A graduate of the Alabama School for the Deaf in Talladega, Alabama. In 1977, she completed a BA degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Work, and a MA degree in Counseling of the Deaf in 1979 both from Gallaudet (College) University. Dr. McCaskill successfully defended her dissertation in January, 2005. From 1979-1996, Dr. McCaskill has held several positions as a residence and high school counselor at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf and a counselor at the Houston Community College System. She was also a career counselor at the Gallaudet University and Coordinator of Minority Achievement and Multicultural Program for Pre-college Programs at Gallaudet University. She is currently an Associate Professor in the ASL & Deaf Studies Department at Gallaudet University and has been teaching since 1996. Carolyn has conducted numerous seminars and workshops related to multicultural issues in the Deaf community, and Black Deaf history community, and culture. Dr. McCaskill is a recipient of the Thomas and Julia Mayes Award 2005. She also was selected as a Diversity Fellows in the Provost office in 2006. Dr. McCaskill is a co-author of "The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL" published in 2011. Carolyn resides in Largo, Maryland and she is a proud mother of two sons, Jamel McCaskill and Deron Emerson.