Ed.D. University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education (2014)
M.S. Ed: University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (2002) Education, Culture, and Society
Master’s thesis: Linguistic, Cultural, and Social Border Crossings among Deaf Youth
B.A.: Colby College (1997) English, Education
Mirus, G., Napoli, Donna Jo, and Fisher, Jami. (2012). Taboo-terms in American Sign Language. Lingua.
Napoli, D. J., Mirus, Gene, Fisher, Jami. (2011). Bleached taboo-term predicates in American Sign Language (Submitted to Lingua for publication). Unpublished Article.
Fisher, J. and Mattiacci, Phillip John. (2008). Civil Rights in Deaf Education. In D. DeLuca, Lindgrin, Kristin A., and Napoli, Donna Jo (Ed.), Access: Multiple Avenues for Deaf People (pp. 75-98). Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press.
Fisher, Leslie Rand and Fisher, Jami. (2008). The Deaf and the Origin of Hand Signals in Baseball. National Pasttime: A Review of Baseball History. 28, 35-39.
Presentations and Papers
May 2016: Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, Portoroz, Slovenia. "Examining Variation in the Absence of a "Main" ASL Corpus: The Case of the Philadelphia Signs Project"
September 2011-2012: University of Pennsylvania Medical School: Deaf Culture Doctor-Patient Awareness. Presentation on Deaf culture and communicating with Deaf patients in medical settings given to all first-year medical students and selected medical faculty. Topics discussed: Deaf cultural tendencies and differences as relevant to medical and healthcare professionals; communication strategies; interpreter interactions and obligations.
June 2007- June 2012 : University of Pennsylvania: Deaf Culture/ASL Awareness presentation to Pediatric Oncology/Critical Care Nurse Practitioners. Annual presentation given to expand cultural and practical awareness of deaf people in a medical setting. Topics of presentation and discussion: Deaf cultural differences, controversies among and related to d/Deaf people, language acquisition and development, issues to be aware of when working with Deaf patients (or patients with Deaf family members). Included facts on culture, law, and Medical ASL terminology.
April 2012: University of Pennsylvania, 60-Second Lecture: American Sign Language, Deaf Culture, and Deaf Gain: Benefits for All: 60-second lecture presented to current Penn community and prospective students and families.
February 2010-2012: University of Pennsylvania: Deaf Culture as it relates to Cochlear Implant/Bioengineering Technologies. Guest lecturer to BE 225, Engineering and Technology in Medicine. Presentation and interactive discussion covering Deaf culture and its affect by Cochlear Implant and other bioengineering technologies.
February 2012: University of Pennsylvania, Research Poster Session: Presentation to prospective graduate students. Poster topic centered on a phenomenological study on ASL students’ border and boundary crossing and maintenance in Deaf community settings.
December 2011: Phenomenological study on ASL students’ border and boundary crossing and maintenance in Deaf community settings.
October 2011: University of Pennsylvania, Preceptorial on ASL and Deaf Culture: Presented a workshop on American Sign Language and topics of interest pertinent to American Deaf Culture and Deaf history. Facilitated discussions based on previously assigned readings and topics and issues presented during the lectures.
May 2011: Borough of Manhattan Community College: Conference on Language, Culture, and Society: “Who is Gallaudet? Trends in and Reactions to the Traditional and Typical Deaf Experiences” Recent public confrontations between deaf and hearing students at traditionally deaf-serving Gallaudet University have brought the deaf-centered language and culture dyad and fears of its devolution or loss into the forefront of deaf educational and cultural discussions. Micro and macro educational, linguistic, and cultural implications of a shifting deaf experience are explored vis-à-vis the deaf-hearing tensions at Gallaudet and beyond.
November 2009-2011: University of Pennsylvania Medical School: Deaf Culture/ASL Awareness presentation to first-year Medical students: Recurring presentation for Medical students learning ASL. Follows same topics as similar medical awareness presentation for nurse practitioner students, with amendments made for applications for future physicians.
October 2010: University of Pennsylvania: Deaf Culture/ASL Awareness for Temple University Medical students.: Presentation for Medical students learning ASL. Follows same topics as similarmedical awareness presentation for nurse practitioner students, with amendments made for applications for future physicians.
March 2010: CIBER Business Language Conference: The Emerging International and Domestic Deaf Markets: A New Program of Study for Business Language Teaching and Service-Learning Projects. Co-presentation with Miriam Grottanelli de Santi, Director of Siena School for Liberal Arts. Presentation to business language audience elucidating details on a program for American and international Deaf cultural opportunities for applied business/service-learning education in a study-abroad, immersion setting.
February 2010: University of Pennsylvania: Deaf Culture as it relates to Societal Constructions of d/Deafness. Guest lecturer to Disability Narratives course taught by Dr. Heather Love, Department of English. Presentation and interactive discussion covering Deaf culture and its interface with societal constructions of deafness as disability.
March-April 2008: University of Pennsylvania, Preceptorial on ASL and Deaf Culture: Expanded on the previous two-session preceptorial to a 3-session workshop on American Sign Language and topics of interest pertinent to American Deaf Culture and Deaf education. Facilitated discussions based on previously-assigned readings and topics and issues presented during the lectures.
March 2008: New York City, NECTFL. “The Shift in Learning Paradigms: The Intersection of Virtual, Collaborative, Authentic, and Online Learning Environments.” Co-presenter. Recent developments in technology have created greater opportunities for incorporating virtual, collaborative, authentic and online learning into the curriculum. Our examples from ASL, French and German demonstrated how technologies such as Chats, Wimba, Elluminate, Podcasts, and video recording can be used to both complement traditional classroom activities and extend them to newer levels of reflection and interaction beyond the classroom. An overview of the theoretical and pedagogical implications of online learning environments and computer-mediated communication with regards to teacher and learner roles, learner autonomy, collaborative learning and co-construction, data-driven learning, and authenticity presented.
November 2007: University of Pennsylvania, Preceptorial on ASL and Deaf Culture: Presented a two-session long workshop on American Sign Language and topics of interest pertinent to American Deaf Culture. Facilitated discussions based on previously-assigned readings and topics and lecture materials.
September 2007: University of Pennsylvania, New Student Orientation Proseminar on ASL and Deaf Culture: Introduction to American Sign Language and discussion of foundational ideologies, issues, and controversies related to deafness and Deaf culture.
June 2007: Tufts University, IALLT. “The Shift in Learning Paradigms: The Intersection of Virtual, Collaborative, Authentic, and Online Learning Environments.” Invited presentation, Co- presenter. Presented similar material as March 2008 NECTFL Conference, with added updates to data and outcomes.
February 2006: PLC Grants Showcase Participant Presented the details, results, and pedagogical implications of my grant work for the ASL BlackBoard Course grant.
May 2006: PA-American Sign Language Teachers Association Workshop— “PSE HABIT, FINISH,” Discussion of minimizing first language (English) interference in (L2) ASL production for an ASL instructor and interpreter audience. Presentation included topics on ASL grammar, pedagogy, and linguistics to provide perspectives on ASL production and instruction.
April 2006 Northeast Association for Language Learning and Teaching conference--ASL Digital Recording Booth Presentation on a collaboration between the ASL Program/Penn Language Center and Multi-Media Services to enable both instructors and students in creating more meaningful assessments and projects in ASL. The presentation incorporated a demonstration of equipment use and procedures as well as discussion of the pedagogical implications of the availability of such technology.
Other Professional Experience
September 2010: Reviewer for National ASL Standards: Reviewed and provided feedback to National ASL Standards developed by the National American Sign Language Teachers Association in accordance with the ACTFL guidelines for foreign language teaching and learning.
January, August 2010: ASL Photo Model and Native Signer Consultant: Served as model for several photos and gave detailed feedback and explanations for sign choices and variations to Dr. Donna Jo Napoli (Swarthmore College) and Dr. Rachel Sutton-Spence (University of Bristol) for their paper titled, “Word Order in Sign Languages” to be published in Sign language. An international handbook (HSK - Handbooks of linguistics and communication science), ed. by Roland Pfau, Markus Steinbach & Bencie Woll. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
March 2009: ASL/Educational Consultant for the film, Universal Signs. Developed lesson plans for K-12 and university discussions and assessments of the film, Universal Signs.
January 2008: External Curriculum and Program Reviewer at Montgomery College, Rockville, MD Conducted an on-site visit of the American Sign Language Program. Met with Vice Provost, academic deans, ASL and World Languages Program Coordinators, instructors, and students, reviewed program scope and sequence, curricular materials, and Program course sequencing in the college catalogue to make recommendations for programmatic reform.