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Judith Emerson

Clinical Assistant Professor    American Sign Language Coordinator    

Doctor of Philosophy, Severe Disabilities, University of Southern Mississippi, 2011
Master of Education, Multiple/Severe Disabilities-DeafBlindness, University of Southern Mississippi, 2006
National Boards for Professional Teaching Certification, 2001
Associate of Applied Science, Interpreting for the Deaf, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, 1998
Bachelor of Science, Deaf Education, Ball State University, 1976


Fluent in American Sign Language


Dr. Judith Emerson holds a faculty position at Georgia State University in the College of Education, Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders. Emerson teaches in the Educator Preparation, Deaf Education Program, preparing future teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

In 2011,  Emerson was appointed by the University Provost as the Faculty Associate for Disabilities for the Georgia State University Campus where she works toward improving the campus environment for individuals with disabilities. Her research interests include investigating ways in which Universal Design can be implemented in physical and educational environments and best practice strategies for the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in all settings.

Emerson received her doctorate in special education at The University of Southern Mississippi, as well as a masters in severe disabilities focusing on deaf-blindness. She holds an A.A. degree in interpreting for the deaf, a B.S. degree in deaf education and is a Helen Keller Fellow. She spent many years as a classroom teacher in the field of special education in a variety of settings.


Heller, K.W., Coleman, M.B., Best, S., & Emerson, J. (in press). Teacher’s knowledge and support systems regarding students with terminal illness. Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Service.

Heller, K.W., Coleman, M.B, Best, S., & Emerson, J. (in progress). School nurses support and concerns regarding students with terminal illness.

Emerson, J. & Junor Clarke, P. (in progress). Bridging Pedagogy into Practice: From textbooks to field experiences in a teacher preparation program.

Emerson, J. & Bishop, J. (2012). Video phone technology and students with deaf-blindness: A method for increasing access and communication. Journal for Visual Impairment and Blindness. 106(10,) 622-633.

Emerson, J.M. (Producer) (2012). Seeing the possibilities of video phone technology: A face-to-face social networking program for students who are deafblind. [DVD].

Emerson, J. M. (2011). Curriculum-based measurement as a form of progress monitoring in correlation with teacher expectations in mathematics for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. ProQuest LLC. Umi 3455437.

Emerson, J. M. (2011). A Study of the Effectiveness of Video Conferencing as a Method for the Delivery of Sign Language Instruction. Synergy, 1(3), 31-37.