Dr. Raychelle Harris
  • Ph.D, Gallaudet University, Deaf Education; concentration area: Linguistics
  • M.S., Western Maryland College, Deaf Education
  • B.A., Gallaudet University, American Sign Language Studies
Short Biography

: A slim white woman with brown long hair, small dangling earrings, tiny necklace and gray cardigan is signing in ASL. The background is black.

Video transcript: Hello! I'm Raychelle Harris. I'm a faculty member at Gallaudet University. Originally with the Department of Interpretation for one year, from 2008 - 2009. Then from 2009 to now, I've been with the Department of ASL and Deaf Studies.

I graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Gallaudet University in 1995, majoring in Sign Communication. The degree name now has been changed to American Sign Language. I eventually received my Masters degree from McDaniel College in Deaf Education in 2000. I worked many different jobs, mostly teaching high school and college second language learners of ASL. I also worked in Deaf K-12 schools as an ASL specialist teaching primary language learners, also known as first language (L1). Later on, I decided to return back to school for more schooling, studying for a doctorate in Deaf Education at Gallaudet University.

My dissertation topic was focused on academic discourse within academic settings. What does ASL look like in an academic setting? Particularly in preschool? It was a captivating study.


Transcript, continued: My teaching and research interests are primarily focused in the areas of teaching and learning. In the classroom, I'm interested in how languages are taught and the methodology used to teach languages. I'm also interested in how language assessment is done, and the methods involved in the process. Not only that, I'm also interested in curriculum development and making the curriculum tailored to the students of today. Another fascination for me is the use of technology within ASL classrooms, including how to teach online ASL courses. Research methods, social justice and ethics of working with the Deaf community is another area of interest. Not only that, I'm also interested in specialized discourses. There are many of them. One classic example is ASL in academic settings. What does it look like?

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