Joseph C. Hill, Ph.D

Sociolinguist in American Sign Language, Deaf Studies, and Interpreting


Dr. Joseph C. Hill is an associate professor in the Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education in the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology. His research interests include socio-historical and -linguistic aspects of African-American variety of American Sign Language and attitudes and ideologies about signing varieties in the American Deaf community. His contributions include The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure (2011) which he co-authored with Carolyn McCaskill, Ceil Lucas, and Robert Bayley and Language Attitudes in the American Deaf Community (2012).

At NTID Research Center on Culture and Language (CCL), Dr. Hill is a lab director of Deaf Studies Laboratory. Currently, Dr. Hill conducts two research projects internally funded by NTID: 1) the language evaluation study on sign language using a signing avatar model and 2) the documentation of individual ASL variation at NTID.

As assistant dean for ALANA faculty recruitment and retention, Dr. Hill works closely with Dr. Allen at the NTID Office of Diversity and Inclusion to diversify NTID’s faculty, with special emphasis on recruiting individuals who identify as BIPOC. He participates in the search process for faculty candidates and works with search committee chairs to increase diversity in candidate pools. He also leads initiatives to support the retention and success of ALANA faculty members at NTID. As part of his new role, which is a three-year appointment, Hill is a member of NTID’s Administrative Council.

To get a sense of who Dr. Joseph C. Hill is as a person, please read his piece on Deaf Unity:


Email: jchnss at rit (dot) edu

Phone: 585-206-7558

Twitter: @jaceyhill

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