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Joseph Hill

Assistant Dean NTID Faculty Recruitment and Retention
Department of ASL and Interpreting Education
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Joseph Hill

Assistant Dean NTID Faculty Recruitment and Retention
Department of ASL and Interpreting Education
National Technical Institute for the Deaf


BS, Miami University; MA, Ph.D., Gallaudet University

Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

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. Please note fluency in ASL is required for this course, as instruction is in ASL (an interpreter will not be provided).

In the News

  • October 30, 2020

    headshots of four faculty members.

    RIT/NTID announces personnel changes to support antiracism programs

    NTID has announced personnel changes in support of the college’s Antiracism and Social Justice Plan, which is scheduled for release this fall. Alesia Allen has been named assistant vice president for diversity and inclusion; Joseph Hill will serve as assistant dean for ALANA faculty recruitment and retention; Thomastine “Tommie” Sarchet-Maher is assistant dean of ALANA Outreach, Access, and Success; and Peter Hauser has been named assistant dean of research mentoring.

Select Scholarship

Book Chapter
Bayley, Robert, et al. "The Sociolinguistic Ramifications of Social Injustice: The Case of Black ASL." The Routledge Companion to the Work of John R. Rickford. Ed. Renee Blake and Isabelle Buchstaller. Milton Park, Oxfordshire: Taylor and Francis, 2019. 133-141. Print.
Bayley, Robert, et al. "Perceptions of Black American Sign Language." Language Regard: Methods, Variation and Change. Ed. Betsy E Evans, Erica J Benson, and James N Stanford. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2018. 167-182. Print.
Kurz, Kim and Joseph Hill. "The Heart of Interpreting from Deaf Perspectives." Deaf Eyes on Interpreting. Ed. Thomas K Holcomb and David H Smith. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press, 2018. 58-76. Print.
McCaskill, Carolyn, et al. "Citizenship and Education: The Case of the Black Deaf Community." "In Our Own Hands: Essays in Deaf History 1780 - 1970." Ed. Brian H. Greenwald and Joseph J. Murray. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press, 2016. 40-60. Print.
Lucas, Ceil, et al. "Sociolinguistics: Black American Sign Language." "The Deaf Studies Encyclopedia." Ed. Patrick Boudreault and Genie Gertz. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc., 2015. 900-903. Print.
Published Review
Hill, Joseph. "Do deaf communities actually want sign language gloves?" Rev. of Sign-to-speech translation using machine-learning-assisted stretchable sensor arrays, eds. Stuart Thomas, et al. Nature Electronics 15 Jul. 2020: 512-513. Web.
Hill, Joseph. "Book Review." Rev. of Deaf Culture: Exploring Deaf Communities in the United States, ed. Ceil Lucas. Sign Language Studies 11 Oct. 2017: 162-165. Print.
Creative Non-fiction
Cullinan, Danica, et al. Signing Black in America: A Documentary by the Language & Life Project. Language & Life Project, 2020.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Hill, Joseph C. "The Past, Present, and Future of Black ASL." Building Connections with ASL Corpora. University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 5 Mar. 2020. Lecture.
Hill, Joseph and Corrine Occhino. "Documenting Individual Variation in ASL (DIVA)." Building Connections with ASL Corpora. University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 6 Mar. 2020. Conference Presentation.
Hill, Joseph. "Black, Deaf, and Disabled: Navigating the Institutional, Ideological, and Linguistic Barriers with Intersectional Identities in the United States." Linguistics Martin Luther King Junior Colloquium. University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, Michigan. 17 Jan. 2020. Lecture.
Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation
Lucas, Ceil, Joseph Hill, and Danica Cullinan. "Signing Black in America: The Story of Black American Sign Language (Film)." Proceedings of the 48th Annual Conference of New Ways of Analyzing Variation. Ed. Tyler Kendall. Eugene, Oregon: n.p..
Full Length Book
Hill, Joseph, Diane Lillo-Martin, and Sandra Wood. Sign Languages: Structures and Contexts. 1st Edition ed. New York, New York: Routledge, 2019. Print.
Journal Paper
Brentari, Diane, Joseph Hill, and Brianne Amador. "Variation in phrasal rhythm in sign languages: introducing “rhythm ratio.”." Sign Language & Linguistics 21. 1 (2018): 41-76. Print.
Hill, Joseph. "The Importance of the Sociohistorical Context In Sociolinguistics: The Case of Black ASL." Sign Language Studies 18. 1 (2017): 41-57. Print.
Hill, Joseph and Carolyn McCaskill. "Reflections on the Black ASL Project." Sign Language Studies 17. 1 (2016): 59-63. Print.
Published Conference Proceedings
Bayley, Robert and Joseph Hill. "Attitudes Towards Black American Sign Langauge." Proceedings of the University of Pennsylvania Working Papers, New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV 45), Vancouver BC. Ed. Betsy Sneller. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennysylvania, 2017. Web.
Coyne, Dave and Joseph Hill. "Infusing Social Justice into Interpreting Education." Proceedings of the CIT 2016 Conference Proceedings. Ed. Miako Rankin, Mary Thumann, and Risa Shaw. Fremont, CA: Conference of Interpreter Trainers, 2017. Web.
Invited Article/Publication
Hill, Joseph. "Signing Differently: Dialects of American Sign Language in NC." Tar Heel Junior Historian. (2016). Print.