Disability Services. Once trained, newly trained transcribers are paired with an experienced transcriber who will support them in gaining experience and comfort working as a transcriber. Transcribers provide meaning-for-meaning services in classrooms, lectures on campus, professor/student meetings, conferences, special events, and other places where dialog might occur.  As they transcribe, the text is streamed wirelessly to the reader so they can see the information and participate in the discussion.

Required Skills

  • Good listening and memory skills.
  • Excellent English skills.
  • Typing speed of at least 60 words per minute, with no errors, and
  • No history of pain in the arms or wrist that might suggest a repetitive motion disorder.

Go to TypeWell to create a free account to see if you are eligible, based on your skills, to apply for the course. Please list Heather Webb at as the official sponsor or someone who will pay for the course. Once your application is accepted, you will be contacted by Mrs. Webb in order to discuss the course, your commitment and have the opportunity to ask questions in advance.

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services.