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Dr. Kurt Metz

Dr. Kurt Metz

Dr. Kurt Metz is an assistant professor in RU’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) program, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s sole program for this low-incidence population. He teaches both undergraduate- and graduate-level coursework, which include Introduction to Deafness, Curriculum and Methods for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, and Language Development and Literacy for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students. Other responsibilities center on supervision of field experiences as well as academic advising. Kurt also organizes and coordinates the Silent Gatherings, an experience designed to enhance RU students’ sign language skills as part of their four-level American Sign Language (ASL) course sequence.

Research and teaching interests in relation to learners in the schools who are DHH include: attention and executive functioning, learning and memory, visual-spatial functioning, language development, use of conceptually-accurate ASL in the classroom, and psychological assessment and evaluation.

Kurt’s educational background and training include the following: B.S.Ed., Social Studies, Shippensburg University; M.A., Counseling of the Hearing Impaired (School track), Gallaudet University; Ed.S., School Psychology, Auburn University; Ph.D., School Psychology, University of Kentucky.

Finally, Kurt is hard of hearing (i.e., a moderately-severe to severe bilateral hearing loss), and although he uses spoken English as his primary language modality, he has been acquiring ASL skills as a second language since 1987.