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Denise Kavin

Assistant Dean and Ex Director Outreach Placemnt Specialist Proj

National Technical Institute for the Deaf

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Denise Kavin

Assistant Dean and Ex Director Outreach Placemnt Specialist Proj

National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Education

BS, Gallaudet University; MS, Northwestern University; Ed.D., Northern Illinois University

Bio

Denise Kavin has been with the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), a college of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York for over fifteen years. She presently serves as Assistant Dean for Outreach, Placement and Special Projects and co-principal investigator with DeafTEC: Technological Education Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education National Center of Excellence. In her work, she also provides oversight of NTID’s new Regional STEM Outreach Center, a partnership with the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, serving the 9-state Southeastern region.

In addition, Denise is an instructional faculty member with NTID’s Department of Liberal Studies. Previous positions that Denise has held at NTID include Special Assistant to the NTID President for Strategic Decisions 2020 and Study Abroad Programming; Associate Director, Postsecondary Education Programs Network- Northeast; Senior Project Associate, Postsecondary Education Network-International; and Employment Advisor, Center on Employment. She also served for nearly ten years as Coordinator of Deaf/ hard of hearing services at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois.

Denise Kavin holds an Ed.D. in Leadership and Educational Policy Studies from Northern Illinois University, a M.S. in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University, a M.S. in Secondary education of the Deaf, from NTID/RIT, and a B.A. in Communication Arts and Psychology from Gallaudet University. She also holds certification from the Training Program on Administration of Programs serving Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Late Deafened Adults at San Diego State University.

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Invited Keynote/Presentation
Kavin, Denise, Jessica Cuculick, and Susan Lane-Outlaw. "Language Use in Academic and Research Settings." Biennial Conference of the National Association of the Deaf. National Association of the Deaf (NAD). Louisville, KY. 1 Jul. 2012. Conference Presentation.

Currently Teaching

LEAD-201
3 Credits
This course will provide an introduction of legal and educational policies that impact the Deaf community. The course will focus on the national and state legislative and policy making structures and processes, the Americans with Disabilities Act and related laws policy. Against the broad background of current legal policy, the course will also focus on the various styles of leadership within a range of educational settings including but not limited to: early identification and intervention, K – 12, post-secondary, and adult. This course will involve learning about educational laws and policies, including the analysis and development of mock policies. In addition, students will gain a broad understanding of how advocacy, lobbying, and political movements can lead to successful and positive results regarding the education of Deaf and hard of hearing students.
LEAD-306
3 Credits
This course will introduce historical and current issues regarding leadership and the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (D/HH) community. Students will learn about D/HH leaders in the Deaf community over the years, examine movements that have impacted the lives of D/HH individuals, and finally, learn about influential organizations of, by, and for D/HH individuals.
UWRT-100
3 Credits
Critical Reading and Writing is a one semester, three-credit course limited to 15 students per section. This course is designed to help students develop the literacy practices they will need to be successful in their First-Year Writing course. Students will read, understand, interpret, and synthesize a variety of texts. Assignments are designed to challenge students intellectually, culturally and rhetorically. Through inquiry-based assignment sequences, students will improve their writing by developing academic research and literacy practices that will be further strengthened in First-Year Writing. Particular attention will be given to critical reading, academic writing conventions, and revision. Small class size promotes frequent student-instructor and student-student interaction. The course also emphasizes the principles of intellectual property and academic integrity in academic writing. This course fulfills a Gen Ed free elective.

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