NAME Helen Thumann, Ph.D
Department of Education
800 Florida Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 651 -5530 Voice/TTY
University of California Berkeley/San Francisco State University, 1997 - 2006. (Ph.D. from Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education)
Gallaudet University, 1989 -1991. (M.A. in Deaf Education - Secondary)
University of Texas at Austin, 1984 -1988. (B.S. in Speech: Deaf Education; minor in Social
Studies and English).
8/07 – present. Associate Professor – Gallaudet University, Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
8/02 – present. Program Director - Gallaudet University, Undergraduate Program, Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
8/00 – 8/07 Assistant Professor – Gallaudet University, Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
7/00 Instructor – Gallaudet University, Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
6/00 – 8/00 Free lance Interpreter – Gallaudet University, Gallaudet Interpreter Services, Washington, D.C.
8/99 – 5/00 Lecturer – Chapman University, Special Education Program, Concord, CA.
8/97 – 5/00 Lecturer – San Francisco State University, School of Education (Special Education). San Francisco, CA.
8/97 – 5/00 Interpreter, San Francisco State University, Disabled Resource Center, San Francisco, CA.
8/97 – 5/99 Lecturer – San Francisco State University, School of Education (Deaf Education).
San Francisco, CA.
7/94 - 8/97 Transitional Coordinator, Texas School for the Deaf, Transitional Program, Austin, TX.
9/91 - 7/94 Reading Teacher, Texas School for the Deaf, Transitional Program, Austin, TX,
Simms, L. & Thumann, H. (in press) Minority Education and Identity: Who Decides for Us, the Deaf People? In Ayers, W., Quinn, T., & Stovall, D. (Ed) The Handbook of Social Justice in Education.
Simms, L. & Thumann, H (i2007). In Search of a new Linguistically and Culturally Sensitive Paradigm in Deaf Education. American Annals of the Deaf, 152, 3, 302-311.
Thumann, H. (2006). An examination of the reading strategies and behaviors of skilled Deaf adult readers. Doctoral Dissertation. University of California, Berkeley.
Slobin, D. I., Hoiting, N., Kuntze, M., Lindert, R., Weinberg, A., Pyers, J., Anthony, M., Biederman, Y., & Thumann, H. (2002). A cognitive/functional perspective on the acquisition of “classifiers.” In K. Emmorey (Ed.), Perspectives on classifiers in signed languages.
Slobin, D. I., Hoiting, N., Anthony, M., Biederman, Y., Kuntze, M., Lindert, R., Pyers, J., Thumann, H., Weinberg, A. (2001). Sign language transcription at the level of meaning components. Sign Language & Linguistics
Slobin, D. I., Hoiting, N., Kuntze, M., Lindert, R., Weinberg, A., Pyers, J., Anthony, M., Biederman, Y., & Thumann, H. Berkeley Transcription System (BTS) Manual (2000). Chapter 11 of The CHAT transcription manual, available at http://childes.psy.cmu.edu/pdf/CHAT.pdf and in MacWhinney (2000).
Slobin, D., Hoiting, N., Anthony, M., Biederman, Y., Kuntze, M., Lindert, R., Pyers, J., Thumann, H., & Weinberg, A. (2000) Sign Language transcription at the morphological level: The Berkeley Transcription System, Proceedings of the Fourth Workshop (Acquisition) of the Intersign Project of the European Science Foundation (London, September 1999).
Slobin, D., Hoiting, N., Anthony, M., Biederman, Y., Kuntze, L., Lindert, R., Pyers, J., Thumann, H., & Weinberg, A. (1999). American Sign Language. In B. MacWhinney (Ed.), The CHILDES project: tools for analyzing talk . Hillsdale, N.J.: L. Erlbaum. Website copy.
Principal Investigator for Dissertation: “Reading Behaviors Strategies of Skilled Deaf Adult Readers”, a qualitative study to determine reading habits, attitudes and strategies of skilled Deaf adult readers.
2001 Principal Investigator for “Policy and Practice in Transition of Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Students from School to Work”, a survey of policies and practices of schools that work
with transitioning deaf/hard of hearing students.
1999 – 2000. Research Assistant on dissertation project (PI: Michele Anthony). This examines
the development and use of ASL classifiers and their relationship to specific aspects of
English literacy among native and non-native deaf children in a bilingual education program.
1998 - Present. Research Assistant on NSF Grant SBR-97-27050 (PI: Dr. Dan I. Slobin,
Title: "Can a deaf child learn to sign from hearing parents?").
Duties include designing and testing the Berkeley Transcription System (a system for morphological transcription of sign languages) using videotaped adult-child interaction in American Sign Language and Sign Language of the Netherlands.
1997-1998. Research Assistant on ASL and English Narrative Discourse Project (PI: Dr. Philip Prinz)
Texas Teacher Certification in Deaf Education.
Professional certification in secondary education from the Council of Educators of the Deaf.
Teaching Certification from the District of Columbia.
Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf Certification – CI (interpretation) and CT (transliteration)
Texas Commission for the Deaf BEI certification - Level III
SELECTED SERVICE ACTIVITIES
NCATE coordinator Department of Education
Report compiler for Association for Childhood Education International accreditation report
Undergraduate Education program director
OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
2005 - Reviewer for AERA – Deafness Special Interest Group proposals (for 2006 conference)
2005 – Attended AACTE conference