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Michella Maiorana-Basas

Michella Maiorana-Basas

Assistant Professor, Coordinator for the Deaf Education Undergraduate Program


Research, Professional and Creative Activity


Presenter at multiple national and international conferences including: International Congress on the Education of the Deaf (ICED), Athens, Greece; Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) San Diego, CA; American Educational Researchers Association (AERA) Philadelphia, PA; Association of College Educators- Deaf/ Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH), Washington, D.C., Santa Fe, NM, Jacksonville, FL, and Dallas, TX; Office of Special Education Programs Project Directors (OSEP) Washington, D.C.; American Samoa Professional Development Deaf Education and ASL Certificate Program, Pago Pago, American Samoa; and Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities, Honolulu, HI.


  • Easterbrooks, S., & Basas, M. (2015).  Literacy and DHH students: Research and practice. In H. Knoors & M. Marschark (Eds.), Educating Deaf Learners: Creating a Global Evidence Base, Oxford University Press.
  • Basas, M. & Pagliaro, C. M. (2014). Technology Use Among Adults Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing: A National Survey. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. Doi: 10.1093/deafed/enu005

Peer Review:

Peer reviewer for journals including: American Annals of the Deaf; Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education; Journal of Literacy Research, and Education and Treatment of Children

Professional and Institutional Service:

  • DCDD (Division of Communication Disabilities and Deafness) Constituent Chair for Deaf Hard of Hearing (2016-2018)
  • Founding Member and Elected Chairperson of The Radical Middle: Unity NOT Uniformity in Deaf Education (2015-current)
  • Webmaster and Website Design (2015-current)
  • Faculty Advisor, SPIRIT Club (2014-current)
  • Flagler College Faculty Senate (2015-2016 academic year)
  • Board Member, Michigan Hands and Voices (2013- 2014)

Professional Organizations:

  • Association of College Educators- Deaf Hard of Hearing (ACEDHH)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • International Literacy Association (ILA)
  • Hands and Voices

Professional Profile

Dr. Basas earned her Ph.D. in Special Education with a cognate in Literacy and Language and a focus on Deaf Education in 2014 as a fellow of the National Leadership Consortium on Sensory Disabilities from Michigan State University, East Lansing. This followed an M.Ed. in Special Education (with a focus on Deafness and Deaf Education) from the University of Hawai`i, Manoa in 2007 and a B.A. in Deaf Education and Elementary Education from Flagler College in 2000.

Dr. Basas’ research interests include content area reading practices and pedagogy as they relate to adolescent readers who are D/deaf and hard of hearing.  She also has an interest in exploring critical pedagogy, critical literacy, and social justice within the context of k-12 education.

Dr. Basas is currently working on developing ways to foster philosophical partnership across professionals, parents, and members of the D/deaf community as they relate to linguistic and educational options for students who are D/deaf or hard of hearing through The Radical Middle project. More information about this project can be found at

Teaching and Related Service

Flagler College Courses Taught:

  • EDU 202 Introduction to Teaching and Learning
  • EDU 242 Intro to Technology and Portfolio Design
  • EDU 321 General Methods of Instruction
  • EDD 349 Foundations of Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • EDU 357 Classroom Management, School Safety, Professional Ethics & Educational Law
  • ESE 365 Language Development and Speech Disabilities
  • EDD 470 Methods of Teaching Language to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Previously taught at:

  • Delaware School for the Deaf (Newark, DE)
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
  • Michigan State University (via Hawaii, American Samoa, and Guam as a course facilitator/distance education facilitator of the PILI, Pacific Island Learning Initiative)
  • Kapi’olani Community College (Honolulu, HI)
  • University of Hawai’i as a course facilitator/distance education facilitator for Language Development for Deaf Children (Manoa, HI )
  • Hawai’i School for the Deaf and the Blind (Honolulu, HI)
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools (Miami, FL)

More Information

Office location:

Dr. Basas

Kenan Hall 528

Office Hours:

  • Monday: 11:00AM - 12:30PM
  • Tuesday: 8:30AM - 9:30AM, 10:45AM - 1:15PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00AM - 12:30PM
  • Friday: 11:00AM - 12:30PM