Michael Skyer

Michael Skyer

Lecturer

Since 2015, I have worked in the Master of Science program in Secondary Education of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (MSSE) educating and mentoring pre-service K-12 deaf educators. I also am a Ph.D. candidate in the Teaching and Curriculum program at the University of Rochester's Warner School.

I grew up in Rochester, New York, and graduated from RIT in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and in 2009 with a master’s degree in MSSE. I have taught in many settings, including as an instructor of composition and academic writing to deaf and hard-of-hearing students. My current research interests include aesthetic theory, deaf studies, disabilities studies, multimodal literacy, critical literacy, second language development, globalization and critical pedagogy. My work in second language development is an attempt to integrate the principles of fine arts into the discourses on postmodern literacy by way of deaf studies. Other topics that I find fascinating include teacher intensification (overloading), multiliteracies, qualitative research/ethnography, postmodernist/post-structural theory, and the uses of communicative technologies within globalized societies with an emphasis on critiquing of neoliberal educational policy.