Shirley Shultz Myers, Ph.D., is a professor of English and Director of the GU Honors Program. Her doctoral work was on the contemporary playwright Tom Stoppard, but, with an undergraduate major in Philosophy and wide-ranging interests in important contemporary ideas or discoveries and intellectual history, she understands that she has practiced for her current role as an interdisciplinarian. A complementary interest is critical thinking. She has presented and published in all of these areas. In addition, her long time interest in contemporary psychoanalytic theory as well as a certificate of both study and clinical training in psychodynamic psychology contributed to her work on hearing children of deaf adults. An interpreter for many years, Dr. Myers also has re-tooled herself or received training in English as a Second Language, journalism, emotional intelligence, literary theory, and Deaf Studies. Most recently she has published in the field of Deaf Studies and is continuing research and writing in this area.
Since 2001, Dr. Myers has served as Director of the GU Honors Program; in this capacity she has carried out the Honors mission of innovating ideas at Gallaudet, including summer reading; the first three years of faculty development in interdisciplinary studies; NSO Honors retreat; special regalia and recognition for University Honors graduates; various recruiting and retention ideas including proposing a re-configuration of scholarships to offer part only for those who are in Honors; and an Honors Capstone Coordinator focused on the capstone, student/Honors community development, and assessment. During her tenure, she is most proud of representing the heart of the university-academic excellence and the cultivation of
athletes of the mind.
Modern Drama; Psychoanalytic Psychology; Journalism; Writing (Non-Fiction); hearing children of deaf adults; Critical Thinking; Interdisciplinary Studies; Honors in Higher Education, and Deaf Studies.