Marc Marschark


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. 

In 2002, the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf awarded Marschark the Edward Allen Fay Award, "in recognition of significant literary contributions to the field of deafness," named for a long-time Gallaudet University professor who was editor of the American Annals of the Deaf for 50 years. This year, he was awarded both the Superintendent's Award from the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and the Lyon Founder's Award from the Rochester School for the Deaf for his contributions to deaf education. 

Marschark's 2002 book, Educating Deaf Students: From Research to Practice (Oxford University Press, 2002), was written and published with colleagues Harry Lang and John Albertini, also of the NTID Department of Research. His most recent book, edited with Patricia Spencer from Gallaudet University is the Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies, Language, and Deaf Education. The volume has been selected by the American Library Association to appear on it's prestigious "Outstanding Titles of 2003" list to be published in the January issue of Choice. 

Marschark earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Cornell University and his master's degree in cognitive psychology and his Ph.D. in psycholinguistics from the University of Western Ontario, in Ontario, Canada. He also has a joint appointment as professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland in recognition of his contributions to teaching and research. 

Marschark is leading NTID in the following innovative research efforts concerning sign language interpreting in educational settings, and has recently received over $1.75 million in federal funding for his research:

  • In 2003, the National Science Foundation awarded RIT/NTID $883,883 for his research studying communication and technological barriers to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
  • In 2002, NSF awarded RIT/NTID $780,000 for his study of factors thought to influence deaf students' learning through sign language, and explore alternate technologies for communicating STEM information in the classroom. Both of the NSF grants are funded through the Research on Learning and Education (ROLE) program.
  • In addition, the National Institutes of Health recently awarded NTID Professor Marschark, a coveted $100,000 Shannon Award from its National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. This study will investigate the characteristics of sign language interpreters that foster academic success in deaf students and will explore the cognitive and linguistic changes in people who train to become sign language interpreters.