Follow RITNEWS on Twitter Dr. Sara Schley has joined the Department of Research at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Schley comes to NTID from the Department of Special Education (Deaf Education Graduate Program) at Hunter College in New York. She has conducted research on young women’s attraction to and retention in science and math fields and on the relationship of family resources to language and cognitive development and fertility patterns across generations. Her dissertation research at Harvard University involved the bilingual language development-- American Sign Language (ASL) and written English--of elementary school children.

Schley received her Ed.D. in Human Development from Harvard; her M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Northeastern University; and her B.A. in Psychology from Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

"We’re delighted to have Dr. Schley join us," says Dr. John Albertini, chairperson of the Department of Research. "Her background in deaf education, careers for women, and language development will make her a key player in helping NTID accomplish both our institutional and national research missions."

Among Schley’s awards and fellowships are two Presidential Faculty Incentive and Teaching Awards and two Junior Faculty Development Awards from Hunter College. She has received numerous grants to conduct research into topics ranging from deaf children’s bilingual language proficiency in ASL and English to infant discrimination of ASL gestural classes, including a fellowship from the American Association of University Women.

The first and largest technological college in the world for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, NTID, one of eight colleges of RIT, offers educational programs and access and support services to the 1,100 deaf and hard-of-hearing students from around the world who study, live, and socialize with 14,000 hearing students on RIT’s Rochester, N.Y., campus. Web address: http://www/rit/edu/NTID. For more information on the Department of Research and its activities go to http://www.rit.edu/ntidresearch.

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