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Deirdre Schlehofer

Associate Professor
Department of Cultural and Creative Studies
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Deirdre Schlehofer

Associate Professor
Department of Cultural and Creative Studies
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Instructional/Support Faculty

Education

BA, University of Alaska; M.Phil., University of Bristol (United Kingdom); Ed.D., University of Rochester

Currently Teaching

SOCI-240
3 Credits
This course is an introductory survey of Deaf culture in the United States. Students will study the scholarly literature pertaining to various social groups in the Deaf community and have contact with their members. This course will familiarize students with the characteristics of Deaf Culture, as well as general perceptions of the Deaf community within the dominant mainstream society.
HIST-335
3 Credits
Deaf history, as a field, has often neglected the story of deaf women. Scholar Arlene B. Kelly has recently asked, Where is deaf herstory? This course seeks to correct that gender imbalance in deaf history. We will study deaf women's history. This will include a consideration of deaf-blind women, as well, as women like Helen Keller were often the most famous deaf women of their era. But this course also seeks to look at the role of hearing women in deaf history. Hearing women dominated the field of deaf education in the late nineteenth century. They had a tremendous impact on the lives of deaf children and the events of deaf educational history. Hearing women were also important figures in deaf history as mothers. As mothers of deaf children, hearing women were frequently asked to behave as teachers in the home. Their embrace of this role often led them to endorse oral education, and oppose the sign language. Hearing mothers in this way were pitted against their adult deaf daughters, who frequently went on to learn sign language against their mothers' wishes. The historically complex relationship between women and the deaf community will be explored in this course.
MLAS-351
3 Credits
Students in this course will be introduced to the study of American Sign Language in terms of its linguistic structure and use. In particular, students will learn to analyze the basic features of ASL phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics/discourse In addition, research related to variation in ASL and acquisition of ASL will also be reviewed. Instruction is in ASL (an interpreter will not be provided).
WGST-335
3 Credits
Deaf history, as a field, has often neglected the story of deaf women. Scholar Arlene B. Kelly has recently asked, Where is deaf herstory? This course seeks to correct that gender imbalance in deaf history. We will study deaf women's history. This will include a consideration of deaf-blind women, as well, as women like Helen Keller were often the most famous deaf women of their era. But this course also seeks to look at the role of hearing women in deaf history. Hearing women dominated the field of deaf education in the late nineteenth century. They had a tremendous impact on the lives of deaf children and the events of deaf educational history. Hearing women were also important figures in deaf history as mothers. As mothers of deaf children, hearing women were frequently asked to behave as teachers in the home. Their embrace of this role often led them to endorse oral education, and oppose the sign language. Hearing mothers in this way were pitted against their adult deaf daughters, who frequently went on to learn sign language against their mothers' wishes. The historically complex relationship between women and the deaf community will be explored in this course.

Select Scholarship

Uninvited Presentations
Bempong, Jane, Deirdre Schlehofer, and Octavian Robinson. "Undocumented Voices of Deaf Women Leaders: A Historical Analysis." NTID\'s Student Research Fair. NTID. Rochester, NY. 13 Apr. 2018. Poster Session.
Schlehofer, Deirdre, Octavian Robinson, and Jane Bempong. "Gendering Deaf President Now! Women in Higher Education." RIT ASL and Deaf Studies Community Center. Department of Cultural & Creative Studies. Rochester, NY. 6 Apr. 2018. Lecture.
Bempong, Joan, et al. "Women, Deaf Culture and Health Literacy: Examining the Gap between Deaf andHearing College Students." NTID's Student Research Fair. NTID. Rochester, NY. 13 Apr. 2018. Poster Session.
Tyler, Isaiah J. and Deirdre Schlehofer. "Preliminary Analysis of Second Language (L2) Learners’ Discrimination of Phonological Contrasts in ASL." 2016 Scholarship Symposium. National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Rochester, New York. 21 Jan. 2016. Poster Session.
Bempong, Joan and Deirdre Schlehofer (Faculty Mentor). "Identifying Barriers and Perceptions Regarding Health Among Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Female College Students." 25th RIT Undergraduate Research Symposium. RIT. Rochester, NY. 5 Aug. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Binggeli, Tatjana, Denise Thew Hackett, and Deirdre Schlehofer. "Health Disparities in Deaf Communities: Achieving Health Equity Beyond 2015." XVII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf. WFD. Istanbul, TURKEY. 31 Jul. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Schlehofer, Deirdre. "Human Rights and Global Health for Deaf Women." 7th International Deaf Academics and Researchers Conference. University of Leuven. Leuven, BELGIUM. 7 Feb. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Schlehofer, Deirdre. "Valli's Hands" in American Sign Language." Understanding American Sign Language (ASL) Literature as Part of a Minority Study Program: 130th Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention. MLA. Vancouver, BRITISH COLUMBIA. 10 Jan. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Schlehofer, Deirdre. "Health Rights for and by Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Women." 54th Biennial Wisconscin Association of the Deaf (WAD) Conference "The Difference is You". WAD. Milwaukee, WI. 20 Jun. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Schlehofer, Deirdre. "Feminism in the Deaf World." American Sign Language (ASL) Club/Deaf Awareness Week. University of Rochester. Rochester, NY. 23 Apr. 2015. Lecture.
Conama, John Bosco, et al. "The Role of Deaf Scholarship in Deaf Activism and Deaf Politics." Panel on Deaf Politics: 7th International Deaf Academics and Researchers Conference. Deaf Academics/University of Leuven. Leuven, BELGIUM. 7 Feb. 2015. Lecture.
Boling, Leisa, et al. "The Roots of ASL E-Curriculum." Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT). CIT. Portland, OR. 30 Oct. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Schlehofer, Deirdre. "Human Rights and Global Health: Deaf Women Overcoming Challenges." Canada Deaf Women's Conference. Canada Deaf Women (CDW). Montreal, Canada. 18 Jul. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Book Chapter
Bochner, Joseph, et al. "Method and Materials For A Computer-Based Test of Sign Language Ability: The American Sign Language Discrimination Test (ASL-DT)." "New Research on Sign Language." Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, 2017. 57-82. Print.
Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation
Owens, Kristina, et al. "Women, Deaf culture and Health Literacy: Examining the Gap Between Deaf and Hearing College Students." Proceedings of the Women's Health 2017: The 25th Annual Congress. Ed. Journal of Women's Health. Washington, DC: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc..
Panko, Tiffany, et al. "Cancer Diagnosis, Knowledge, and Prevention Among Deaf Women in the 2015-2016 National Health Interview Survey." Proceedings of the Rochester Summer Research Training Institute, June 2017, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY. Ed. University of Rochester and National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Rochester, NY: n.p..
Kushalnagar, Poorna, et al. "PROMIS-ASL: Patient Reported Outcomes Measure for Deaf/HH Adults." Proceedings of the 23rd International Society for Quality of Life Research, October 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark. Ed. ISOQOL. Copenhagen, Denmark: n.p..
Journal Paper
Schlehofer, Deirdre and Isaiah J. Tyler. "Errors in Second Language Learners'Production of Phonological Contrasts in American Sign Language." International Journal of Language and Linguistics 3. 2 (2016): 30-38. Print.
Schenkel, Lindsay S., et al. "Child Maltreatment and Trauma Exposure Among Deaf and Hard of Hearing Young Adults." Child Abuse & Neglect 38. (2014): 1581-1589. Print.
McKee, M., D. Schlehofer, and D.Thew. "Ethical Issues in Conducting Research with Deaf Populations." American Journal of Public Health 103. 12 (2013): 2174-8. Web.
Barnett, S., et al. "Community Participatory Research with Deaf Sign Language Users to Identify Health Inequities." American Journal of Public Health 101. 12 (2011): 2235-2238. Print.
McKee, M., et al. "Perceptions of Cardiovascular Health in an Underserved Community of Deaf Adults using American Sign Language." Disability and Health Journal 4. 3 (2011): 192-197. Print.
Schlehofer, Deirdre, et al. "Community Participatory Research With Deaf Sign Language Users to Identify Health Inequities." American Journal of Public Health 101. 12 (2011): 2235-2238. Web.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Schlehofer, Deirdre. "In What Direction Is Literary Theory of American Sign Language Evolving?" 2016 Presidential Theme: Literature and Its Publics: Past, Present, and Future. Modern Language Association of America. Austin, TX. 9 Jan. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Schlehofer, Deirdre. "Health Disparities Among Deaf Sign Language Users in the US: Why is this Study Important?" 54th Biennial Wisconsin Deaf Association (WAD) Conference "The Difference is You". WAD. Milwaukee, WI. 19 Jun. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Lapham, Amy, et al. "Health Perceptions of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Female College Students." UNYTE Translational Research Network Scientific Session: Transforming Population Health Research: Advances, New Methods, and Community Partnerships (Best Faculty Poster Presentation Award). Clinical & Translational Science Institute, University of Rochester Medical Center. Rochester, NY. 3 Dec. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Schlehofer, Deirdre. "What We Can Learn From Analyzing ASL Poetry Through Literary Criticism." Society for American Sign Language: Celebration of Sign Language Symposium: Revisiting Language, Literacy, and Performing Arts. Towson University. Towson, MD. 21 Nov. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Schlehofer, Deirdre. "ASL is Beautiful." Rochester Deaf Awareness Week (RDAW). Deaf Rochester Community. Rochester, NY. 14 Sep. 2014. Keynote Speech.
Schlehofer, Deirdre. "Equivalent and Effective Interpreting Process and Translation of First Language and Second Language." Genesee Valley Region Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (GVRRID). RID/ACET. Rochester, NY. 18 Oct. 2014. Lecture.
Schlehofer, Deirdre. "NTID's Interpreting Program"." Sign Language Interpreters Program. National Center of Sign Language Education Community Sagano. Kyoto, JAPAN. 22 Feb. 2013. Guest Lecture.
Schlehofer, Deirdre. "History of Deaf Women's Studies in the United States." Japanese ASL Signers. Japanese ASL Signers Society (JASLSS). Tokyo, JAPAN. 2 Mar. 2013. Lecture.
Boling, L., et al. "A New Frontier: American Sign Language e-Curriculum"." 2013 American Sign Language Teacher Association's 7th Biennial Professional Development Conference. ASLTA. Charlotte, NC. 2-7 Jul. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Schlehofer, Deirdre. "How to Teach Hearing Faculty Who Work with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students: Faculty Staff Sign Language Program (FSSLP)." Faculty Meeting. The National University Corporation of Tsukuba University of Technology (NTUT). Tokyo, JAPAN. 27 Feb. 2013. Lecture.
Boling, L., et al. "To Meet the Demands of a New Age: Innovative ASL e-Curriculum (Poster)." Council of American Instructors of the Deaf Conference (CAID). National Technical Institute of the Deaf. Rochester, NY. 24-28 Jun. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Schlehofer, Deirdre. "Sociolinguistic Glimpses into Unique Deaf Communities: Past, Present, and Future." The Center for Language Studies. Brown University. Providence, Rhode Island. 27 Sep. 2012. Lecture.
Schlehofer, Deirdre, Tristan Wright, and Alexis Chasney. "Heath Practices and Barriers in the Lives of Deaf Female College Students." 2012 Summit on the Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Conference: Building a Healthier Society: Integrating Science, Policy and Practice. National Institutes of Health. National Harbor, MD. 17 Dec. 2012. Conference Presentation.
Grants
Schlehofer, Deirdre, et al (2014-2016). Health Literacy of Deaf and Hearing Female Students: A Qualitative Study. Grant received/funded by Scholarship Professional Development Initiatives (SPDI), NTID.
Schlehofer, Deirdre, et al (2/14-8/14). Effective Mentoring and Leadership Skills for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Women Faculty at NTID/RIT. Grant received/funded by ADVANCERIT Connect Grants, National Science Foundation (NSF) under Award No. HRD-1209115.
Published Review
Schlehofer, Deirdre. "A long-waited Historical Linguistics Research Sheds New Light on Early ASL." Rev. of Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, ed. Ronald Kelly. Sign Language Archaeology: Understanding the historical roots of American Sign Language 25 Sep. 2015: 1. Print.
Formal Presentation
Schlehofer, Deirdre, and Erin Esposito. “The Significance of Collaboration Between Service Providers and Researchers in Our Endeavors to Obtain Funding.” Justice for Deaf Victims National Coalition. Salt Lake City, UT. Oct. 2010. Plenary Session.
McKee, Michael, J. Cuculick, D. Schlehofer, S. Scott, and M. Starr. “Perceptions of Cardiovascular Health in an Underserved Community: A Qualitative Study of Deaf Adults through CHIRTN.” 138th APHA Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. 7 Nov. 2010. Presentation.
Barnett, Steve, and Deirdre Schlehofer. “Deaf Consumers’ Healthcare Experiences: The Need for an Accessible CAHPS.” Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems User Group Meeting. Baltimore, MD. 20 Apr. 2010. Presentation.
Published Article
Mathews, Jennifer L., A.H. Parkhill, M.J. Starr, D. Schlehofer, and S. Barnett. “Deaf Strong Hospital: A Role-Reversal Exercise Emphasizing Cultural Competency and Awareness.” American Journal of PharmaceuticalEducation, 2010; 74(5) Article 96. Web.
Editor (book or journal)
Schlehofer, Deirdre, and Danielle Ross. “Identifying Health Disparities for Deaf Women: The Deaf Health Survey in American Sign Language”. Rochester: National Center for Deaf Health Research, 2010. Print.