Joseph C. Hill, Ph.D

Sociolinguist in American Sign Language, Deaf Studies, and Interpreting



Email: jchnss at rit (dot) edu

Twitter: @jaceyhill 


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 an associate director working along with Dr. Jason Listman (associate director) and Dr. Peter Hauser (director). Dr. Hill is mainly responsible for the documentation of ASL variation and the study of language ideologies of and attitudes toward ASL. 

As assistant dean for ALANA faculty recruitment and retention, Dr. Hill is part of the NTID Academic Affairs and he works closely with Dr. Allen at the NTID Office of Diversity and Inclusion to diversify NTID’s faculty. 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.

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