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MS - Deaf Education: Faculty

Samuel B. Silke, D.Ed.
Carrie Brollier
Joseph E. Fischgrund
William J. Hudson
Rebecca King

Samuel B. Slike, D.Ed.
Director of Special Education Online Programs

Samuel B. Silke, D.Ed., SJU Director of Special Education Online Programs

Previously held position as Professor and Curriculum Coordinator of the Master of Science Education of the Deaf/HH Program at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania where he prepared teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing for 32 years.

Dr. Slike and his colleagues won the international Platinum Award (highest honor) from the IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc. for their presentation “Wimba @ Work: Improving Access for High Needs Career Education (2011) Long Beach, CA; the “Innovation in Teaching Teachers of Deaf/HH Technology Award,” at the (2009) 35th Annual Conference of the Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH), New Orleans, LA; and the Bronze Award at the United States Distance Learning Awards – Best Practices in Higher Education for: 74.201.99 History, Education and Guidance of the Deaf/HH Online Course – Bloomsburg University (2008) in Saint Louis, Missouri.

He was the lead developer for 2 CD-ROM projects that were nationally marketed: Introduction to Sign Language: A CD-ROM Approach (2001) and Speechreading Challenges on CD-ROM (1999).

Dr. Slike is also credited with the establishment of the first Bachelor’s degree program for training interpreters for the deaf/hh in the state of Pennsylvania (1982). In addition to the above he has published numerous articles and has presented on the state, national, and international levels. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University in Deaf Education, a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Scranton, and a doctorate in Educational Administration from the Pennsylvania State University.

Helping Students Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing Succeed by John L. Luckner, Samuel B. Slike, and Harold Johnson

Carrie Brollier, SJU Adjunct Professor, Deaf EducationCarrie Brollier
Adjunct Professor, Teacher Certification / Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

Carrie Brollier is an educator with 8 years of experience in the field of Deaf Education and 2 years of previous experience working with students with emotional and behavior disorders. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2007 and holds a B.A. in English from Calvin College (2002). Ms. Brollier has additionally finished seven doctoral courses in the area of audiology with 50 hours of clinical experience during which she conducted Newborn Hearing Screenings and ABR and DPOAE testing.

Ms. Brollier currently teaches in a self-contained classroom in the greater Boston area with children, ages 3-6, who have hearing loss. Her work with this population contributed to the presentation “Exploring Executive Function in Preschool Children” (2010) presented by Ms. Brollier and two colleagues at the A.G. Bell Convention, Orlando, FL. She is currently researching best practices for teaching phonological awareness to children with hearing loss with the intention of developing a curriculum guide specifically for use in the deaf education preschool classroom.   

In addition to her classroom work, Ms. Brollier has an interest in education for deaf children in developing countries. In 2014, she spent two months in Uganda, East Africa where she provided training for teachers of the deaf at multiple sites and gathered information on current resources for deaf and hard of hearing children in that country. At this time, Ms. Brollier is working alongside other professionals in an attempt to provide diagnostic equipment and training for hospitals and clinics in Uganda that are not equipped to identify hearing loss in young children.

Joseph E. Fischgrund, SJU Adjunct Professor, Deaf EducationJoseph E. Fischgrund
Adjunct Professor, Teacher Certification / Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

 has been an educator of deaf students for many years, most notably as the Headmaster of The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (PSD) in Philadelphia, PA, a position he held for 21 years. Prior to coming to PSD he was Principal of the Lexington School for the Deaf in New York, Director of Academic Affairs at the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf in Maine, and Staff Linguist and Language Curriculum Coordinator at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf. Under his leadership, PSD diversified and grew, including the re-establishment of its secondary school program, the development of a nationally recognized school-based mental health program and numerous collaborative programs with Gallaudet University. After leaving PSD, Mr. Fischgrund served as Interim Director of the Delaware School for the Deaf and as Interim Superintendent at the New Jersey School for the Deaf. He currently consults with several schools for the deaf throughout the United States in the areas of program assessment and school improvement.

Mr. Fischgrund has also been active in a number of leadership roles at state and national levels, including serving as President of the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf, and is widely recognized by his peers as an outstanding educational leader. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED), an organization that sets nationally recognized standards for teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing and accredits teacher preparation programs. In recent years, Mr. Fischgrund has also been an adjunct faculty member at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA and Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Fischgrund’s academic background is in theoretical linguistics, with specialties in English grammar and the history of the English language, but he has made the education of deaf children, especially language acquisition and development, his passion for over 30 years. He remains active academically as a manuscript reviewer for several publishers and is currently a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. He has also published numerous articles in professional journals and contributed chapters to textbooks and professional collections. Most recently, he co-authored (with Dr. Oscar P. Cohen and Dr. Harry G. Lang), Moments of Truth: The Story of a Deaf Leader, Robert R. Davila (RIT Press, 2008).

William J. Hudson, SJU Adjunct Professor, Deaf EducationWilliam J. Hudson
Adjunct Professor, Teacher Certification / Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

Mr. Hudson recently retired after more than thirty years of teaching students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. He has worked in a variety of educational settings including; center based programs for special needs students, a center school for the deaf and a public school district’s hearing support program.

For most of his career in education, he was a teacher serving students who were Deaf and Hard of Hearing in contained classrooms and as an itinerant service provider. He was also a program supervisor. He retired as the lead teacher for the D/HH program for the School District of Philadelphia.

Mr. Hudson served on Pennsylvania’s Educational Resources for Children with Hearing Loss (ERCHL). He was past president of the Pennsylvania Educators of Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (PESDHH). He holds a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College and received his Masters in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College. He holds a Supervisor of Special Education certificate from Temple University. He also received a certificate in Coastal Navigation from the Coast Guard.

“I am excited about this new certification program at St Joseph’s University. Our profession needs motivated and competent teachers who will be able to meet the diverse needs of the students in our care. I am looking forward to getting to know the members of our cohort.”

Rebecca King
Adjunct Professor, Teacher Certification / Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

Rebecca King, SJU Adjunct Professor, Deaf Education

Rebecca King has been an educator of deaf and hard of hearing students for eight years.  She has taught at The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (PSD) for three years in an Elementary Life Skills Class.  She is currently in her sixth year teaching in the Philadelphia School District, where she co-teaches with regular education teachers. 

Mrs. King has been an advocate for the special education students with whom she works; creating curriculum and schedules that best fit her students.  She is also active in a non-profit that prompts leadership skills through training students to run a marathon. 

Mrs. King received her undergraduate degree from Bloomsburg University in ASL/English Interpreting.  She continued at Bloomsburg and received her Master's degree in Education of Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  A few years later she attended Arcadia University and earned her Master's in Special Education and Elementary Education.  In 2014, Rebecca became National Board Certified.

“I’m excited to be part of the faculty at Saint Joseph’s and share my experiences with students who are eager to join the field of educating students who are deaf and hard of hearing!”

Deaf Education