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Cheryl Shahan

Cheryl Shahan, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Educational Interpreting Program


Cheryl L. Shahan is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education.

Shahan received a PhD degree in Deaf Education with a focus in sex-gender equity from Gallaudet University.  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 Dr. Shahan’s research was the development of an observation system that can be used in tandem with other teacher assessment tools. Shahan’s research interests include teacher-students interactions, sex-gender equity in the classroom, and the use of ASL-English bilingualism practices.

Shahan holds additional degrees from the University of Northern Colorado and Western Maryland College (currently McDaniel College). She 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).


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Cheryl Shahan

Contact Information

  • A211 Jane and David Bailey Education Complex, 1126 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996
  • Phone: 865-264-2233
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