Dr. Shirin Antia, Meyerson Distinguished Professor of Disability and Rehabilitation, Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies(DPS), College of Education has directed the program in education of DHH since 1980. She teaches masters- and doctoral-level courses in the areas of language development of exceptional students, inclusion, and research. She has over 30 years of experience in the development and administration of grants, having been the principal or co-principal investigator of eight federal personnel preparation grants and three federal research grants. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, the primary research journal in education of DHH individuals. She has been a board member of the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED), served as the president of the Association of College Educators-Deaf/Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH) and is actively involved in professional preparation activities. She is the author of numerous articles and chapters on social interaction, social integration, and inclusion of DHH students. She is currently a co-principal investigator of the Center for Literacy and Deafness, a research center funded by the Institute of Educational Sciences. She is Asian-American and has considerable international and inter-cultural experiences in special education. Dr. Antia has been honored as a UA CoE Erasmus Scholar, and received the Sister Mary Delaney award from ACE-DHH for her professional contribution to the field.


Columbia University, Teachers College

Angel Ye Wang |

Ye Wang is an associate professor and the Program Coordinator for Education of the d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing (EDHH) Program in the Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University. Her primary research interest is the language and literacy development of students who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing. Her other research and scholarly interests include multiple literacies, technology and literacy instruction, inclusive education, research methodology and early intervention.


The Ohio State University

Peter Paul |

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Peter V. Paul, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education & Human Ecology at The Ohio State University.  He has a bilateral, profound hearing loss, but now wear bilateral cochlear implants, and is the father of a son, who has Down syndrome and autism.  One of his major professional responsibilities is teacher preparation for the education of d/Deaf and hard of hearing students.

Dr. Paul's research interests involve the areas of English language and literacy, and he has more than 200 publications, including eight different scholarly texts.  He has served on several editorial boards, including those in the general area of reading (Reading Research Quarterly; Balanced Reading Instruction), and is the current editor of the American Annals of the Deaf.  Dr. Paul has received the College of Education 2000 Senior Research Award, the Richard and Laura Kretschmer National Leadership Award (Ohio School Speech Pathology Educational Audiology Coalition, October 2010), a Resolution of Recognition from the Ohio House of Representatives November, 2011, and Ohio AER Special Recognition Award, November 2014.

University of North Carolina - Greensboro

Claudia Pagliaro | 

Claudia M. Pagliaro, Ph.D. is a Professor in Specialized Education Services and Coordinator of the B-12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Preparation Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with more than 25 years’ experience in Deaf Education. She holds a B.S. in Deaf Studies and Ed.M. in Education of the Deaf from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in Deaf Education (Curriculum) from Gallaudet University.Prior to earning her doctorate, she taught deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) students at the elementary level. Dr. Pagliaro’s research agenda focuses on the mathematics instruction and learning of DHH students, most recently understanding pre-school children’s development of numeracy and the influence of parent mediation. Dr. Pagliaro has more than 50 publications in book chapters and top journals and has presented both nationally and internationally.


University of Minnesota

Susan Rose |

Susan Rose is a professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Educational Psychology.  Over the past five decades, her teaching and research has focused on improving information access and literacy for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. He has co-authored three textbooks and has been awarded more than five million dollars in grant money to support the U of M’s program in teacher preparation and technology development. He work includes the revision of a reading series, Reading Milestones (2nd, 3rd and 4th ed.), the establishment the U of M’s  American Sign Language Program as a world language, and -with her colleagues –the development of computer based technology  tools that are used nationally for instruction and progress monitoring, including Avenue:ASL , Avenue:PM and CBM webinars.


Vanderbilt University

Anne Marie Tharpe |

Dr. Anne Marie Tharpe is Professor and Chair, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Tharpe’s research interests are in the area of pediatric hearing loss.  Specifically, she works primarily on three topics – the impact of hearing loss on various aspects of child development, special needs of children with hearing loss and additional disabilities, and the development of hearing in infants.  Dr. Tharpe has published extensively in national and international professional journals, has published numerous books and book chapters, and has presented to over 250 audiences around the world on pediatric audiology issues. She is co-editor with Dr. Richard Seewald of The Comprehensive Handbook of Pediatric Audiology; the 2nd edition will appear in 2016.


Washington University in St. Louis

William Clark |

Dr. William Clark is the Director of the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences (PACS) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, where he also holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and the Department of Education.  The PACS program trains teachers of the deaf, audiologists, and research scientists.   Prior to his appointment in the School of Medicine, Dr. Clark was a Senior Research Scientist and Director of Professional Services at the Central Institute for the Deaf and served concurrently as the Chairman of the Department of Speech and Hearing at Washington University. 
His work on noise-induced hearing loss encompasses laboratory studies of exposure in animal subjects, and field surveys of exposure and hearing loss both within and outside the workplace.  Dr. Clark has published over 80 papers on the effects of noise on hearing and has co-authored several book chapters and a textbook titled “Anatomy and Physiology of Hearing for Audiologists” published in 2008.
Dr. Clark is active in numerous professional organizations.  He has served as vice-president of the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), Executive Council member of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO), and as a member of the technical committee on noise of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA).  He has also served as the technical consultant on noise to the Subcommittee of the Medical Aspects of Noise of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, to the National Academy of Sciences, and to the World Health Organization.  At Washington University in St. Louis, he served as Chair of the Faculty Senate Council from 2012-2015, and he received the 2011 School of Medicine’s Distinguished Educator Award for Graduate Student Teaching.


University of Tennessee - Knoxville

David Smith |

David Smith has been an associate professor and director of the Center on Deafness at the University of Tennessee since August 2011. Prior to this, he was the director of the deaf education program at Fresno State.  Smith also has been involved in a career as an educator of the deaf and hard of hearing that spans more than twenty five years in a variety of settings and age groups.. He brings his experience as a deaf individual, mentor, and team member to the NLCSD with great enthusiasm.





John Luckner |

John Luckner, Ed.D. is a professor in the School of Special Education, the coordinator or the Special Education: Deaf/Hard of Hearing program and the Director of Research and Evaluation for the Bresnahan-Halstead Center for Disabilities at the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Luckner was a teacher of students who are DHH for nine years; five years in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and four years in the United States Virgin Islands. Dr. Luckner served as a Director of the National Center on Low-Incidence Disabilities (NCLID), a Co-Project Director for two U.S. Department of Education Preparation of Leadership Personnel grants, the Project Coordinator for a U.S. Department of Education Longitudinal Research Grant, as well as the Project Director for five personnel preparation grants. In addition, he has been the Principal Investigator for three Colorado Department of Education research and training projects. Dr. Luckner is the author or co-author of more than eighty referred juried articles, five books and one test. He has made numerous national and international presentations. He is an active member of the American Education Research Association (AERA), and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). 



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