Amber E. Marchut

Assistant Professor
Office: Communication Building, Room 109-F
VideoPhone: 409-242-6521


  • Ph.D. in Critical Studies in the Education of Deaf Learners, Gallaudet University, 2017
  • M.S. in Secondary Education of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2005
  • B.S. in Biology, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2002

Courses Taught

  • Social Justice Advocacy
  • Introduction to Deaf Education
  • American Sign Language I, VI

Research Interests

  • STEM education
  • Student retention and recruitment
  • Bilingual education

Recent Publications

  • Gormally, C. & Marchut, A. (2017). Science is not my thing: Exploring deaf non-science majors’ science identities. Journal of Science Education, 20(1), 1-15.
  • Graham, S., Solomon, C., Marchut, A., Kushalangar, R., & Painter, R. (2012). Experiences of students in STEM. Workshop for Emerging Deaf and Hard of Hearing Scientists. (pp.13-19). Washington, DC: Gallaudet University.

Recent Presentations

  • Marchut, A. (2017, February). Social Capital as used by Deaf and hard of hearing students in undergraduate STEM programs. Presented at the Association College Educators - Deaf and Hard of Hearing, San Antonio, TX.
  • Solomon, C., Graham, S., Marchut, A., & Painter, R. (2013, April). Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing people in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Pipeline: Where are the Leaks? Presented at American Educational Research Association.


Born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Marchut attended a residential school for the Deaf in Washington, D.C throughout her high school years. Upon high school graduation, Dr. Marchut moved to Rochester, New York to obtain a bachelors of science in biology at Rochester Institute of Technology. As Dr. Marchut was working towards her bachelors, she also worked as an ASL and English tutor which prompted my interest in Deaf education and led her to study for her masters in Deaf Education at RIT. With the completion of masters degree, Dr. Marchut worked at New Mexico School for the Deaf and Model Secondary School for the Deaf, two years and four years each, respectively, teaching science and math. Realizing the nationwide issues regarding Deaf Education, she decided to return to school and worked towards a doctorate degree in Deaf Education with a focus on Critical Theory and Science Education. Dr. Marchut is currently working on contributing to the field of Deaf Education through teaching and scholarship using the framework of Deaf Gain.