Signing Science: Academic Leadership in Deaf Spaces - An Interview with Bob Hoffmeister

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The final interview in our Signing Science series is with Dr. Bob Hoffmeister, associate professor emeritus at Boston University. Bob was the director of the Center for Study of Communication and the Deaf, where his research focused on the acquisition of American Sign Language (ASL) by Deaf children; Deaf people as a bilingual/bicultural minority group; problems in the education of the Deaf; the effects of implementing public laws on Deaf children; and the improvement of interactions between hearing parents and their Deaf children. Bob has been the creator and designer of the American Sign Language Assessment Instrument (ASLAI), a comprehensive measure of language knowledge in Deaf students from age 4 to 18 years. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, an M.Ed. from the University of Arizona, and his B.S. (magna cum laude) from the University of Connecticut.
Bob will be interviewed by Dr. Ben Bahan, director of the Gesture Literacy Knowledge Studio, and professor of Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University. Bob and Ben are longtime friends, collaborators and shipmates. Time will be reserved at the end of the interview for questions from the audience.

Signing Science: Academic Leadership in Deaf Spaces is a series of interviews with research leaders who have founded successful research programs that include, develop and promote deaf students, trainees, staff and faculty. Through these interviews, we hope to be able to promote thought and discussion about what it means to be a deaf-centered research leader across a range of academic disciplines.

Presentation in ASL. Interpreting and captioning services have been requested. This session will be recorded. This series was made possible through an RIT Provost’s Leadership Opportunity Grant. For more information, contact Matthew Dye (

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When and Where
August 23, 2022
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Room/Location: Zoom webinar

Open to the Public

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