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Kim M. Misener Dunn

203 N. Park Drive
Spartanburg, SC 29302

(864) 285-0571


Ph.D., Expected 2017

Critical Studies in Education for Deaf Learners,

Gallaudet University, Washington DC, USA
Areas of specialization: Narrative structural analysis;
oracy; bilingual education

M.S., 1997

ASL-English Bilingual Education for the Deaf and Hard

of Hearing, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD, USA
Areas of specialization: American Sign Language; literacy;
bilingual education; secondary Social Studies

B.A., 1990

Political Science and International Development Studies

Saint Marys University, Halifax, NS, Canada

Research Interests
Deaf aesthetic, narrative and performative analysis: American Sign Language (ASL)
storytelling repertoire, ethnographic research, ASL-English bilingualism, family centered
approaches, qualitative research design and mixed methods research.
Teaching Interests
Second language acquisitions, first and second language variations, Deaf literature, Deaf history,
socio-linguistics, language pedagogy, children and youth adolescents literature, and literacy

South Carolina State Board of Education Educator Certificate (2015-2020)
Areas of Certification:

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Grades 6-12)

American Sign Language (Grades K-12)
Highly Qualified in English/Language Arts (Grades 6-12)
SC ADEPT Teacher Mentor


Professional Experiences

Research Experience
Research Intern
Visual Language and Visual Learning, Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. Summer
Responsible for transcribing N=44 deaf childrens narrative retell in ASL for The Education and
Research Translation: APP in Usability Study.
Assessed deaf childrens ASL expressive skills, created narrative stage levels, reading
levels, and analyzed results.
Submitted the report.
University Teaching Experience
Clemson University, Clemson, SC

August 2013-Present

Responsible for teaching ASL in the undergraduate Modern Languages Program as a required
course for graduation:

Teach ASL 101, 102, 201, 202 and 302 using Signing Naturally Levels I, II & III
Customize syllabi
Teach Deaf Literature
Teach Advanced Applications in ASL: Special Topics: Transliterating printed English to
American Sign Language (ASL) in childrens literature from pre-kindergarten through
second grade
Integrate digital storytelling activities to enhance students visual learning of second
Assess students ASL skills for E-Dossier

Adjunct Professor
Converse College, Spartanburg, SC

August 2008-December 2014

Responsible for teaching Advanced ASL as a foreign language course to undergraduates and
deaf pre-service teachers as a requirement for graduation:

Taught ASL Levels III-IV using Signing Naturally Levels II & III
Customized syllabi for ASL Levels 111- IV (SED 391 and SED 392)
Taught ASL Literature and Deaf History
Assessed students ASL skills for Deaf Education program


Peer-Reviewed Journals
Andrews, J., Clark, M., Misener Dunn, K., & Hamilton, B. (in press). Early Reading and Young
Deaf /HH Children: A Response to Cupples, Ching, Crowe, Day and Seeto (2014) and
Suggestions for an Alternative Framework. Reading Research Quarterly.
Wolsey, J., Misener Dunn, K., Gentzke, S., & Joharchi, H. (in press). Deaf/Hearing Research
Partnerships. American Annals of the Deaf.
Online Journal
Cue, K., Dunn, K.M., Foxsmith, E.L., Gash, A., Nowak, S., Santini, J., & Wright, J. (2013). A
Nation at Risk? One class perspective. Ecology of Education. Retrieved from

Referred Conferences
Brant, A., & Misener Dunn, K. (2015, October). Making Waves When You Dont Swear: A
Cross-Cultural Linguistic Study on Profanity in South Carolina. Presented at the 2015 Southeast
Regional Institute on Deafness, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Misener Dunn, K., Hamilton, B. Andrews, J., & Clark, D.M. (2016, February). Seven
Alternative Approaches To Teach Reading: For Signing Deaf Children. Poster session presented
at the 2016 Association of College Educators- Deaf and Hard of Hearing, New York City, New
Wolsey, J., Misener Dunn, K., Gentzke, S., & Joharchi, H. (2016, February). Deaf/Hearing
Research Partnerships. Poster session presented at the 2016 Association of College EducatorsDeaf and Hard of Hearing, New York City, New York.

Invited Presentations
Textualizing Poetics of ASL and Deaf Art: Body, Image, Space and Deafhood. Presented
at Clemson University, Clemson, SC, November 22, 2015.
Deaf Educators Perspectives on Education for the Deaf Panel. Presented at Clemson
University, Clemson, SC, November 24, 2015.


International Deaf Awareness Week: Equality to Access Language at Home and School.
Presented at Clemson University, Clemson SC, September, 2013.
Current Perspectives on Education for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing in American Schools.
Presented at Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority, Halifax, Nova Scotia,
Canada, July, 2011.
How to Interpret and Collect MAPs Student Progress Reports. Presented at South
Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind, Spartanburg, SC, March, 2011.
Creativity Works: Films
Misener Dunn, K. & Falvey-Flectcher, D. (1994). Deaf Maritime Heritage. Canadian
Cultural Society of the Deaf Historical Archives and Library.
Misener Dunn, K. & MacDougall, I. (2012). The Black Onyx.
University Services

Contributor for Department of Modern Languages Declamation Poetry 2013-Present

Member, SC Deaf-Hard of Hearing Education Partnership 2013-Present
Member, Search Committee for ASL Lecturer, January-March, 2016
Consultant for SC State ASL Curriculum Standards Revised 2016

Professional Affiliations

Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH), 2016
SC American Sign Language Teachers Association, 2015-Present
National American Sign Language & English Bilingual Consortium for Early Childhood
Education 2013-2015

American Sign Language, English, Maritime Sign Language

Professor Stephen Fitzmaurice, Assistant Professor of Interpreting, Department of Modern

Languages, Clemson University, Clemson, SC. sfitzma@clemson.edu

Professor Julie Mitchiner, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Gallaudet University,

Washington, D.C. julie.mitchiner@gallaudet.edu

Professor Salvador Oropesa, Department Chair of Modern Languages, Clemson University,

Clemson, SC. oropesa@clemson.edu