Undergraduate Student, Stephanie DeMeyer (ASL and Communications), Interns at WFD

Congratulations to Lamar University undergraduate student, Stephanie DeMeyer (ASL and Communications; Rockwall, TX), on her internship at the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) Secretariat in Helsinki, Finland. 

Stephanie is working as a Media and Communications Intern (March 1, 2018 – May 25, 2018). Her primary role is to “further the development of the WFD’s overall media strategy.”

DSDE Chair, Dr. M. Diane Clark, Visits Morocco

What did Dr. M. Diane Clark (DSDE Chair) do in Morocco? She was invited as one of the four keynote speakers at the Second International Conference on Deaf Education on February 7-8, 2018 in Rabat, Morocco. Dr. Clark presented on “The Role of Research Centers in Deaf Education: Leading to a Plan Beginning at Identification Through Post-Secondary Educational Outcomes." Congratulations, Dr. Clark, for sharing your scholarly work, and representing DSDE and Lamar University!

Congratulations to two universities, Mohammed V University (Rabat, Morocco) and Lamar University (Beaumont, Texas), for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on February 7, 2018. This MOU will promote international cooperation, share resources, and establish a collaborative program that includes an exchange of students and instructors who can share their expertise in the field of Deaf Education. This partnership will provide opportunities to collaborate and make a significant contribution to improve the education of Deaf and hard of hearing children.

VCSL Team Provides Workshop in Canada

The developers of the Visual Communication and Sign Language Checklist (VCSL), Drs. Laurene Simms (Gallaudet University), Sharon Baker (University of Tulsa) and Diane Clark (Lamar University), provided a workshop to the Infant Hearing Program’s ASL Consultants and the Director of Silent Voice in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on November 17 through the 20th. The VCSL is required by the Ministry of Children and Youth for all deaf infants and children in Ontario who are receiving ASL services as it is currently the only normed ASL evaluation for infants and children birth to five years of age.

The three-day workshop covered topics including Language and Cognition, an Introduction to the VCSL, and Online training for the VCSL. ASL Consultants worked with the team to discuss their own practices when administering the VCSL and how to develop family language plans to promote effective language development.

On Tuesday, November 21st, the team met with the Ministry of Children and Youth representatives and members from University of Western Ontario Designated Training Center to discuss their language policy for deaf infants and children, which is currently being developed. The Ministry has invited Diane Clark to work with them to include current research on evidence based practices for language acquisition for deaf children from birth to five years of age.

DSDE Manuscript Published in "Creative Education"

Congratulations to Bader A. Alomary (DSDE doctoral student; Riyadh, Saudia Arabia), Cris I. Nunn (DSDE doctoral student; Garland, TX), Bobby J. White (former DSDE doctoral student; Dallas, TX), Shelley L. Williams (former DSDE doctoral student; Vancouver, BC, Canada), and Dr. M. Diane Clark (DSDE chair) on their manuscript published in “Creative Education” on October 31, 2017.

Their manuscript is titled, “Teachers, Are They Really Needed?” While the current focus in education is teaching how to learn, it leads to student-centered pedagogy. The team discussed Sugata Mitra’s question, “Do we need teachers” and his idea of “Self-Organized Learning Environments” (SOLE) to describe self-direct and independent learning.

Check out their manuscript at:

reDEAFining Academic Collaboration (RAC) website is up and running!

A collaborative web project between three universities; Lamar University, Western Oregon University, and Gallaudet University. The goal is to have monthly vlogs/blogs that provide information and resources of current topics of interest that relate to Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing individuals, as well as allow readers to engage in open discussions.

Check out the website at:


Deaf Studies and Deaf Education awarded $1.25 million grant

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs has awarded a $1.25 million grant to the Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at Lamar University. The focus of the grant is to prepare teachers for deaf and hard of hearing students in kindergarten through 12th grade who have additional disabilities. During the five-year project, students will receive full funding to complete their masters’ in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at LU.

“This grant positions LU’s Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education as one of the premier graduate programs of its kind, both nationally and in the state of Texas,” said James Marquart, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Millicent Musyoka, Ph.D., assistant professor of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, applied for the grant with assistance from Mary Anne Gentry, Ed.D., associate professor of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. Musyoka will now be the program director for the grant. Read more.

Deaf Studies and Deaf Education department members create ASL video tours for local museums

Patron using QR code at Fire MuseumCain Chiasson, an instructor in the Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education has collaborated with Kim Hunt, a nationally certified interpreter of American Sign Language, to found Virtual QR Tours. The mission of this research project is to establish ASL tours in museums throughout the state of Texas and beyond.

In the project, Quick Response matrix-style barcodes, called “QR codes,” are printed on museum exhibits and are used to link patrons to videotaped content via a smartphone or tablet. The videos explain the museum's exhibits in ASL as well as in spoken and written English. Last fall, Chiasson and Hunt and their team created QR tours for the Fire Museum of Texas in Beaumont. The team recently completed filming at the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum on the campus of Lamar University. Virtual QR tours are designed to be a permanent museum feature. Read more.

Doctoral students present at Early Hearing Detection & Intervention conference in San Diego

Two DSDE doctoral students, Beth Hamilton and Heidi MacGlaughlin, presented their scholarly work at the 15th annual Early Hearing Detection & Intervention meeting, March 13-15, 2016, in San Diego, Calif.

Hamilton's presentations were “Promoting Cultural Sensitivity in Healthcare” and "The Role of Early Intervention Services in Supporting Multicultural Families." Heidi presented on ”To Fingerspell or Not to Fingerspell? That May Be a Highly Debated Question.” They co-presented on “Early Access to Natural Language, the Launchpad for Successful Language Acquisition.”

Clark and Wolsey to publish article in American Annals of the Deaf 

American Annals journalDr. M. Diane Clark, department chair, and Ju-Lee A. Wolsey, doctoral student, recently had a manuscript titled, “Deaf/Hearing Research Partnerships” accepted for publication in the American Annals of the Deaf journal. They co-wrote the article with a team from Gallaudet University including Kim Misener Dunn, Scott W. Gentzke, Hannah A. Joharchi, and CSEDL Team at Gallaudet. The article will appear in either the fall 2016 or winter 2017 issue.

This manuscript is an important piece of scholarly work that examines perceptions of necessary components for a successful Deaf/hearing research partnership, as well as challenges faced by Deaf researchers. 

DSDE Cognition in Context doctoral student team write article for ADVANCE

In January 2016, Dr. M. Diane Clark, department chair, gathered DSDE doctoral together for an engaging writing weekend retreat. They wrote a translational piece titled, “Language production and perception: What every parent of a deaf child should know about language.” Doctoral students involved include Jodie Ackerman, Heidi MacGlaughlin, Beth Hamilton, David Meek, Mary Perrodin, Kim Pudans Smith and Ju-Lee A. Wolsey.

DSDE presents at Cardinal Conversations

Cardinal ConversationMembers of the Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education presented at Cardinal Conversations in September 2015, a special series created by First Lady of Lamar University Nancy Evans and filmed at the president's house. ChongMin Lee, assistant professor; Jean Andrews, distinguished professor emerita; and Jesse Doiron, instructor of English, presented a talk titled, A Word With You? Language, Thinking and Culture. Attended by 30 faculty and students, the interdisciplinary event included faculty presentations and a lively Q & A from the audience.

Dorion discussed his prison literacy program sponsored by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and told moving stories of how literacy promotes feelings of remorse and forgiveness among inmate writers and readers.

Andrews discussed her work with deaf inmates, including informing the criminal justice system about Deaf culture, American Sign Language, and the provision of appropriate accommodations in the jails and prisons: language interpreters, captioned TV, and videophones.

Lee provided a vivid account of growing up in Korea as a young deaf woman who emigrated from Korea to the U.S. and her challenges in learning four languages (Korean, Korean Sign Language, ASL and English) and four cultures (Korean hearing, Korean deaf, American hearing, American deaf). She also shared her experiences earning a Ph.D. at Ohio State University, and working in higher education at Bloomsburg University and now at LU.  As a successful language and culture role model, she related how she uses her multilingual and multicultural experiences to help Lamar American hearing students learn ASL and Deaf students learn English.

ASL student teaches free community sign language class 

Allie Hayes, a Silsbee native studying ASL in the Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at Lamar University, was profiled in September 2015 in the Beaumont Enterprise. Hayes will teach a free class, sponsored by Campus Church, "billed by many as the community's latest stride to knock down a communication and accessibility barrier between the deaf population and their neighbors." Classes are open to the general public. Registration is required. Read full article.  

M. Diane Clark starts as new chair of the Department of Deaf Studies & Deaf Education

Diane ClarkFollowing the retirement in May of Jean Andrews, distinguished professor emerita, M. Diane Clark has assumed duties as chair of the Department of Deaf Studies & Deaf Education. Clark earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 1985 with a specialization in cognitive developmental psychology. She has published three edited volumes (with Marc Marschark). Since that time she has been involved in research in several additional areas including dating and rape scripts, prevention of risky behaviors in girls, and women’s leadership.  She has published in Sexuality and Culture as well as in Sex Roles. In addition, she has published articles related to deaf individual’s memory and how they become skilled readers.  Her recent focus has broadened to investigate how deaf readers utilize top-down and bottom-up skills in their reading.

She was a founding member of the Science of Learning Center on Visual Languages and Visual Learning at Gallaudet University (VL2) prior to becoming the Ph.D. program director for the Critical Studies in the Education of Deaf Learners in the Education Department at Gallaudet.  She worked with Drs. Laurene Simms and Sharon Baker to develop the Visual Communication and Sign Language Checklist, which is available from VL2 and will soon be available on-line and provide a report of each child’s ASL skill level.

DSDE moves to new building

Comm Building

After many years in the Speech & Hearing Building, the Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education has moved into new space in the Communication Building. The move allows new space for equipment, offices, and classrooms. The department office is in Comm. 107.  For directions, see our Maps and Directions page, or if you prefer to use an online map for directions, enter "211 Redbird Lane" as your destination address.