M.A., University of Northern Colorado, English, 1989
B.A., Colorado College, English, 1985
Dirksen Bauman received degrees in English from Colorado College (BA 1985), University of Northern Colorado (MA 1989), and Binghamton University, State University of New York (PhD, 1998) where his dissertation explored ASL poetry within the context of 20th century American poetics. He taught English at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf for two years (1994-1996). Dirksen then moved to Gallaudet University where he taught in the Department of English for 3 years. In 1999, he was hired to teach in the Deaf Studies department. He has published articles on ASL literature, autobiographical practices, audism and bioethics. He is the co-editor of the book/DVD project, Signing the Body Poetic: Essays in American Sign Language Literature with Jennifer Nelson and Heidi Rose (U of California P, 2006) and editor of Open Your Eyes: Deaf Studies Talking (U of Minnesota P, 2008), and co-editor of Deaf Gain: Raising the Stakes for Human Diversity (U of Minnesota P, 2014) with Joseph Murray. He is coauthor of Transformative Conversations: A Guide to Mentoring Communities among Colleagues in Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 2013) He is also a producer and co-director of the film (with Ben Bahan and Facundo Montenegro) of Audism Unveiled. He currently serves as Department Chair.