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Susan Foster Ph.D.

I have conducted research regarding access for deaf and hard of hearing people in educational and employment settings for 28 years, with a focus on universal design in pedagogy. Additionally, I have taught at the graduate level preparing future teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students within our Masters of Science Program in Secondary Education (MSSE). I was the Principal Investigator on two US Department of Education Grants under the umbrella title “Project Access,” which developed materials and workshops for mainstream teachers in higher education to enable them to become more inclusive instructors to deaf and hard of hearing students in their classrooms (for more information see www.rit.edu/classact). I am currently a director of the NTID Research Center for Teaching and Learning. I believe that these experiences have prepared me to successfully mentor new instructors in higher education regarding inclusive instructional strategies.

Positions held

  • 1974-76 Program Coordinator, Massachusetts Association for the Blind, Brookline, MA
  • 1976-77 English Teacher, Grades 9-12, Marshfield High School, Marshfield MA
  • 1984-86 Researcher, Division of Career Opportunities, NTID at RIT
  • 1986-98 Research Faculty, Department of Institutional Research, NTID at RIT
  • 1999-2012 Research Faculty, Department of Research and Teacher Education, NTID at RIT
  • 2012-present Research Faculty, Masters of Science Program in Secondary Education, NTID at RIT