Amanda Howerton-Fox, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Faculty Liaison, Academic Pathways at Iona
- Ph.D., Special Education/Applied Linguistics, Teachers College – Columbia University
- MA, Deaf Education, Teachers College – Columbia University
- M.Ed., Reading Education, Peabody College – Vanderbilt University
- BA, English (with distinction), Amherst College
Dr. Amanda Howerton-Fox teaches introductory and advanced courses in language and literacy development, action research methods, social justice, and American Sign Language. She is committed to preparing teachers to work effectively with students whose cultures and languages have been historically undervalued by our nation’s schools, such as bi/multilingual learners, deaf students who use American Sign Language, and speakers of non-standard dialects.
- Linguistically responsive teaching
- Deaf children’s language and literacy development
- Bimodal bilingual education
- Sign language linguistics
- Teacher preparation and professional development
Howerton-Fox, A., Veyvoda, M., Park, H., and Silvestri, J. (2021, in press). Transforming ELA Instruction Through a Dance Literacy Curriculum: A School-Research Collaboration. Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education.
Arora, S., Smolen, E., Wang, Y., Hartman, M., Howerton-Fox, A. and Rufsvold, R. (2020). Quantity or diversity: Language environments and language development of children with hearing loss. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 25(4). 457-468.
Veyvoda, M. and Howerton-Fox, A. (2020). I don’t love language; I love children: Students’ knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about linguistics and their choice to major in Speech-Language Pathology. Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 12(2). 80-114. https://doi.org/10.14305/jn.19440413.2020.12.2.01
Falk, J.L., Di Perri, K.A., Howerton-Fox, A., & Jezik, C. (2020). Implications of a sight word intervention for deaf students. American Annals of the Deaf, 165(1). 1-30.
Howerton-Fox, A. (2020, May 4). Teaching is hard, and now everyone knows it. The Journal News.
Howerton-Fox, A. (2019). What went unsaid in my TEDx talk on language, literacy, and deafness: Invited editorial. American Annals of the Deaf, 164(2), 170-174. doi: 10.1353/aad.2019.0016
Howerton-Fox, A. and Falk, J.L. (2019). Deaf children as English learners: The psycholinguistic turn in deaf education. Education Sciences, 9(133), 1-30.
Howerton-Fox, A. and Falk, J.L. (2019). Supporting families in program transition and the hard truths of early language: What should we say to Parents? Odyssey: New Directions of Deaf Education, 20, 4-7.
Howerton-Fox, A. (Guest). (2019, May 14). Seeing language differently [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhXAOEkt9bo&feature=youtu.be
Howerton-Fox, A. (2018, April 18). Language beyond the sound barrier [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/amanda_howerton_fox_language_beyond_the_sound_barrier
Publications Under Review
Howerton-Fox, A. Creating Faithful Transcripts in Multilingual/Bimodal Interview Contexts: A Research Note. Submitted to Qualitative Research, January 2021.
Dr. Howerton-Fox’s current line of research aims to improve bimodal bilingual instruction for deaf children through curriculum development and teacher professional development that are based on research findings in comparative linguistics, language acquisition, literacy development, and deaf epistemologies. Her doctoral research examined the nature of the linguistic knowledge that expert teachers in a Swedish bimodal bilingual school for the deaf drew upon in their language and literacy instruction. Prior to her graduate work, Dr. Howerton-Fox was a teacher of the deaf in Brooklyn, a professional development provider in language and literacy in the Bronx, and a teacher of English as Second Language in Sweden. She has received numerous awards for her scholarly pursuits in education, including Iona’s Stephen Porch Award for Faculty Innovation, the Hynes Institute’s faculty fellowship, Teachers College’s Magsaysay-Boxley scholarship, and Amherst’s John Woodruff Simpson and Warner Gardner Fletcher fellowships. Dr. Howerton-Fox has given a TEDx talk on deafness and language acquisition and has published her research in peer-reviewed journals and presented it at national conferences. In 2020, her literature review, "Deaf children as English learners: The psycholinguistic turn in deaf education," was cited in the Biden administration's Plan for Full Participation and Equality for People with Disabilities.
“Achieving Family-Centered and Unbiased Service-Delivery for Children Who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Their Families” (Veyvoda, M., and Howerton-Fox, A.), Webinar, New York State Speech Language and Hearing Association (NYSSLHA)’s 2020 Virtually Unconventional Continuing Education Program, November 2020.
“Tools for Teaching English Syntax through American Sign Language” (Howerton-Fox, A., and Falk, J. L.), Video Presentation, National Deaf Education Association (NDEC), July 2020.
“Lessons from a Think Tank: Active Listening and Mindful Speaking” (Veyvoda, M., Howerton-Fox, A., and Clough, S.), Paper presentation, New York State Speech Language and Hearing Association (NYSSLHA), Tarrytown, NY, April 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19).
“Teaching Language through Print: Developing a Print-Based English Grammar Curriculum in a Sign Bilingual Context” (Howerton-Fox, A. and Falk, J.L.), Poster presentation, American Association of Applied Linguistics, Denver, CO, March 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19).
“Teaching Literacy through Dance: A School Research Partnership” (Howerton-Fox, A., Veyvoda, M., and Park, H.), Workshop presentation, American College Educators – Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH), Atlanta, GA, February 2020.
“Designing Our Future: From Empathy to Experiential Learning in Curriculum Design” (Howerton-Fox, A., Pacheco-Jorge, L., and Olson, L.), Paper presentation, United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), New Orleans, LA, January 2020.
“Examining Language Environments of Children with Hearing Loss: Quantity or Diversity?” (Arora, S., Smolen, E., Wang, Y., Hartman, M., Howerton-Fox, A. and Rufsvold, R.), Paper presentation, American Educational Research Association (AERA), Toronto, Canada, April 2019.
“Perspectives on Cued Speech: Where Student Beliefs Meet Researcher Bias” (Howerton-Fox, A., Veyvoda, M., and Montgomery, J.), American Educational Research Association (AERA), Toronto, Canada, April 2019.
“Designing a Scope and Sequence for a Bimodal Bilingual Curriculum: Researchers and Teachers in Collaboration” (Howerton-Fox, A. and Falk, J.L.), Symposium presentation, American College Educators – Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH), Chicago, IL, February 2019.
“The Role an Interest in Linguistics Plays in the Career Choice of Speech-Language Pathology Undergraduates” (Veyvoda, M. and Howerton-Fox, A.), Poster presentation American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Boston, MA. November 2018.
“Creating Faithful Transcripts in Multilingual/Bimodal Interview Contexts: A Case for Robust Methodological Procedures,” Paper presentation, American Educational Research Association (AERA), New York, NY, April 2018.
“Case Study of School in Transition: First Steps in Adopting a Bilingual-Bimodal Approach” (Howerton-Fox, A. and Falk, Jodi L.), Paper presentation, American College Educators – Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH), Tucson, AZ, February 2018.
“Enacting a Bilingual Grammar Curriculum: Syntactic Knowledge of Teachers of the Deaf” (Howerton-Fox, A. and Falk, Jodi L.), Paper presentation, New York State Council for Exceptional Children (NYS-CEC), Binghamton, NY, October 2017.
“The Role of Comparative Linguistics in the Preparation of Teachers of the Deaf in Sweden,” Paper presentation, American College Educators – Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH), San Antonio, TX, February 2017.
“Teaching Methods to Address Modality Differences between Signed and Spoken Languages,” Roundtable presentation, American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco, CA, April 2013.
“Using ‘Portraits’ of Grammar Teaching in the Preparation of Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing,” Paper presentation, Association of College Educators - Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH), Santa Fe, NM, January 2013.