Jodie Ackerman

Jodie Ackerman


  • M.S., Gallaudet University, Leisure Services Administration, 2007
  • Certification, Gallaudet University, Management, 2007
  • B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology, Information Systems, 1997

Prior to joining the faculty at National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Jodie taught at Bloomsburg University and Lamar University. She taught courses at all levels of ASL; Deaf Culture; ASL Literature; Introduction to Deaf Studies; DeafBlind Interpreting; and Deaf Culture independent studies. She also supervised Pre-Interpreting Field Experience and Practicum. In addition, Jodie developed a new ASL VI course and revised several other courses, including ASL I & II, Deaf Culture, and ASL Literature.

Jodie is currently pursuing an Ed.D degree in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education from Lamar University with a focus on the lived-in experiences of Deaf Women Breast Cancer Survivors.

Jodie’s major academic interests include teaching ASL as a first and second language, Deaf Culture, and DeafBlind Interpreting, as well as her research in Deaf Women Breast Cancer Survivors.

In her current position, she teaches ASL courses to students in RIT’s Modern Languages and Culture ASL program. In addition, she serves on the ASL I and ASL Conversational Practice core teams.

Jodie enjoys skydiving, skiing, reading, watching movies, and spending time with her partner.