Amanda Howerton-Fox, Ph.D.
Chair, Education Department
Assistant Professor of Education
co-director, Interdisciplinary advanced certificate in working with young deaf/hh children and their families
- 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. Dr. Howerton-Fox is also a co-director of the Interdisciplinary Interdisciplinary Advanced Certificate in Working with Young Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and their Families (IACD), a selective certificate program for Master’s degree students in Special Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, she founded Iona University Teachers Online (ICTO), a free, online tutoring program for grades K-12. She is committed to ensuring early language access and access to high quality bimodal bilingual education for all deaf children; and preparing teachers to work effectively with students whose cultures and languages have been historically undervalued by our nation’s schools.
- Culturally and Linguistically Sustaining Practices
- Deaf children’s language and literacy development
- Bimodal bilingual education
- Sign language linguistics
- Teacher preparation and professional development
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.
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. (2019). What went unsaid in my TEDx talk on language, literacy, and deafness: Invited editorial. American Annals of the Deaf, 164(2), 170-174.
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.
PUBLICATIONS in PERIODICALS
Howerton-Fox, A. Veyvoda, M., Park, H., and Silvestri, J. (2022, in press). Transforming ELA Instruction Through a Dance-Literacy Curriculum: A School-Research Collaboration. Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education.
Hartman, M., Arora, S. B., Francisco, M.P.B., Howerton-Fox, A., Montgomery, J., Nicolarakis, O.D., Rosenzweig, E.A., Rufsvold, R., Shi, L., Silvestri, J., Smolen, E.R., and Veyvoda, M.Z. (2021, in press). A dear colleague, friend, and mentor: Tributes to Dr. Ye (Angel) Wang from her Teachers College community. American Annals of the Deaf, 166(1).
Howerton-Fox, A. (2020, May 4). Teaching is hard, and now everyone knows it. The Journal News.
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].
Howerton-Fox, A. (2018, April 18). TEDx: Language beyond the sound barrier [Video file]. (over 2K views, translated into 4 languages)
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 research addresses the critical importance of early language access for deaf children and aims to improve bimodal bilingual instruction for the deaf through curriculum development and teacher professional development are based in 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 Junior Faculty Award and Stephen Porch Award for Faculty Innovation, the Hynes Institute’s faculty fellowship, Teachers College’s Magsaysay-Boxley scholarship, and Amherst College’s John Woodruff Simpson and Warner Gardner Fletcher fellowships for the improvement of education. 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, and she was recently awarded (with Dr. Michelle Veyvoda, Communication Sciences & Disorders) a $1.25 million grant from the US Department of Education to improve training for special educators and SLPs working with deaf and hard of hearing children in early childhood.
“Flipping the Classroom with Facebook: Pandemic-Era Strategies for Enhanced ASL Instruction” (Veyvoda, M., and Howerton-Fox, A.), Poster presentation, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Washington DC, November 2021 (accepted).
“Iona University Tutors Online: A Covid-19 Response with Enduring Impact”, synchronous presentation, New York State Association of Teacher Educators (NYSATE), Online, October 2021 (accepted).
“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), NDEC Signs website: https://www.deafeducation.us/2020/07/16/tools-for-teaching-english-syntax-through-asl-amanda-howerton-fox-jodi-falk/, 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 (AAAL), 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.), Paper presentation, 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), Paper Presentation, San Antonio, TX, February 2017.
Iona University. (2021, July). President Biden cites Iona professor in shaping federal disabilities policy. Iona University Magazine, Spring 2021, 16.
Giegerich, S. (2020, December). More than a footnote to history: A paper by two TC alumnae is central to the Biden disabilities policy. Teachers College Newsroom.
Iona University. (2020, December). Amid disruption, Iona faculty member and students see opportunity. Iona University Magazine, Fall 2020, 26-27.
Frey, M. (2020, May). In Newburgh and New Rochelle, college students mentoring, tutoring area youngsters. Catholic New York.
Maxfield, J. (2020, April). Students teaching students during COVID-19. NBC News New York, Grateful 4 You Series.