Mr. Geoff Whitebread began working in the Honors Program in 2004. His responsibilities include Honors Admissions and Orientation, Honors First Year Seminar, Honors Capstone, Honors Assessment, and the day-to-day supervision of student workers.
Mr. Whitebread has the unique experience of teaching the Capstone proposal course eleven times since he started teaching at Gallaudet University. The breadth of his experience allows him to tailor each student's Honors Capstone experience to their unique goals. Mr. Whitebread has helped students and professors develop projects in such diverse fields as Chemistry, Biology, Education, English, Creative Writing, Interpreting, American Sign Language, Deaf Studies, History, Government, Sociology, Theater, Psychology, and Linguistics. Many of these projects that involve research on human subjects have been approved by the Institutional Review Boards of numerous educational or research institutions, and include professional-level qualitative, quantitative, and experimental research designs. Students were able to publish their projects or use their projects as a foundation for research in graduate school.
While Mr. Whitebread brings a unique perspective to each of these projects, these projects involve essential contributions from students' faculty committees, the Honors Council, and the other instructors in the Capstone process. These projects would not be possible without them or the dedication and intelligence of the students in Capstone.
In addition to his work in furthering undergraduate research and scholarship, Geoff also serves on several university-wide committees including the Self-Directed Major committee, the Assessment Council, the Honors Council, and the Middle States Accreditation Steering. Geoff also developed and co-teaches the graduate school preparation course, wherein faculty work with highly capable students to develop applications for graduate school.
Geoff came to Gallaudet University as a new signer in 2000 and graduated with Honors in 2004 writing a widely read piece on the possible existence of stuttering in ASL. In addition to University Honors, he graduated with a B.A. in Psychology before going on to receive a M.A. in Linguistics. Geoff is currently working on his Ph.D. in Political Science with a concentration in statistical methods at The George Washington University. He continues his research in sign language stuttering.
Political Science; Languages and Linguistics; American Politics; Political Psychology; Political Linguistics; Personality; Racism; Sign Language Stuttering and Disfluencies; Social Science Research Methods (Quantitative and Qualitative); Undergraduate Research & Scholarship; Honors Capstones/Senior Theses; Honors Pedagogy; Program and Learning Evaluation & Assessment for Honors; Student Learning Assessment; Emotional Intelligence; First Year Experience; Student Development; Online Teaching.