Joanne Weber, PhD

Canada Research Chair, Tier 2, Deaf Education; Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept


Canada Research Chair, Tier 2, Deaf Education; Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept
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Joanne Weber, PhD (2018) is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, at the University of Alberta. Her research interests include language and literacy education, arts-based literacy interventions, arts-based research, arts education, posthumanism, applied, sign language studies. She was awarded the Governor General Academic Gold Medal at the University of Regina Convocation in June 2019. Joanne is also a published author. Her books, The Pear Orchard (poetry) and The Deaf House (creative non-fiction) were finalists in the Saskatchewan Book Awards (2007, 2013). Joanne is also a leader in the deaf community at provincial and national levels. Her lifelong passion is to improve the quality of education for deaf students. She is the artistic director of Deaf Crows Collective which aims to provide opportunities for theatre performance by deaf actors of all ages to celebrate Deaf culture, encourage self-expression, and foster relationships between hearing and Deaf communities.


Arts-based language and literacy interventions; arts-based research, posthumanism, bilingual-bimodal education (ASL-English), deaf education, plurilingualism


EDPY 474 Introduction to American Sign Language

EDPY 458/555 Assessment and Programming for Children with Reading Disability


I have a limited number of graduate student openings. I only supervise students who are using a social science or humanities lens - not a scientific or medical one. If you are interested in working with me, please specify in your email how much training/experience you have had in deaf education that does not view deaf persons through a deficit lens or in need of a "cure". Your work in linguistics, sign language, deaf studies, sociology, political theory, philosophy, critical disability studies or related sociocultural fields will be a valuable asset to my research program.


EDPY 301 - Introduction to Inclusive Education: Adapting Classroom Instruction for Students with Special Needs

This course provides an introduction to teaching students with diverse learning support needs within the inclusive education context. Course content focuses on adapting classroom instruction and classroom environments to enhance learning for all students. May contain alternative delivery sections; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar.

Winter Term 2022
EDPY 474 - Introduction to American Sign Language

This is a practical course to develop basic skills in American Sign Language. Students may not receive credit for both EDPY 474 and EDPSY 451. Not to be taken by students with credit in ASL 111.

Fall Term 2021

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