KATHEE MANGAN CHRISTENSEN, PH.D.
HEAD; DIVISION OF EDUCATION OF THE DEAF
SCHOOL OF SPEECH. LANGUAGE AND HEARING SCIENCES
SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
INSTITUTION YEARS DEGREE MAJOR
Fayette, Missouri 1958-60 English
Mac Murray College
Jacksonville, Ill. 1960-62 B.A. English
Univ. of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisc. 1962-63 M.S. Deaf Ed.
Claremont, Ca. 1981-85 Ph.D. Education
Sounds and signs of communication: A comparative study
of inquiry, request and response behavior in
hearing impaired and hearing preschool children
TEACHING POSITIONS AND RANKS HELD
Professor Emeritus, SLHS
San Diego State University 2005-present
Consultant, National University 2005-2007
Professor; School of Speech, Language
and Hearing Science, SDSU 1991-2005
Head, Division of Education of the Deaf
Clinic Director, Education of the Deaf present
Affirmative Action Coordinator
Office of the President; SDSU (half time release) 1994-1998
Director of Liberal Studies, SDSU 1988-1991
Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies (half time release)
Dept. of Communicative Disorders, SDSU 1986-1991
Dept. of Communicative Disorders, SDSU 1978-1986
Assistant Professor, Ed. of the Deaf
Mac Murray College, Jacksonville, Ill. 1975-1978
Teacher of the deaf, Sunnymont Preschool
Cupertino Unified School District
Cupertino, Ca. 1974-1975
Teacher/consultant, Project IDEA
(Infant Deafness Early Assistance)
San Jose, Ca. 1972-1974
Teacher, New York School for the Deaf
White Plains, New York 1963-65 &
Teacher, California School for the Deaf
Berkeley, Ca. 1965-1967
RELATED PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Faculty member, Health Careers Opportunities
Program (HCOP) 1984-2000
Site coordinator, Perkins National Consortium,
Summer in-service training for professionals in
Editorial board, American Annals of the Deaf 1999 to present
ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS
Christensen, K. (1980). Utilization of vtr programs as educational enrichment for
Spanish-speaking families and their deaf children. American Annals of the Deaf, 125,
Christensen, K. (1985). Conceptual sign language as a bridge between English and
Spanish. American Annals of the Deaf, 130, 244-249.
Christensen, K. (1986). Sign language acquisition by Spanish-speaking parents of deaf
children. American Annals of the Deaf, 131, 285-287.
Christensen, K. (1988). I see what you mean: nonverbal communication strategies of
young deaf children. American Annals of the Deaf, 133, 270-275.
Szeto. A. & Christensen, K. (1988). Technological devices for deaf-blind children:
need and potential impact. Engineering in Medicine and Biology, 7, 25-27.
Christensen, K. (1989). ASL/ESL: A bilingual education approach to education of
children who are deaf. Teaching English to Deaf and Second Language Students, 7, 9-
Christensen, K. (1990). Thinking about thinking: Cognitive development of deaf
children. American Annals of the Deaf, 135, 222-226.
Christensen, K. (1990). American Sign Language and English: Parallel bilingualism.
The Deaf American Monograph, 40, 27-30.
Christensen, K. & Luckner, J. (1995). Teacher preparation in the 21st century: Meeting
diverse needs. Journal of Childhood Communication Disorders, 17, 27-31.
Nover, S., Christensen, K. & Cheng, L. (1998). Development of communicative
competence for learners who are deaf: a 21st century perspective. Topics in Language
Disorders, 18, 61-72.
Christensen, K. (1991). A functional analysis of nonverbal and verbal communication
acts. In D. Martin (ed.), Cognition, Education and Deafness . Washington,D.C.:
Christensen, K. (1993). Creating new possibilities for children who are deafblind. In O.
Welch (ed.), Research and Practice in Deafness. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C.
Christensen, K. (1996). American deaf culture: Notes from the periphery. In L. Naylor
(ed.), Cultural Diversity in the United States. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood.
Cheng. L. & Christensen, K. (2000). Myth or reality: publish or perish. In H. Trueba,
ed., Immigrant Voices.
Christensen, K. (2002). A case study of Moises, a trilingual deaf child. In V. Pang,
Multicultural Education: A Caring-centered, Reflective Approach. New York: Mc
ARTICLES IN REFEREED PROCEEDINGS
Christensen, K. (1980). Preparation of teachers of the hearing impaired. Proceedings of
the International Congress on Education of the Deaf, 1, Hamburg, Germany: Julius
Christensen, K. (1981). A cogni-affective teacher preparation experience. Focus on
Infusion, II. Silver spring, MD.: Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf.
Christensen, K. (1984). Reading sign language. Claremont Reading Conference
Yearbook. Claremont, CA. : Claremont Graduate School.
Christensen, K. (1986). Tonal production in the oral communication of Mandarin-
speaking and English-speaking deaf children. Proceedings of the Second Sino-American
Symposium on Speech and Hearing. Taipei, Taiwan: National Taiwan Normal
Christensen, K. (1989). Application of cognitive theory to language acquisition and
education. Proceedings of the Seminar on Communication and Language Disorders.
Taipei, Taiwan: Taipei Municipal Teachers College.
Christensen, K. (1991). Bilingual-multicultural education of children who are deaf.
Proceedings of the CAID/CEASD Convention. New Orleans, June.
Christensen, K. (1992). Multicultural issues in the 21st century. Proceedings of the
International Symposium on Teacher Education in Deafness. Gallaudet University,
Washington, D.C., June.
UNPUBLISHED REFEREED PAPERS BEFORE PROFESSIONAL
Utilization of videotaped sign language programming with Spanish-speaking parents of
deaf children. 13th symposium on Media Development for the Hearing Impaired,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Spring, 1980.
Sign language usage. 21st Annual Convention of the California Association of Teachers
of the Hearing Impaired, February, 1981.
Trilingual education. American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
(ACTFL), November, 1982.
Trilingual education of the deaf. California Conference on the Severely Handicapped,
A mass media approach to sign language instruction for Spanish-speaking parents of deaf
children. Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf, June, 1985.
Bridges to communication. American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA),
Functional analysis of nonverbal and verbal communication acts. Convention of
American Instructors of the Deaf, June, 1985.
From theory to practice. American Speech-Language Hearing Association, November,
Tonal language acquisition by hearing impaired children. Alexander Graham Bell
Association International Convention, June, 1986.
Tonal language acquisition. California Speech-Language Hearing Association, April,
Gesture, glance and gaze: Assessment of Nonverbal and Verbal Communication.
Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf, June, 1987.
Trilingual education. American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese,
Verbal and nonverbal communication of children who are deafblind. National
Association of the Severely Handicapped (TASH), December, 1989.
Keynote: Cross-cultural education of the deaf. University of the Americas, Mexico City,
Mexico, June, 1990.
Bilingual and trilingual education models for deaf and deafblind children. International
Congress on Education of the Deaf, July, 1990.
Keynote: Multicultural issues in deafness. Show-me State Conference, Columbia,
Missouri, February, 1991.
Keynote: Multicultural issues in special education. Spring lecture series, Trenton State
Plenary address, Multicultural Issues in Deafness. Association of College Educators-
DHH, March, 1997.
Teacher preparation issues. National conference on deafblindness, Washington, D.C.,
Current methods in ESL. Providence University, Taiwan, 2001.
Let’s try something different. CAID regional conference, Vancouver, Washington,
Issues in Bilingual-Multicultural Education. CAL-ED, Spring, 2003.
Invited speaker: I See What You Mean: Assessment of children who are deaf or deaf
with special needs. Oxford Round Table, Oxford University, Oxford, England, April,
Christensen, K. & Christensen, B. (1985). Trilingual education. San Diego: San Diego
State University Press.
Christensen, K. & Delgado, G. (eds.). (1993). Multicultural issues in deafness. White
Plains, New York: Longman.
Christensen, K. (ed.). (2000). Deaf-plus: A multicultural perspective. San Diego:
Proposal submitted to Gallaudet University Press, Fall, 2007, Ethics in Education of the
Deaf, (working title).
SCHOLARLY AWARDS AND HONORS
Elected to Phi Kappa Phi, Spring, 1985
Elected to Golden Key, Spring, 1986
Meritorious performance and professional promise award, 1987 and 1990
Honorary diploma from the Universidad de las Americas, A.C., Mexico City, June, 1990
Phi Beta Delta, Executive board, 1993-1994; President-elect, 1995-1996; President,
Special service award, American Society for Deaf Children, June, 1994
Frederick C. Schreiber Distinguished Service Award, National Association of the Deaf,
July, 1996 (Presented to an individual who has contributed the most to the deaf
community in the United States)
Gallaudet University Alumni Association-San Diego Chapter, Outstanding Leadership
Award, May, 1999
Lifetime Achievement Award, Association of College Educators: Deaf and Hard of
FUNDED RESEARCH GRANTS: P. I.
A mass media approach to sign language instruction for Spanish-speaking families with
deaf children. United States Office of Education, 1981-1983, $150,000.00.
Application of technological devices for the enhancement of cognitive performance and
communication in prelingual deafblind children, United States Department of Education,
1987-1989, $235,992.00. renewal, 1989-1990, $120, 874.00
Dean’s grant to support tonal language research, CHHS, 1988-1990, $4,500.00
Education of children who are deafblind, Hilton Perkins National Program, 1994-1999,
Preparation of teachers for children who are deafblind, Hilton Perkins National Program,
Preparing low incidence disabilities specialists, United States Department of Education,
Convention of American Instructors of the deaf (CAID). President, CAID Ethnic and
Multicultural Special Interest Group, 1983-1993.
California Association of Educators of the Deaf (CAL-ED). President, SIG on teacher
education, 1985-1987; secretary, SIG on teacher education, 1990-1994.
American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), 1988-1994. ASHA-CED
joint committee, 1988-1992.
Council on Education of the Deaf (CED), Executive board, 1987-1994; President, 1992-
1994; Chair, Subcommittee on professional standards, 1998-2000.
Conference of Educational Administrators in Schools and programs for the Deaf
(CEASD), Board of Directors, 1988-1990, Multicultural Committee, 1987 to 1990;
Chair, Professional Preparation Committee, 1988-1989.
Association of College Educators-DHH (ACEDHH), President-elect, 1990-1991,
National conference chair, 1991, President, 1991-1992, Conference site committee, 1999-
2000, Chair, Legislative committee, 2000-2001, Publications committee, 2001-2002.
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Chair, Academic session on
American Sign Language, March, 1991.
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), 1992-present, Co-chair, Joint CED-CEC
national professional standards revision committee, 1992-1994.
National Association of the Deaf, 1990 to present, ASL standards subcommittee, NAD-
ASHA committee on sign pathology, School restructuring committee, Representative to
the International Congress on Education of the Deaf, Sydney, Australia, 2000.
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS
Moderator, Panel on Ethic Concerns, CAID, June, 1987.
Panelist, Ethics in Deaf America: Education and language; Invitational conference,
CSU-Northridge, June, 1989.
National symposium on multicultural issues in deafness, Gallaudet University, March,
Co-chair, National symposium on multicultural issues in deafness, SDSU, April, 1990.
ASL in Education, Gallaudet University, Fall, 1992.
Plenary address: Association of College Educators-DHH Conference, Santa Fe, NM,
Invited speaker, Roles of SLPs and teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing in
classrooms, Short course, ASHA, November, 1999.
Invited speaker, English as a Second Language symposium, Spring, 2002, Providence
Consultant to Rancho Sordo Mudo, Baja California, Mexico
Member, California Deafblind Services (CDBS)
Transdisciplinary educational assessment model (team), 1993 and 1994
Consultant to Latin American Studies, SDSU
Advisory board, Institute for International Security and Conflict Resolution, 1994-1996
Advisory board, SDSU Disabled Students Services, 1995 to 2005
Advisory board, San Diego City Schools Project NEEDS
Advisory board, Deaf Community Services of San Diego, 1998-2000
Consultant, Dade County Special Education District, Miami, Florida
Advisory board, California Deafblind Services, 1996 to 2005
Peer reviewer, CED certification, San Jose State University, Spring, 2003
Reviewer: APA Journal
Editorial board: American Annals of the Deaf
Docent, San Diego Museum of Art, 2005- present
Development of a program for deaf individuals
Board member, Common Ground Theatre, San Diego
Board member, San Diego School of Christian Studies