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

Gemma Gabor

Lecturer II

Deanna Gagne

Linguistics

Associate Professor

Christi Batamula

Education

Associate Professor

Abbas Behmanesh

Extended Temporary Faculty

Nicole Shambourger

Freelance Interpreter

Franklin Torres

English

Associate Professor

Umar Tukur

Lecturer I

Martreece Watson

English

Associate Professor

Miguel Ramirez

English

Assistant Professor

Oscar Ocuto

Education

Assistant Professor

Sharon Pajka

English

Professor

Pilar Pinar

Professor

Leslie Rach

English

Professor

Onudeah Nicolarakis

Education

Assistant Professor

Guthrie Nutter

Language, Education, and Culture

Strategic Planning and Communications Manager

Mj Jones

Freelance Interpreter

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

Rhea Morgenstern

English

Senior Lecturer

Marc Holmes

Interpreter

Kiva Bennett

Freelance Interpreter

Allison Gibbons

Dual Enrollment Manager

Leela Chaitoo

Senior Interpreting Administrator

Dolphia Butler

English

Instructor

Austen Ercolino

Adjunct Faculty - ASL

Nena Neild

Accreditation Coordinator

Aimee Sever-Hall

Senior Adjunct - ASL

Casey Thornton

Linguistics

Adjunct Faculty II-Fall 20231

Armando Castro Osnaya

Adjunct Faculty II

Trudy Suggs

Language, Education, and Culture

Senior Adjunct - Education

Ashley Greene

Adjunct Faculty II - Education

Akilah English

Senior Adjunct - Education

Don Miller

Senior Adjunct - ASL

Rezenet Moges-Riedel

Language, Education, and Culture

Adjunct Faculty II - ASL department

Lauren Hamilton

Senior Adjunct

Darla Konkel

Freelance Interpreter

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