ASL Companion Volume

Co-Editors

Dr. Raychelle Harris

One of the co-editors of the ASL Companion volume for Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology textbook, Dr. Raychelle Harris received her BA in American Sign Language from Gallaudet University and MS in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College in 1995 and 2000, respectively. After working as a K-12 ASL specialist, Raychelle returned to Gallaudet University for her doctoral studies in education and linguistics, with her dissertation specifically studying ASL discourse within academic settings, graduating in 2010. She has been a faculty member at Gallaudet University with the Departments of Interpretation and ASL and Deaf Studies, preparing future interpreters and ASL teachers since 2008. Mentored (and infected) by the author of the Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology textbook, Dr. Donna M. Mertens, Raychelle continues to infect graduate students with love for research.

Raychelle’s contributions:  Introduction, Prologue and Chapter 1:  An Introduction to Research.

Felicia Williams

One of the co-editors of the ASL Companion volume for Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology textbook, Black Deaf Womxn, Felicia Williams received her BA in American Sign Language from Gallaudet University and MA in Sign Language Teaching from Gallaudet University in 2012 and 2013, respectively. After graduating from Gallaudet University, she was an adjunct faculty for GSR 103 and ASL2 Programs with the Department of ASL and Deaf Studies for two years. She is currently a faculty member at Gallaudet University with the Department of ASL and Deaf Studies, preparing emerging signers by fostering their language skills in order to develop academic compositions in ASL.  One of Felicia’s goals is to encourage others to develop more ASL/signed versions that will support bilingual/multilingual reading and composition strategies.

Felicia’s contributions:  Introduction and Chapter 2:  Evaluation.

Foreword Authors

Dr. MJ Bienvenu

A native ASL signer, originally from Baton Rouge, LA, Dr. MJ Bienvenu received her BA in English and MA in Linguistics from Gallaudet in 1974 and 1983, respectively before receiving her doctorate in 2003 from the Union Institute and University, in Linguistics.  She worked at Gallaudet in various departments; including Linguistics Research Lab and English.  MJ co-directed The Bicultural Center for 7 years. She later became a director of Language and Culture Center for 3 years before she came back to Gallaudet, as an ASL and Deaf Studies Department faculty member.  MJ has published numerous ASL and Deaf Culture videos and workbooks.  She also is an international speaker, presenting in Canada, Europe, Japan, Israel, and Cyprus on topics of Sign Language Instruction, Culture, Oppression and Empowerment, Cross-cultural Interactions and Interpretation.

Dr. Donna M. Mertens

Donna M. Mertens, PhD, is a retired professor who served in the Department of Education at Gallaudet University for 31 years; she also served as the editor of the Journal for Mixed Methods Research. The primary focus of her work is transformative mixed-methods inquiry in diverse communities that prioritizes ethical implications of research in support of human rights and social justice. Her recent books include Program Evaluation Theory and Practice: A Comprehensive Guide (authored with Amy Wilson),  Transformative Research and Evaluation, The Handbook of Social Research Ethics, Research and Evaluation in Education, Psychology: Integrating Diversity with Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods (4th ed.), and Indigenous Pathways into Social Research (co-edited with Fiona Cram and Bagele Chilisa).
Donna M. Mertens, PhD, is a retired professor who served in the Department of Education at Gallaudet University for 31 years; she also served as the editor of the Journal for Mixed Methods Research. The primary focus of her work is transformative mixed-methods inquiry in diverse communities that prioritizes ethical implications of research in support of human rights and social justice. Her recent books include Program Evaluation Theory and Practice: A Comprehensive Guide (authored with Amy Wilson),  Transformative Research and Evaluation, The Handbook of Social Research Ethics, Research and Evaluation in Education, Psychology: Integrating Diversity with Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods (4th ed.), and Indigenous Pathways into Social Research (co-edited with Fiona Cram and Bagele Chilisa).

Chapter Authors

Joseph “JD” Davis

Joseph Davis, also known as JD, graduated from Gallaudet University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in ASL Studies and Master’s in Sign Language Education in 2014. He is currently an instructor at the Deaf Division at Ohlone College. He teaches ASL classes at Newark Memorial High School and an ASL Family class night at California School for the Deaf in Fremont. He strives to be one of the best ASL storytellers and aims to document more ASL Literature from all over the country to share with the community.

JD’s contribution – Chapter 12: Data Collection.

Frank Griffin

A native ASL signer born to a hearing family, Frank Griffin developed his passion for teaching language at a very young age. During Frank’s undergraduate studies for his Bachelors in Economics, Frank became very involved in the Interpreter Preparation program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, giving him more opportunities to teach. After graduating from UNC-G in 2002, Frank went into the business section. When the Masters in Sign Language Education program was established at Gallaudet University, Frank left the business section to go back into education. After completing his Masters’ studies in 2012, Frank has been a faculty member with Gallaudet’s ASL & Deaf Studies department. Frank’s interests include online pedagogy, innovative technologies and new trends of learning.

Frank’s contribution: Chapter 13: Data Analysis Interpretation and Use.

Ketsi Hottle

A Wisconsin native, Ketsi Hottle moved to Minnesota during her sophomore year and graduated from Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (MSAD) in 2002. She then graduated in 2006 from Pillsbury Bible College with a Bachelor’s degree in Bible Study. She grew up participating in countless choirs and musicals, signing songs. After college, Ketsi moved to Texas with her husband and four children. She is currently invested in developing her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Syncwithasl, producing original ASL poetry and translated ASL songs.

Ketsi’s contribution: Chapter 7: Single-Case Research.

Geo Karthesier

Mr. Kartheiser received his B.S. in advertising and public relations from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is currently a student in Gallaudet University’s groundbreaking PhD Program in Educational Neuroscience (PEN). He has assisted research on a variety of topics that include but not are not limited to visual attention, brain plasticity, and signed language assessment tools. His research investigates the impact of signed language as a second language on cognition and explores how scientists can improve their relationship with the public.

Geo’s contribution: Chapter 10: Mixed Methods Research.

Amber Marchut

A Philadelphia native, Amber Marchut received a BS in biology and a MS in secondary education for deaf students from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2002 and 2005. Upon completion, she moved to Santa Fe, NM and worked at NMSD for two years, teaching science and mathematics. She then taught science at Model Secondary School for the Deaf for six years. Amber entered Gallaudet University in 2011 as a doctoral student in Critical Studies in the Education of Deaf Learners and currently is working on her dissertation, focusing on science education and college retention. She also works as an adjunct professor and hopes to obtain her doctorate degree in 2016.

Amber’s contribution: Chapter 8: Qualitative Methods.

John Moore, Jr.

John Moore Jr. graduated from Gallaudet University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. He returned to graduate school in 2010, majoring in Deaf Education and Sign Language Education. He graduated from Gallaudet with his Masters in 2014 and is currently an ASL tutor at Austin Community College and the Head Football Coach at Texas School for the Deaf. He also works as an Deaf Interpreter and is working on his certification.

John’s contribution: Chapter 9: History and Narrative Study of Lives.

Jodi A. Oates

Jodi Oates is currently working as an American Sign Language (ASL) Adjunct Professor & as Lab Tutor IV at Austin Community College (ACC) in Austin, Texas. Concurrently with ACC employment, she works as an ASL Mentor at University of Texas (UT) in Austin, Texas in serving student-athletes. On the side, she works as a filmmaker of a new ASL curriculum for ACC’s ASL program. She also works with a University of Texas PhD student researching ASL Fingerspelling. In the past, she has taught ASL for Educare of Texas, working with students who have developmental disabilities and evaluating their progress. Currently, she is Vice-president of the Texas School for the Deaf Alumni Association.

Jodi’s contribution: Chapter 3: Literature Review and Focusing the Research.

De’Lasha Singleton

De’Lasha Singleton, a native of Austin, TX, is a social justice activist, collectivist, lactivist and freelance photographer. She is an alumni of Texas School for the Deaf ’08 and Gallaudet ’14 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is the co-founder of Together All in Solidarity (TAS) with Stephanie “Najma” Johnson. She has also serves additional roles for the community including public relations coordinator for the Austin Black Deaf Advocates and peer advisor coordinator for the Youth Empowerment Summit (Y.E.S!). She believes in the healing of the DDBDDHH (Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisability and Hard of Hearing, especially all umbrella of queer, Trans, Black Indigenous People of Color, Class, Non-christian religions, undocumented and other marginalized identities) community by recognizing the systemically oppressive behaviors and the needs to eradicate them.

De’Lasha’s contribution: Chapter 11: Sampling.

Adam Stone

Adam Stone is a student in the Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) Program at Gallaudet University and a research assistant with the Petitto Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging (BL2) and the NSF Science of Learning Center, Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2). Originally from San Diego, he received a B.S. in professional and technical communications from Rochester Institute of Technology and a M.A. in ASL-English Bilingual Education from University of California, San Diego. A former elementary school teacher, he now studies the neurobiology of language and literacy acquisition in infants and young children and how the brain’s establishment of visual sign phonological representations can have an advantageous impact on young deaf visual learners’ reading success.

Adam’s contribution: Chapter 4: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research.

Jose-Ovi Velasquez

Jose-Ovi Velasquez, received his Bachelor’s in Communication Studies from Gallaudet University and Master’s in Deaf Education/American Sign Language Studies from Lamar University. He is currently a doctorate student in Education Leadership at Lamar University and a lecturer for American Sign Language courses at Sam Houston State University for the past four years. He is involved in the Deaf Latino Organization and continues to study on directing Deaf Hispanic Children on the use of American Sign Language. He had served on many Deaf Organization such as Texas Association for the Deaf (TAD), National Association for the Deaf, and National Council of Hispano Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Jose-Ovi’s contribution: Chapter 6: Survey Methods.

Erica Wilkins

Erica Wilkins is currently pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Gallaudet University, where her research focuses on the role of technology in appropriate assessment techniques for deaf people. She is also a Research Assistant for Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2), where she works with the translation team in order to apply research findings to the classroom. At VL2, she is also a part of the Student Leadership Team, where she enjoys learning from her peers.

Erica’s contribution: Chapter 5: Causal Comparative and Correlational Approaches.

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