Christina Yuknis, PhD

Professor / MA Program Coordinator
Department of Education

Christina Yuknis

Phone Numbers

202-651-5530 (V)



Fowler Hall 409A

Office Hours

Varies by semester

I joined the faculty in the department of education in 2008. Originally from Buffalo, NY, I started my educational career working as a coordinator for a respite program at a non-profit organization serving adults with disabilities. Upon moving to the DC area to attend Gallaudet University, I worked at another non-profit as a job coach and community specialist for adults with disabilities.

I started my teaching career as a special education teacher in a middle school program teaching math and science and later transferred to the county's deaf education program and taught English and reading. While working on my doctorate, I became the first ever policy evaluation specialist for my district, a role that I truly enjoyed and learned much doing.  However, I realized that deep down, I am a teacher, and I need to be in a classroom.  Thus, I returned to Gallaudet, this time as a faculty member.

In my spare time, I enjoy catching up on TV (especially Doctor Who), reading, sewing, training for multisport competitions, and hanging with my dogs.

Primary Responsibilities
Teach courses in the teacher preparation and doctoral programs
Coordinate department master's programs
Advise and mentor students at all levels of study
Conduct research
Education Policy; Deaf Students with Disabilities; Special Education; Teacher Leadership


Maryland State Department of Education: Advanced Professional Certificate

  • Generic Special Education Grades 1-8/ Grades 8-Adult
  • Hearing Impaired
  • Middle School English
  • Supervisor of Hearing Impaired

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • Teaching Students with Disabilities
  • Special Education Law & IEPs
  • Student Teaching Supervision & Seminar
  • Education Policy & Politics

Additional Courses Taught

  • Grounded Theory Methodology
  • Classroom Management
  • Curriculum Theory
  • Secondary English Methods
  • Children's Literature


  • Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf (President, 2015 - 2018)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (Various committees, ongoing)
  • ASCD (Emerging Leader Class of 2011, Influence Leader Class of 2016)
  • American Education Research Association 


  • Faculty Senate (2010 - 2016)
  • Faculty Secretary (2015 - 2016)
  • Tenure & Promotion Committee (2016 - 2019)
  • Presidential Search Advisory Committee (2014 - 2015)
  • CAS Dean Search Committee 


  • Placement Coordinator
  • MA Program Director
  • Department Doctoral Studies Committee
  • Specialized Professional Agency report writer

Selected Publications

Yuknis, C. (In press). Assessing the Assessment: Fairness of the Teacher Work Sample. Teacher Education & Practice.

Yuknis, C. (2018). Transforming instruction through universal design for learning. The Reformer, May, 85-93.

Yuknis, C. & Bernstein, E. R. (2017). Supporting students with non-disclosed disabilities-A collective and humanizing approach. In K. Aquino & E. Kim  (Eds.), Disability as Diversity in Higher Education: Policies and Practices to Enhance Student Success (pp. 1 – 11). New York: Routledge.

Yuknis. C. (2014). Removing the disability from distance education. In T. V. Yuzer & G. Eby (Eds.). Handbook of Research on Emerging Priorities and Trends in Distance Education: Communication, Pedagogy, and Technology (pp. 156-168). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.  DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5162-3.ch011

Yuknis, C. (2015). Attitudes of pre-service teachers toward inclusion for students who are deaf. Deafness and Educational International.  DOI:

Yuknis, C. (2014). A grounded theory of text revision processes used by young adolescents who are deaf. Exceptional Children, 81(3), 307-322.  DOI: 10.1177/0014402914522426



800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002