University Consortium Member

Robert Kretschmer, PhD

Teachers College, Columbia University

Robert Kretschmer, PhD, University Consortium Member

Robert E. Kretschmer, PhD BS in Deaf Education from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, MA in the Psychology of Deafness from Northwestern University, PhD the University of Kansas in Education, Lawrence and Kansas City, Kansas with focusing on deaf education with collateral emphases in linguistics and school psychology.  He has work as a teacher of the deaf, school psychologist and director of the child study team at the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf, Trenton; school psychologist and director of the programs in the education of the deaf and hard of hearing, Shawnee Mission, Kansas; assistant professor and coordinator of the program of the education of the deaf and hard of hearing, the University of Tennessee , Knoxville, Tennessee; associate professor of speech and hearing in the doctoral program in the area of the deaf and hard of hearing at the University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois; and, coordinator of the doctoral and preservicce program in the education of the deaf, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.  Currently, he conducting the following studies: the spontaneous use of abstract and real scale productive sign language vs. mime by naïve hearing adults from a cognitive linguistics perspective; changes in the understanding of what constitutes language and how to teach children who are deaf or hard of hearing of preservice teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing – a longitudinal study grounded in Folk Theory; the assignment of speech act verb attributes to long text (editorials) and how the semantic entailments of theses verbs are coded in the text; and, the use of eye movements as a more direct measure of ongoing phonetic encoding and fluency in both oral reading and silent reading and their correspondence.  Pilot data have been collected and my students and I are preparing to collect the actual data themselves.  Each study is actually a sequence of studies that will eventually lead to studies of direct application of the findings in classrooms for the deaf and hard of hearing.