Frances Courson

Doctoral Student


  • Helena, Ala.

Current Employment

  • Full-time special instructor in Deaf Education, University of Montevallo


  • M.S. in Deaf Education, Texas Woman's University
  • B.S. in Deaf Education, University of Montevallo

Research Interests

  • Deaf Education
  • Literacy
  • Teaching writing 
  • Teacher education 

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Clark, M. D., Greene-Woods, A., Alofi, A., Sides, M., Buchanan, B., Hauschildt, S., Courson, F., & Venable, T. (2021). The Spoken Language Checklist: A User-Friendly Normed Language Acquisition Checklist. The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education26(2), 251-262. 

Recent Non Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Gray, M. A., & Courson, F. F. (2022). Families of Deaf Children With Co-Occurring Disabilities. In M. Musyoka (Ed.), Deaf Education and Challenges for Bilingual/Multilingual Students (pp. 246-257). IGI Global.
  • Alford, A. D., Courson, F. F., Hill, J., &; Wimberly, M. B. (2020). A Virtual Visual Pedagogy: 3-D becomes 2-DReDEAFining Academic Collaboration1(1), 18–25.

Recent Presentations

  • Edwards, S.E., Courson, F.F., Alford, A.D., & Bencak, J.M. (2022). Online mentoring with preservice teachers of K-12 DHH students using bilingual instructional strategies in literacy. Presented at the ACE-DHH conference. Omaha, NE.
  • Courson, F.F., Edwards, S.E. (2021, July). Linguistic Intersections: Where Bilingual Strategies Meet Increased Literacy. Presented at SOAR Alabama 2021: Seeking Options to Add Rigor. Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. Talladega, AL.
  • Courson, F. (2021, April). Support in the Classroom for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students who Access Visual Communication. Presented at Alabama Hands and Voices Lunch Zoom Series for Educators. Online.
  • Courson, F. (2019, June). The Balancing Act: Deaf Learners in Mainstream Settings. SOAR4: Seeking Options to Add Rigor. Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. Talladega, AL.

Dissertation Focus

  • Teaching Writing to K-12 Deaf Students