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Mark Rust
  • Associate Professor of Asl/Deaf Education

ASL Studies & Deaf Education

Drawing upon my experiences as a Child of Deaf Adults (CODA), I entered the Deaf Education teaching profession at the University of Northern Colorado. From there I began my teaching career working at the Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick, Maryland, until twenty-two years later, I made the move to the Hill while completing my doctoral degree in Adult Education from Capella University. For the past ten years I have been involved with Deaf schools in the Dominican Republic. Bringing McDaniel students to the island and interacting with Deaf children and the Deaf community has been a valuable cultural and learning experience. Watching Deaf children have the world of knowledge unfold before their eyes, regardless of which country you are in, is a marvel to behold. Knowing both languages, ASL and English, is a valuable resource to possess when working with Deaf children. Knowing how to fluidly move from one language to the other allows the nuances of both languages to engage student learning. This concept of translanguaging is a fascinating concept which is explored throughout the program we offer here.


Ph.D. in Adult Education, Capella University
M.A. in Deaf Education, University of Northern Colorado
B.A. in Elementary Education/Deaf Education, University of Northern Colorado

Research Interests

  • Translanguaging

  • Bilingual education

  • Assessments

Recent Courses

  • DED 511: Foundations of Deaf Education

  • DED 582: Bilingual Approaches to Teaching Deaf Students

  • ASL 3339: International Perspectives on Sign Languages and Deaf Culture

Selected Publications

  • Rust, M. M. (2006). Deaf education in third world countries. Proceedings of the International Conference on Education, USA, 4, 5184-5213.

  • Rust, M. M. (2007). ASL assessment for second language learners: An exploration of alternatives for deaf test-takers (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from Dissertations & Theses @ Capella University database. (Publication No. AAT 3288790).