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Cheryl Shahan, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Deaf Studies

Biography

Cheryl L. Shahan is a clinical assistant professor and internship supervisor with the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education at the University of Tennessee.

Shahan received a PhD degree in Deaf Education with a focus in sex-gender equity. Her dissertation, titled “An Elementary Deaf Teacher’s Interactions with Deaf Girls and Deaf Boys”, explored classroom interactions based on students’ sex. A key part of Shahan’s research was the development of an observation system that can be used in tandem with other teacher assessment tools. She aims to provide information and knowledge about equities and social justice with University of Tennessee’s students and interns as future teachers of Deaf students. She also looks at ways to provide user-friendly observation system for students, as well as expanding the teacher assessment tools.

Shahan has experience teaching at the New Mexico School for the Deaf (NMSD), Buea School for the Deaf (BSD) in Cameroon, McDaniel College, Gallaudet University, and as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA).

 

Professional Background


Research

Shahan’s research interests include teacher-student interactions, sex-gender equity in the classroom, use of classroom observation tools, and the use of ASL-English bilingualism practices.


Education

Doctor of Education (Deaf Education), Gallaudet University, Washington, DC

Master of Science (Deaf Education), Western Maryland College (currently McDaniel College), Westminster, MD

Bachelor of Science (Recreation), University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

 


Professional Service

Institutional Service

Faculty Member, Inclusive Teaching Taskforce, The University of Tennessee (2019 – present)

College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, Inclusion and Diversity Committee (2019 – present)

Community Engaged Service

ASL-English Bilingual Committee, Tennessee School for the Deaf (2017 – present)

Member, Deaf Adult Role Models, Deaf Literacy Initiative (2018 – present)


Publications

Publications

 Szymanski, C., Lutz, L., Shahan, C., & Gala, N. (2013). Critical needs of students who are Deaf or hard of hearing: A public input summary. Washington, DC: Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, Gallaudet University.

Presentations

Shahan, C., Smith, D., Lawyer, G., & Holcomb, L. (February, 2019). Integrating Social Justice into a Teacher Preparation Program. Presentation at Association of College Educators-Deaf and Hard of Hearing Conference, Chicago, IL.

Smith D. & Shahan, C. (2018, February). Placing Deaf Teaching Candidates in a General Education Classroom with an Interpreter for their Practicums: Issues and Recommendations. Presentation at Association of College Educators-Deaf and Hard of Hearing Conference, Tucson, AZ.

Shahan, C. & Smith, D.  (2018, December). The Evolving Practice of Implementing Social Justice within Bilingual Deaf Education Program and Educational Interpreting Programs. Presented at the Southeastern Regional Symposium (SERS).

Smith, D. & Shahan, C.  (2018, December).  The Praxis of Preparing Deaf Scholars for the Praxis Exam. Presented at the Southeastern Regional Symposium (SERS).

Shahan, C. (2017, February).  Interacting with Deaf Girls and Deaf Boys in the Classroom. Association of College Educators-Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH), San Antonio, TX.

Shahan, C.  (2017, June). Gender Equity through Interactions. Workshop presented at the National Education Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Poster Presentations

Smith, D. & Shahan, C. (February 2019). The Practice of Preparing Deaf Scholars for the Praxis. Presentation at Association of College Educators-Deaf and Hard of Hearing Conference (ACE-DHH), Chicago, IL.

Shahan, C. (2017, February).  Interacting with Deaf Girls and Deaf Boys in the Classroom. Association of College Educators-Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH), San Antonio, TX.

External Grants: Funded

Smith, D., Wolbers, K., LaCava, C. & Shahan, C. (January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2023).

Tennessee Educational Interpreting and Deaf Education. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, CFDA 84.325K, $1,119,720, H325K180121.

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Contact Information

  • A211 Jane and David Bailey Education Complex, 1126 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996
  • Phone: 865-264-2233
  • E-mail: cshahan1@utk.edu