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Judith Emerson

Clinical Associate 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.


Emerson, J., Junor Clarke, P. and Moldavan, A. (submitted 2017). Bridging Pedagogy and Practice: From Coursework to Field Experiences in a Teacher Preparation Program.” Georgia Educator Research.

Tanguay, C., Many, J. E., Ariail, M., Bhatnagar, R., and Emerson, J. (Submitted manuscript). “An organic model of edTPA exploration and implementation.” In L. Kroeger & E. Alderton (Eds.), A look inside edTPA implementation: Insights and perspectives on best practice, May, 2016.

Emerson, J. (2015). “Inclusion: A strategy to promote success for secondary students who are deaf or hard of hearing.” Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education e-bulletin. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Emerson, J. (2014). “Developing communication and language skills with children who are deaf-blind.” Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education e-bulletin. New York, NY:  Oxford University Press.

Heller, K., Coleman, M.B., Best, S., Emerson, J. and Garrett, J.T. (2014). “Supporting children with life-threatening conditions in schools.” Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. 16(6) 355-361.

Heller, K.W., Coleman, M.B., Best, S., and Emerson, J. (2013). “Teacher’s knowledge and support systems regarding students with terminal illness.” Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Service, 32, 3- 29.