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Deafness/Education/Leadership

Dr. Gerard J. Buckley

NTID President, RIT Vice President and Dean

Dr. Gerard Buckley has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, including more than 20 years serving in a variety of capacities at NTID. From 1990 to 1993, Buckley served as chairperson and assistant professor of the Department of Educational Outreach at NTID, followed by five years as director of NTID's Center for Outreach and assistant professor on the RIT/NTID Social Work Support Team. From 1998 to 2003, he served as NTID associate dean for student services, and held the position of NTID assistant vice president for college advancement with responsibility for the admissions, placement, marketing, and outreach operations of the college from 2004 until beginning his role as President of NTID and Vice President of RIT on January 1, 2011.

Dr. Buckley has maintained an active teaching portfolio over the past 20 years. He was awarded tenure in 1998. He has twice been awarded the NTID Faculty/Staff Humanitarian Award by the NTID Student Congress, and was named Distinguished Alumnus for NTID in 1985 and for RIT's College of Liberal Arts in 1996.

He has served as President of the Board of the American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association and as President of the Lexington School for the Deaf Board of Trustees in New York City. He also has served on the National Advisory Board of NIH's Institute on Deafness at the recommendation of Senator Robert Dole (retired).

Buckley holds a B.S.in Social Work from RIT/NTID, an M.S.W. from University of Missouri and an Ed.D. in Special Education from the University of Kansas.

He is a native of St. Louis, Mo. He and his wife, Judy, have three adult children and three grandchildren.

Contact: Susan Murad
(585) 475-6283

Deafness/Education/International

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James J. DeCaro
Director, PEN-International

James J. DeCaro is a past dean for the college, a post he held for 14 academic years, as well as a former Interim President of NTID. He is currently director of the Postsecondary Education Network International (PEN-International), a multilateral collaborative network of colleges and universities around the world that educate students who are deaf.

DeCaro is an Honorary Professor at Tinajin University of Technology (China) and holds an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Bauman Moscow State Technical University in Russia. In 2003, he received the HaiHe Award of Honour for outstanding service to the better the circumstances of the people of Tianjin, China.

DeCaro holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University in educational technology. He has worked at the university level in the field of deafness since 1971.

Contact: Susan Murad
(585) 475-6283

Cochlear Implants

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Catherine Clark

Cochlear Implant Program Coordinator  
Assistant Professor

Catherine Clark is NTID's Cochlear Implant expert, working with NTID's 100 students who have cochlear implants, a technology that changes and improves regularly. Catherine has presented and published in the areas of speech perception, speechreading, communication technologies and NTID's Cochlear Implant Program. Her bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences is from Bradley University and she earned a master's degree in Audiology at the University of Louisville. She also received cochlear implant training at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles, California.

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Contact: Susan Murad
(585) 475-6283

Learning, Cognition and Sign Language

Dr. Peter Hauser, expert in Learning, Cognition and Sign Language

Peter Hauser

Professor
Psychologist 
Director, Deaf Studies Laboratory

Hauser is a deaf clinical neuropsychologist who has published more than 30 articles and chapters on how deaf individuals learn.

His laboratory has received more than $1 million in federal funding and produces innovative research regarding visual cognitive, sign language and psychosocial aspects of the deaf experience.

He has developed ASL assessment instruments, validated psychological assessment instruments when used with deaf individuals and provides consultation on the forensic and clinical neuropsychological assessment of deaf individuals.

He is one of the executive leaders of the National Science Foundation Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning.

Hauser frequently presents his work at professional conferences, deaf educational programs and organizations nationally and internationally.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Philosophy from Central Connecticut State University; masters’ degrees in Psychology and Linguistics from Gallaudet University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Gallaudet.

Contact: Susan Murad
(585) 475-6283

Sign Language Interpreting/American Sign Language

Kim Brown Kurz

Professor
Chair, Department of American Sign Language and English Interpretation

  • Ph.D., University of Kansas, Lawrence, Special Education/Deaf Education; Minor: Speech, Hearing, and Language and ASL Linguistics
  • M.S., Rochester Institute of Technology, Career Counseling
  • B.S.W., Rochester Institute of Technology

Dr. Kurz, a lecturer, trainer, and co-author of the national standards for teaching American Sign Language, is the co-author of the American Sign Language and Deaf Culture series. Dr. Kurz is the primary author of Learning Outcomes for American Sign Language Skills: Levels 1-4 document published in New York. In addition to this project, she is a member of the American Sign Language Standards National Committee and served as a consultant for the Outcomes for Graduates of Baccalaureate Interpreter Preparation Programs Specializing in Interpreting in K-12th Grade Settings document. The title of 
Dr. Kurz's dissertation is A Comparison of Deaf Children's Comprehension in Direct Communication and Interpreted Education.

During Dr. Kurz's spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Christopher Kurz, and their four sons; attending their hockey, baseball, lacrosse, and soccer games; volunteering at Camp Mark Seven; walking/hiking; reading novels; and watching movies.

Specializations: 5 C's Theories and Applications, ASL National Standards, Educational Interpreting

Research, Child Development, Sign Language

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Marc Marschark

Professor  
Department of Research

The founder and editor of the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, Marschark has also published more than 100 articles and chapters, and written and edited eleven books about learning, education, and deaf children's development. Marschark is leading NTID in innovative research efforts concerning sign language interpreting in educational settings, and has recently received more than $1.75 million in federal funding for his research.

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Contact: Susan Murad
(585) 475-6283

Sign Language/Interpreting

NTID established the world's first ASL-English interpreter education program in 1969. Today, NTID also has the leading interpreting services program at both the associate and bachelor's level, and employs more than 130 interpreters who support the 1,200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students on the RIT/NTID campus in and out of the classroom.

Contact: Susan Murad
(585) 475-6283

Employment

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has heightened awareness about integrating deaf and hard-of-hearing people into the workplace. NTID's Employment Specialists work with employers to make that integration easy. Many employers find NTID students to be an untapped resource of skilled workers in technical and professional fields. To talk with employers or their workers who are deaf or hard of hearing, contact Susan Murad, (585) 475-6283.

Technology/Deafness

While TTY's are rarely used today, smartphones and other hi-tech gadgets are increasing in use by people who are deaf or hard of hearing. From Video Relay services, webcams and videophones, deaf and hard-of-hearing people communicate quite differently than in the past. NTID has a host of professionals that can speak to the latest advances in assistive technology for deaf and hard-of-hearing people in the classroom, on the job or at home.

Contact: Susan Murad
(585) 475-6283