Sheryl Cooper

Associate Professor, Deaf Studies Program Coordinator


Contact Information

Office: VB 018


Ph.D. in Educational Administration, Gallaudet University, 1997
M.A. in Deafness Rehabilitation Counseling, New York University, 1980
B.A. in Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 1978

Areas of Expertise

The Deafblind Community
The Jewish Deaf Community
Academic Status of Sign Language in Institutions of Higher Education in the United States
Career Paths of Deaf Studies Graduates
Service Learning in Deaf Studies

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  • ASL Interpreter certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.

Peer reviewed publications

  • Cooper, S.B., Cripps, J. H., & Reisman, J. I. (2013). Service-learning in Deaf studies: Impact on the development of altruistic behaviors and social justice concern. American Annals of the Deaf, 157 (5), 413-427.
  • Cooper, S. B., Emanuel, D.C., & Cripps, J. H. (2012). Deaf studies alumni perceptions of the academic program and off-campus internship. American Annals of the Deaf, 157 (4), 373-390.
  • Cooper, S.B., Reisman, J. I., & Watson, D. (2011). Sign language program structure and content in institutions of higher education in the United States, 1994-2004. Sign Language Studies, 11.
  • Cooper, S.B., Reisman, J. I., & Watson, D. (2008). The status of sign language instruction in institutions of higher education: 1994-2004. American Annals for the Deaf, 153.
  • Cripps, J. H. & Cooper, S. B. (2012). Service-Learning in Deaf Studies: Integrating academia and deaf community. Journal of American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association, 46(1), 354-368.
  • Cripps, J. H., Cooper, S. B., Supalla, S. J., & Evitts, P. M. (2015). Meeting the needs of signers in the field of speech-language pathology: Some considerations for action. Communication Disorders Quarterly.
  • Murray, E., Cripps, J. H., Cooper, S. B., & Wynd, M. (2015). Internet access through American Sign Language: A pilot study of innovative web designs. Reinvention: an International Journal of Undergraduate Research, 8(1), Retrieved from issues/volume8issue1/murray/. Date accessed May 1, 2015.

Book Chapters

  • Cooper, S. B.,& Cripps, J. H. (2015). Service-Learning: Deaf Studies in the community. In O. Delano-Oriaran, M. W. Penick-Parks, & S. Fondrie (Eds.), Service-Learning and civic engagement (pp. 287-294). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
  • Cripps, J. H., & Cooper, S. B. (in press). Signed language pathology. In P. Boudreault, G. Gertz,& J. G. Golson (Eds.), The Deaf Studies encyclopedia. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.