Program II: Provost’s Development of ASL Communication Skill at RIT

Program II:

Provost’s Development of ASL Communication Skill at RIT

August 4-8, 2014

This program is now closed to applications.

The aim of this program, sponsored by the RIT Office of the Provost, is to enhance interactions among deaf and hearing members of the RIT community through development of participants’ ASL skills.  The program is administered by the office of ASL Training and Evaluation (ASLTE) at NTID.

Focus of Program II

Participants will:

  • Improve their ASL conversational skills
  • Increase their understanding of ASL grammar and discourse
  • Receive diagnostic feedback concerning their strengths and areas needing improvement
  • Develop a deeper understanding of Deaf culture and ASL use on the RIT campus

Prerequisite: successful completion of Program I: Provost Summer Intensive American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Experience, or equivalent ASL skill.

This is open to faculty and staff from all academic and non-academic areas of RIT, with the exception of the College of NTID.


The week long program starts from August 4 to 8, 2014 at Rosica Hall.

  • Monday, Aug. 4 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Aug. 5 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, Aug. 6 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, Aug. 7 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Friday, Aug 8 – 9:00 am – 12:00 noon


Program costs associated with this professional development experience will be assumed by the Institute. Lunch will be provided for full day sessions.
Selection Process

A total of 15 participants will be supported.  Every effort will be made to ensure that the selected participants represent a diversity of roles and areas within the RIT Community. Participants will be selected based on the following:

  • Interest in learning ASL, Deaf culture, and deaf and hearing interactions
  • Amount of consistent contact with D/deaf individuals within RIT
  • Rationale for how participant’s use and continued development of ASL would positively affect the RIT community
  • Ability to attend all Program II sessions

Program Expectations

Participants are expected to:

  • Regularly attend all sessions of the program listed above
  • Satisfy all training objectives
  • Serve as ongoing American Sign Language and deaf/hearing resources for colleagues in their home departments
  • Use, and continue to develop, their ASL skills following this program

Expected benefits of this program include greater cross-cultural exchange among hearing and D/deaf members of the RIT Community, as well as greater accessibility within the various units of RIT for D/deaf faculty, staff and students.