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Dr. Christina Yuknis to recieve Early Career Publication Award at the Council for Exceptional Children annual convention and expo in San Diego, CA on April 2015

Dr. Christina Yuknis is the recipient of the 2015 Early Career Publication Award. This award recognizes outstanding research publications by individuals who completed their doctorate within the last five years. Dr. Yuknis is an assistant professor of education at Gallaudet University. The following publication was nominated: Yuknis, C. (2014). A grounded theory of text revision processes used by young adolescents who are deaf. Exceptional Children, 80, 307-322.

 For the full list of Research Awards, visit online at 2015 Research Awards Announced

2015 Scholars Reception

The Scholars Reception, to honor students who were on the Dean's List and President's Scholars List during the spring and fall of 2014, will be held on April 2nd from 3-5 pm at Kendall Hotel.  Students who qualify should save the date.

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SEBHS Faculty Member Dr. Marilyn Sass-Lehrer Named a Keynote Speaker for the International Congress on the Education of the Deaf in Greece this Summer

Topic: Evidence Based-Practice in Early Intervention: The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating

Summary: Not long ago, early intervention professionals had little direction for working with young children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families. Little was known about child or family outcomes, and even less was known about early intervention program characteristics that facilitate child development and the family's ability to support them. Two recently published seminal documents addressing best practices in early intervention have shed much needed light on the question "What works in early intervention?"  These two documents have much in common, not only in the goals and principles identified, but also in their use of "evidence" to support their respective guidelines for best practices. While these significant documents have the potential to enhance the quality of services throughout the world, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. That is, consumers must be the ones who determine the extent to which the evidence makes sense to them and the guidelines are meaningful. This presentation will address the possibilities and cautions of using evidence-based practices across widely different populations of children and families and their cultural contexts. Five "evidence-based" practices from these documents will be discussed along with possible adaptations to this recipe that hold promise for successful outcomes for young deaf children and their families. 

Also, the following SEBHS faculty have been given travel awards to attend the ICED conference this year.

Department of Education
Marilyn Sass-Lehrer, ICED presenter
Bobbie Jo Kite
Amy Hile
Julie Mitchiner

Department of Government
Lon Kuntze
Catherine O'Brien

Department of Counseling 
Linda Lytle

Maguire Academy of Risk Management and Insurance

Why major in Risk Management and Insurance?
The importance of Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) has continued to rise in the aftermath of 9/11, hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, and other events. 

You are invited to learn more about the information! 
What: Maguire Academy of Risk Management and Insurance
When: March 5, 12:30-2 pm

Lunch will be provided. Please RVSP to Chardae Jenoure at

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News from the Government and Public Affairs Department

Marquez with other Government department faculty members

Dr. Frances Marquez received her ten year anniversary from the University during the Government and Public Affairs department meeting on February 12th.  

Two graduate students who are studying for a Master of Public Administration degree under the Dept. of Government and Public Affairs won the election for Graduate Student Association president and vice president! Keith Doane as Vice President and Phillip Steele as President, respectively.

It's On Us

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and this year's campaign theme focuses on sexual assault on college campuses: "It's Time to Act: Safer Campuses. Brighter Futures. Prevent Sexual Violence." The issue of sexual assault on college campuses is gaining more visibility than ever and many people, from student activists to the President of the United States, are taking action. Last fall, The White House launched an "It's On Us" initiative which asks men and women across America to make a personal commitment to be a part of the solution to combat campus sexual assault.

In recognizing SAAM, students in GSR 300.03, led by Kathryn "Kitty" Baldridge, will host a National Day of Action on April 7. The goal is to get the entire Gallaudet community involved. The vision of the class is to have every member of the campus community gather in the Field House for a group photo on that day wearing a 2015 Gallaudet "It's On Us" T-shirt.  

In addition to the National Day of Action, GSR 300.03 and Health and Wellness Programs will host a variety of educational and informative events for SAAM. A complete schedule will be announced when the calendar is finalized.

Preventing sexual assault takes more than one department, office, club, team, administrator, faculty member, staff member, or student. It takes all of us working together in big and small ways. Everyone must play a role in creating a culture of safety, equality, and respect on campus.

If you have any questions about the National Day of Action, please email

New Collaborative Agreement with Central Piedmont Community College

Back row (from left): Dr. Keith Cagle, associate professor in the Department of Interpretation; Dr. Melanie Metzger, chair of the Department of Interpretation; Dr. Isaac Agboola, interim dean of the School of Education, Business, and Human Services; Lisa Jacobs, director, Regional and National Outreach; Karen Sheffer, director, Gallaudet University Regional Center - Southeast; Tony Ellis, technical support specialist, Gallaudet Interpreting Service; Kaitlin Luna, coordinator of public and media relations, University Communications; and Laura Willey-Saunders, coordinator of transfer and articulation, Registrar's Office Photo: Zhee Chatmon/University Communications
Back row (from left): Dr. Keith Cagle, associate professor in the Department of Interpretation; Dr. Melanie Metzger, chair of the Department of Interpretation; Dr. Isaac Agboola, interim dean of the School of Education, Business, and Human Services; Lisa Jacobs, director, Regional and National Outreach; Karen Sheffer, director, Gallaudet University Regional Center - Southeast; Tony Ellis, technical support specialist, Gallaudet Interpreting Service; Kaitlin Luna, coordinator of public and media relations, University Communications; and Laura Willey-Saunders, coordinator of transfer and articulation, Registrar's Office

On December 5, Gallaudet established a collaborative agreement with Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte, N.C. The agreement allows CPCC students to transfer credits into Gallaudet's Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation program.

Dr. Hurwitz (pictured center) signed the articulation agreement after a joint ceremony with CPCC in which CPCC administrators and faculty participated remotely from their campus.

The partnership allows students in the two-year Associate in Applied Science degree in Interpretation Education program at CPCC to transfer credits into Gallaudet's four-year Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation (BAI) program. Students will live, study, and interact with deaf and hard of hearing people from the United States and abroad on Gallaudet's bilingual campus. 

Gallaudet is the only university in the world that offers both undergraduate (B.A.) and graduate degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) in interpretation studies within a sign language immersive environment. Gallaudet's recently renovated and award-winning interactive interpretation laboratories prepare students for a high-demand career through hands-on training in a variety of medical, business, education, and government settings.

"Our unique linguistic and cultural immersion is one of the many strengths of our interpretation degree programs," said Dr. Melanie Metzger, chair of the Gallaudet Department of Interpretation. "Our goal through this agreement is for CPCC graduates to earn a bachelor's degree at Gallaudet and then to take those skills with them throughout the country to provide high-quality interpretation services to the deaf and hard of hearing community." 

"CPCC is proud to be the first community college to enter into an articulation agreement with Gallaudet University's Bachelors in Interpreting Program, providing our students with a clear pathway to complete their four-year degree in ASL-English Interpreting. By further honing the fine skills acquired at CPCC, students who continue their studies at Gallaudet will enjoy increased employment and leadership opportunities, becoming practitioners who can serve the deaf and hard of hearing community in more challenging and advanced settings," said Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC President.

"As a deaf person who grew up with little to no access to interpreters, I understand the hardships many deaf and hard of hearing people face if they do not have a competent sign language interpreter present during doctor's appointments, in classes, and other important meetings," said Gallaudet President T. Alan Hurwitz. "This partnership is one of the ways our institutions are ensuring that deaf and hard of hearing people around the country receive adequate and quality interpreting services."

The need for skilled interpreters became an issue of international interest last December during the Nelson Mandela memorial service in South Africa. The service's official sign language interpreter did not interpret the speakers' comments into any discernable language and the global deaf community was outraged. Dr. Metzger and BAI program coordinator Dr. Keith Cagle were sought out by national media outlets such as CNN, USA TODAY, and The Washington Post to comment on the controversy.

"The Mandela service brought to the forefront a very serious issue deaf and hard of hearing people around the world face - a lack of qualified sign language interpreters," said Dr. Cagle. "We look forward to welcoming CPCC students to Gallaudet as they pursue their dreams of becoming professional interpreters. In the long run, skilled interpreters serve all of us, both hearing and deaf, by ensuring people communicate, interact, and work together successfully."

Graduates from Gallaudet's interpretation degree programs work in a variety of settings for organizations, individuals, and government agencies. Alumni have gone on to start their own businesses, receiving contract work in settings such as business, education, government, theatre, medicine, law, health care, and video relay. 

The interpretation classes are optimized for ASL medium teaching and classrooms are equipped to serve the needs of the rapidly advancing field of interpretation. The department's amenities include tools that allow for recording live and interactive interpreting role play, video conferencing for national and global collaboration among students and faculty, and private recording booths and central computer stations for individual and class activities. The department also houses the Center for the Advancement of Interpretation and Translation Research, which includes a library, filming rooms, video relay services (VRS) simulation center, and student research bays with video and statistical software.

2015 Deaf History Lecture Series - Dr. Isaac Agboola

Dr. Isaac Agboola, Interim Dean of the School of Education, Business, and Human Services (SEBHS) will give a lecture entitled, "Andrew Jackson Foster: The Man, the Vision, the 30-Year Uphill Climb, and his Legacy" on Wednesday, February 4, from 12-1 p.m. The location is TBA.

Faculty Development Week Schedule

1/12 - Teaching and Learning Development Day, MLC B111

  • Coffee/Tea Social 9:30-10 am. Morning Session, 10-11:30 am. Collaborative Academic Advising, led by Dr. Jerri Lyn Dorminy, Retention Coordinator In this interactive session, faculty will learn about Collaborative Academic Advising and its impact on retention and student satisfaction. Dr. Dorminy will give an overview of collaborative academic advising and research supporting its effectiveness. Faculty will reflect on their own beliefs about the nature and goals of the advising process and the appropriateness of collaborative academic advising to the Gallaudet student population. Faculty will also inventory their current advising practices and consider how they might incorporate collaborative academic advising strategies. Information on retention at Gallaudet and institutional resources to support academic advising will also be covered. The Director of Academic Advising and the Academic Advisors will be present to join us in the conversation.
  • Afternoon Session, 1-3 pm Collaborative Advising between Faculty and Student Affairs, facilitated by Dr. Jerri Lyn Dorminy, Retention Coordinator, and Dr. Jill Bradbury, Faculty Development Fellow The afternoon workshop is an opportunity for faculty, administrators, and Student Affairs staff to engage in constructive dialogue about the strengths and weaknesses in how we work together to support students' academic success. Our focus will be on how faculty and Student Affairs staff can work together productively when students are struggling in academics. We will identify problems and challenges to collaboration and generate positive solutions. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. for afternoon event participants

1/13 - Institutional Assessment Day, SLCC 1304

  • 9:45 - 10:45 am English Feedback Workshop led by Dr. Tonya Stremlau, English Center Coordinator: If the beginning of the semester has you already dreading the time spent giving feedback on papers, this is the workshop for you. Find out what writing teachers do to manage our mounds and mounds of papers. This workshop will cover topics such as structuring assignments to include feedback, how much feedback to give (and when), and what kinds of feedback are most likely to get student attention.
  • 11am - 12 pm Evaluating ASL Texts Workshop led by Dr. Kristin Mulrooney, Center for Bilingual Teaching and Learning Director: This workshop will give faculty an opportunity to evaluate ASL Texts using a rubric.  Participants will watch several ASL Texts produced for GSR 100 - GSR 400 level courses and evaluate these products. The goal to bring faculty together to further discuss what expectations faculty have for ASL Texts.

1/14 - GSR Development Day, 9 am - 12 pm, location TBA

  • Required for faculty teaching GSR courses. A variety of topics will be covered, including the GSR Handbook (Syllabus, Outcomes, Assessments) and GSR Total Package; Drafting and Writing Requirements, and the Written Communication Rubric; Drafting and ASL Requirements, and the ASL Presentation Rubric; Engaged Teaching and Learning; Credit Hour Policy and Contact Hours; Blackboard and Starfish. Coffee, tea, and refreshments served.

1/16 - Faculty Governance Retreat, 8:30 am - 4 pm, MPR

  • Agenda will be sent out next week.

Department of Interpretation promotes the need for educated and qualified sign language interpreters

Faculty from Gallaudet University's renowned Department of Interpretation recently participated in several high-profile media stories regarding the suspected credentials of a sign language interpreter at the memorial services for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Widening the Bottleneck: Training Highly Qualified Teachers to Serve Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Deaf Students.

Dr. Amy Hile, principal investigator, on award from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $248,526. The goals of the project are 1) to increase by 11 the quantity of culturally and/or linguistically diverse teachers, who are highly-qualified, dually licensed/certified (in general education and deaf education), with masters degrees and 2) to increase the quality of teacher preparation by providing campus-based course work in general education and deaf education founded upon contemporary knowledge of evidence-based practices and culturally-responsive classrooms. Innovative features include: dual licensing/certification; expansion of practica to include a wider continuum of settings with deaf and non-deaf children, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and those differently-abled; rigorous content; action research collaboration with faculty; instruction in maximizing effectiveness of cochlear implants and auditory technologies in dual language environments; digital literacy; and the use of teacher work samples to promote mentorship, and focused recruitment to decrease workforce disproportionality. For more information, click here.

Dual Certification Through a Hybrid Program of Studies: A Master of Arts Degree in School Counseling Combined with a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers, and their Families Collaboration and Leadership Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate.

 Congratulations to Dr. Lynda Lytle, principal investigator, on her award from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $221,546. This project seeks to increase the number of fully credentialed professional school counselors available to high-need deaf and hard of hearing children ages birth through 21, including those who are deaf-blind and those with secondary disabilities. Project scholars are professionals working in the field of deaf education, who come from all over the country and will impact changes nationally, in both rural and urban schools. The goals of the project are to increase the number of fully credentialed deaf and minority school counselors with multicultural competencies by making the MA degree more accessible through a hybrid program of studies and further enhance the qualifications of these scholars by giving them skills in collaboration and leadership to work with early intervention teams with deaf and hard of hearing infants, toddlers, and their families, through an interdisciplinary hybrid program of studies. For more information, click here.

Social Work Students go to the CRPD Hearing

Image: Women fingerspelling C R P DPhoto: Andrea Shettle
Social Work professor Barbara White (right) and master of social work students (from left) Brielle Perea Johnson, Bregitt Jiminez, and Margaret Gburek sign the acronym for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities treaty at a November 5 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to consider ratifying the treaty.

The CRPD is made up of guiding principles ensuring that people with disabilities enjoy full participation and inclusion in society, equality of opportunities, accessibility, and non-discrimination. A section in the CRPD refers to "recognizing and promoting the use of sign languages." Dr. White said the MSW students are working on strategies to encourage the U.S. Senate to ratify the CRPD treaty for a class project on community organizing. For more information and details on how to get involved in this effort, visit


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