Pamela Luft is President of the Council on Education of the Deaf, a consortium of eight organizations dedicated to quality education for all deaf and hard of hearing students. She is a Professor of Special/Deaf Education at Kent State University in Ohio and the Director of the Deaf Education program. She received her M.Ed. in Deaf Education from McDaniel College, and an M.S. in Technology for Persons with Disabilities from the Johns Hopkins University. Her Ph.D. is from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Special Education with a focus in transition-to-adulthood. She worked in public, special day, and residential schools as a teacher, behavior specialist, career coordinator, and program administrator for 15 years before getting her doctorate. Her research and grant projects have focused on transition services and rehabilitation services for the deaf. She has published on issues related to transition, technology employment of persons with disabilities, literacy, special education policy, and instructional practices. Career highlights include:
A recognized leader in the preparation of DHH students for successful adulthood across postsecondary completion, employment, and independent living (transition services).
Sole author of a book on transition preparation of DHH students (2016) published by Gallaudet University Press.
Grants from U.S. two federal agencies and two state (ODE) grants totaling $2,398,245.
National awards and recognition that include: Research Reviewer of the Year, one of 10 national researchers invited to the OSEP Forum on Deaf Education, and stipend-supported training to use the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 database.
Authored or co-authored over 30 journal publications, 7 chapters, and co-authored/edited four editions of a transition textbook in special education.
Regional, national, and international scholarly presentations on research activities and policy.
Ph.D. Special Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.Ed. Deaf Education, Western Maryland College, M.S. Educational Technology for Persons with Disabilities, Johns Hopkins University, B.A. Elementary Education/Communications Disorders, Washington State University
Deaf Education, Literacy, Transition to Adulthood
Quantitative: regression, ANOVA and related analyses
2014: Research Reviewer of the Year; AHEAD editorial board and conference, Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability
2017, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2008; University Teaching Council Conference: Celebrating College Teaching; teacher who made a difference in the life of a graduate of KSU