Hall Memorial Building (HMB)
||Franklin C. Torres
- Ph.D., Capella University
- M.A., Deaf Education, Gallaudet University
- B.A., Spanish, Gallaudet University
An assistant professor in the Department of English, Franklin enjoys teaching students with diverse backgrounds. In addition, he is involved in teaching a variety of courses within the General Studies Requirement program--particularly on topics and issues related to the deaf Latino experience.
Franklin comes from a deaf family and is a native of Peru. He came to the United States when he was 17 years old to obtain a better education. He received his B.A. in Spanish and M.A. in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University. In 2011, Dr. Torres successfully defended his dissertation entitled, "An Examination of Literacy Experiences of First-Generation Deaf Latino College Students." This is the first-known study examining the experiences of deaf Latinos who have graduated from college.
Franklin is actively involved in various organizations at the local, national, and international level. He is one of the founders and served two terms as the president of the Latino Deaf and Hard of Hearing Association of the Metropolitan DC Area. In addition, he is treasurer and serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Council of Hispano Deaf and Hard of Hearing. He is fluent in Peruvian Sign Language, Spanish, American Sign Language, and English.