People

Doreen Simons

I am a full time Deaf faculty member and instructor of courses in American Sign Language and Deaf studies.  I also oversee interdisciplinary courses in conjunction with other departments such as, Sociolinguistics and the Deaf Community, Deaf Women Studies, and ASL Literature. I also work part time as a research assistant analyzing the language use of infants and children and sometimes the language use of adults. I also assist and support graduate students in the linguistics department with feedback or judgments with their research on ASL.

Sherry Powell

I am a full time Deaf faculty member and instructor for the American Sign Language courses, levels one through six.  I have a Masters Degree in Teaching ASL as a Second Language from Columbia University Teachers College in New York City.  The ASL courses follow a three year sequence with courses beginning with ASL 1101 through ASL 6. Our goal is to continually expand the program by including a variety of new courses.

Joan Hanna

I am a Deaf faculty member and instructor for the American Sign Language courses, levels one through four and I have previously taught American Sign Language classes at the UConn Waterbury campus.  Join us for the fun and excitement of learning American Sign Language and Deaf culture.

 Linda Pelletier, PhD

I am a faculty member and instructor of the sign language interpreting courses. I have been nationally certified as a sign language interpreter from both the Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf and the National Association for the Deaf for more than 20 years.  I am the daughter of Deaf parents and a heritage signer of American Sign Language.  I assist with coordinating the ASL/Deaf studies program as well as assisting students who wish to pursue a minor in interpreting ASL and English.

Diane Lillo-Martin, PhD

I am a faculty member in Linguistics and I coordinate the ASL program. I am also the advisor for students pursuing an ASL minor, as well as for many of the students with an Individualized  Major including ASL. My office is in Oak 352. Find out more about me here:

http://linguistics.uconn.edu/profile/lillo-martin.html