Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Deaf linguistics Prof Promoted

Carol Padden
Photo by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications
Carol Padden will be the new dean of the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California at San Diego. Padden was honored with a “genius grant” (MacArthur Fellowship) four years ago and has been a part of the faculty in the Department of Communication for more than 30 years. Starting in October, she will "lead an academic division with more than 9,000 undergraduates, 600 graduate students and faculty spanning 10 academic departments and 16 interdisciplinary programs and research centers."  Padden is well-known in the Deaf community for her research in language emergence, sign language structure, and cultural life in deaf communities. She has published two textbooks on ASL and two others about the history of the deaf community. Read more about the appointment here. Below is a video about her MacArthur Fellowship.