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Dissertation Defense for Joseph Santini

To: Students, Faculty and Staff

From: Gaurav Mathur, Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School

Re: Dissertation Defense for Joseph Santini

It is my pleasure to announce that Joseph Raymond Santini II, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Education, will defend his dissertation on “A Grounded Theory Examination of Faculty Experiences of A Bilingual Professional Development Program at Gallaudet University” on Thursday, April 2 at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. The first forty minutes of the dissertation defense is open to the Gallaudet community via a live webinar. Register here to attend.

Mr. Santini’s study is a grounded theory examination of the experiences of Gallaudet University faculty members who participated in the Bilingual Approaches Seminar, a bilingual education professional development program established in 2009. Faculty were interviewed to explore their conceptualizations of bilingual education and the perceived impact of the seminar on their practice in order to generate a grounded theory about the impact of professional development used to implement bilingual education. The aim of the study is to understand the processes which impact these experiences and their variation. The study found five factors that impacted faculty experiences of the seminar, which have implications for future professional development efforts.

The members of Mr. Santini’s dissertation committee currently are Dr. Christina Yuknis, Department of Education, chair of the dissertation committee; Dr. Patricia Hulsebosch, Department of Education (retired); Dr. Kristin Mulrooney, Office of Strategic Planning; and Dr. Kim Kurz, Department of ASL and Interpreting Education, Rochester Institute of Technology. 

Joseph Santini began his career in education in 2001 at the Centre for Deaf Studies in Bristol, UK, where he completed a case study about the experiences of in-service Deaf educators and earned an MSc in Deaf Studies. Upon his return to the United States in 2003, he worked as an adult educator and case manager at the New York Society for the Deaf and then joined the City College of New York as a Teaching Fellow. He became a certified English/Language Arts instructor, earning an M.A. in Secondary Education in 2007. He contributed three articles to the New York Times Online in the area of education in 2008. He then served as an adjunct instructor at Gallaudet University and worked with Dr. Jill Bradbury to establish Camp Invention ASL, a modified version of the Camp Invention curriculum.  He subsequently directed the Camp for two years and completed his Ed.S. in Deaf Education in 2016. Mr. Santini then coordinated the First Folio! K-12 Educators Workshop hosted at Gallaudet University and began working with Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc. to establish the first online Learning Management System with free full-length courses in ASL for Deaf and hard of hearing students.  Eighteen of the courses he developed are still in use today. He co-authored a 2017 article Supporting Deaf Students: And All Students with Dr. Thangi Appanah and Dr. Christina Yuknis. In 2018, he became Director of Instruction at Clerc Center. He most recently co-authored a chapter in the 2019 book Deaf Identities: Exploring New Frontiers with Drs. Leala Holcomb, Thomas Horejes, and Oscar Ocuto.

Please join me in extending best wishes to Mr. Santini for his dissertation defense. 

Posted by Elizabeth Gibbons | Posted March 29, 2020 at 1:01 PM


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