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Ellen Austin

Room C170, Peters Hall

Ellen teaches the education coursework at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the field of deaf education at Radford University. She also supervises field experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students and serves as academic advisor for these students as well.  Ellen is co-principal investigator and coordinator of the US DOE/VDOE Teacher Preparation and Profession Development Project – Hearing Impairment Prek-12 grant.  She organizes and facilitates state wide conferences in the field of deaf education every summer at Radford University that serve teachers of the deaf, speech language pathologists and general education teachers serving children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  She serves on the Virginia Network of Consultants for Professionals Working with Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (VNOC) for the state of Virginia and serves as a consultant for Salem City Schools for children who have cochlear implants.  She has a B.S. from Atlantic Christian College (now called Barton College) in Deaf Education, an M.S. from Radford University in Special Education, and various courses and workshops in educational interpreting.  She taught children with hearing loss in public schools for 22 years and for 15 of those years also served as coordinator for the Roanoke Valley Regional Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In that capacity she was responsible for supervising interpreters, planning professional training for teachers and interpreters and serving as a consultant for 6 cities and counties in the field of deaf education.  She was also responsible for planning in-service training for general education teachers for the purpose of facilitating successful inclusion of students with hearing loss.