Academics

Overview

The School of Language, Education, and Culture is committed to providing education and professional preparation in an interdisciplinary learning environment. We ensure curricular excellence and research leadership, so graduates of our programs impact the communities they will serve throughout their careers.

  • Students in our programs train to be leaders in their fields and increase the global number of deaf and hard of hearing professionals solving global challenges.
  • Become a teacher of English, American Sign Language, Spanish, with an emphasis on bilingual education.
  • Degrees available in international development, teaching, writing, interpreting, linguistics, and more.
  • Technologically rich environment so you are fully prepared to interact in advanced professional settings.
  • Collaborative learning, research, internships, and studying abroad opportunities.

The English Language Institute offers the only officially credited English as a Second Language program for deaf students in the United States.

Areas of Study

Undergraduate

Graduate

Online Degree and Certification

Departments

English Language Institute

The English Language Institute (ELI), a unit under the School of Language, Education, and Culture, provides an English as a Second Language program for American and international deaf and hard of hearing students. Bilingual instruction in both American Sign Language and written English provides a...

Faculty and Staff

Helen Thumann

School Director

Deanna Gagne

Linguistics

Associate Professor

Christi Batamula

Education

Associate Professor

Abbas Behmanesh

Extended Temporary Faculty

Franklin Torres

English

Associate Professor

Martreece Watson

English

Associate Professor

Miguel Ramirez

English

Assistant Professor

Oscar Ocuto

Education

Assistant Professor

Sharon Pajka

English

Professor

Leslie Rach

English

Professor

Onudeah Nicolarakis

Education

Assistant Professor

Dae-Kun Kim

English

Assistant Professor

Tammy Kinsler

Program Support Specialist

Bobbie Kite

Education

Associate Professor

Ryan Lepic

Linguistics

Assistant Professor

Robin Massey

American Sign Language Educator

Gaurav Mathur

Linguistics

Associate Professor

Stephanie Roche

Program Support Specialist

Wanda Riddle

American Sign Language

Assistant Professor

Rhea Morgenstern

English

Senior Lecturer

Dolphia Butler

English

Instructor

Nena Neild

Accreditation Coordinator

Information

Publications

Disaster Relief and Crisis Intervention with Deaf Communities: Japanese Deaf Community

  • Author(s): Takayama, K.
  • Published: 2017
  • Journal: Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, 3-4: 247-260
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1536710X.2017.1372241

Deaf-Led Organizations and Disaster Communication in Vietnam

  • Author(s): Cooper, A., Hương Thanh Thị Bùi, Linh Tuần Nguyễn, Phục Khắc Nguyễn, Thanh Hà Thị Nguyễn, and Diễm Phương Nữ Phan
  • Published: 2021
  • Journal: International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 65
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2021.102559

Exploring Deaf Students’ Disaster Awareness and Preparedness in U.S. Higher Education

  • Author(s): Takayama, K., Craig, L., Cooper, A., & Stokar, H.
  • Published: 2022
  • Journal: International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2022.103409

Deaf Community and DiDRR Network in Vietnam Call for Action

  • Author(s): Nguyễn Trần Thủy Tiên, Cooper, A. & Craig, L.
  • Published: 2022
  • Journal: London School of Economics/Southeast Asia Centre [University of Sydney, Australia]

Deaf Community and DiDRR: Supporting a Twin-Track Approach

  • Author(s): Craig, L., Cooper, A., Takayama, K, & Klein, H.
  • Published: 2023
  • Journal: Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 18(3): 1-24

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