Diane Lillo-Martin, PhD

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I am a faculty member in Linguistics and I conduct research on the structure and acquisition of ASL. I teach two courses in the ASL program. Students who are interested in research concerning ASL and deaf children often serve as research assistants in the Sign Linguistics and Language Acquisition Lab, which I direct.

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.

Linda Pelletier, PhD

I am a faculty member and instructor of the sign language interpreting courses and coordinator of the ASL program. 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 25 years. I am a CODA, daughter of Deaf parents and a heritage signer of American Sign Language. I serve as the major advisor for the ASL/Deaf Studies program including advising students who wish to pursue a minor in interpreting ASL and English or Deaf studies.  Recently, in fall of 2020, our program introduced a new major, ASL Studies.  The major offers two concentrations, Deaf studies or interpreting.  If you have questions or are interested in learning more about the program, please email me at

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.

Jessica Tanner

Hello! My name is Jessica Tanner.  I am one of the ASL professors at UConn.  For the past 10 years, I have taught at various Colleges and Universities. I mainly teach ASL 1 2 now teaching ASL 5. Who knows what the future holds for me! I grew up in both worlds- the Deaf world and the hearing world. I know how to switch between both worlds. If you are debating on whether to take ASL- come take it! I hope to see you in my class!