The award was made at the recent opening ceremonies of a multimedia high technology instruction laboratory at the university, which DeCaro was instrumental in developing. In making the appointment, university president Li Jun cited DeCaro's contributions to educating deaf people, including his 14-year stint as dean for NTID. DeCaro joined NTID in 1971; he served as dean from 1985 to 1998 and assumed the directorship of PEN-International in 2001 after serving as a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Sweden.
"I look forward to utilizing this appointment to constructively work with my faculty colleagues at Tianjin University of Technology to strengthen and promote the work of PEN-International in China and around the world," DeCaro said.
PEN-International is a multilateral international effort to network colleges and universities that educate people who are deaf. PEN-International uses innovative educational and information technologies as well as faculty training and development strategies to help improve the postsecondary education of people who are deaf. Over the next four years, PEN-International expects to be working in at least 10 different countries. PEN-International is funded in large part by a grant from The Nippon Foundation of Japan.
The first and largest technological college in the world for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, NTID offers educational programs, access, and support services to the 1,100 deaf and hard-of-hearing students on the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Rochester, N.Y., campus. For further information, visit NTID’s homepage at http://www.rit.edu/NTID.