Sheryl Cooper is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of the Deaf Studies Program at Towson University in MD. She was the founding coordinator of this program in 2000, and has been its coordinator since that time. She earned her Ph.D. from Gallaudet University in Educational Supervision and Administration, Master's degree from New York University in Deafness Rehabiliation, and Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Communication. She has been a certified interpreter since 1980, and taught in the Interpreter Preparation Program at the Community College of Baltimore County for 18 years. She is a member of RID, PCRID, NAD, the Maryland Association of the Deaf, the American Association of the Deafblind, and the Metro Washington Association of the Deafblind. She chaired the 2006 AADB Conference at Towson University.
A few short surveys published in 1982 and 1984 marked the beginning of research on teaching sign language in post-secondary institutions. In 1994-1995, this researcher collected data from over 300 colleges and universities where sign language was taught, providing a baseline of data on the structure, content, teaching, administration, and resources in post-secondary sign language programs. In 2004, she conducted a follow-up survey to see what changes had occurred in the 10-year interim, and she repeated the study again in 2016. This presentation will compare data across more than three decades, showing how ASL has emerged as an academic subject on campuses around the United States, and how this is impacted by the presence of Deaf teachers and administrators, and advances in technology and curricula. Data include descriptive and comparative information on institutions, faculty (gender, hearing status, age, minority status, teaching experience), program content and resources, administrative oversight, and more.
Dr. Sheryl Cooper
The Status of Sign Language Instruction in Institutions of Higher Education: 1982-2016
June 29 - 3:00 - Session B - Tag: Research