Jodie M. Ackerman

Doctoral Graduate - May 2020


  • Rochester, N.Y.

Current Employment

  • Lecturer, ASL and Interpretation Education (ASLIE) program, National Technical Institute for the Deaf; Rochester, N.Y.
  • New Signers Program Assistant Coordinator, Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester, N.Y.


  • Ed.D.. in Deaf Studies & Deaf Education, Lamar University, 2020
  • M.S. in Recreation Administration with management certification, Gallaudet University, 2007
  • B.S. in Information Systems, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1998

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Ackerman, J. M., Wosley, J.- L. A. & Clark, M. D. (2018). Locations of L2/Ln Sign Language Pedagogy, Creative Education, 9, 2037-2058.

Recent Non Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Wolsey, J. A., Ackerman, J. M., & Clark, M. D. (2017, February). Your deaf child's intelligence is not fixed. The Endeavor, 12-14.

  • Wolsey, J. A., Pudans-Smith, K., and the Lamar University Cognition in Context (CnC) Team. (2016, March 7). Language production and perception: What every parent of a deaf child should know about language. ADVANCE for Speech and Hearing.

Recent Presentations

  • Ackerman, J. (2018; 2019). My personal experiences as a breast cancer survivor. Presented at the Women and the Deaf Community, Cultural & Creative Studies event, Rochester, NY. 
  • Ackerman, J. (2018, October). LGBTQ+ & ASL 101. Presented at the Pennsylvania Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf (PARID) Conference, Moon Township, PA. 
  • Ackerman, J. M., Wolsey, J. A., & Clark, M. D. (2018, March). Your deaf child's intelligence is not fixed. Poster presentation at the 17th annual meeting of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI), Denver, CO.
  • Wolsey, J. A., Perrodin, M. L., & Ackerman, J. M. (2017, April). The importance of research lab mentorship and collaboration for deaf doctoral scholars. Panel discussion at the biennial pre-conference meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Austin, Texas.

Dissertation Focus

  • Experiences of Deaf Breast Cancer Survivors