Rebecca Murray of Great Meadows, New Jersey, has joined Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf as the Virtual Academic Community manager in the Center on Access Technology.
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Virtual Academic Community (VAC) is hosted by the Deaf STEM Community Alliance and supported by a National Science Foundation grant, RIT/NTID, Camden County College and Cornell University. The VAC is an online community to support the learning needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Murray has more than six years of teaching experience. She has worked as a teacher for the deaf at the Florida School for the Deaf, Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, St. Mary’s School for the Deaf and the West Irondequoit School District. She has been an adjunct instructor for RIT since 2013, and taught classes with first-year students.
She earned bachelor’s degrees in Deaf Education and Elementary Education from Flagler College in Florida. In 2012 Murray earned her master’s degree in Secondary Education of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students from RIT/NTID.
“We are fortunate to have someone with Rebecca’s skills and experience on board with the VAC venture,” said Gerry Buckley, president of NTID and vice president and dean of RIT. “She serves as a role model for deaf and hard-of-hearing students throughout the alliance who are interested in the STEM disciplines.”