Jennifer Briggs joins the faculty as an assistant professor of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. Briggs earned a bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language from Gallaudet University and a master’s degree in Teaching American Sign Language as a Foreign Language from Columbia University’s Teachers College. Her thesis title is Non-Manual Grammatical Marking Among L2 Learners of American Sign Language.

Previously, Briggs was an ASL lecturer at Rochester Institute of Technology, where she taught American Sign Language and Interpreting. She has also served as an ASL coordinator and adjunct professor at DePaul University in Chicago, Ill. She is a certified Deaf Interpreter and Deaf-Blind Specialist, and she has served as a freelance Deaf Interpreter. She is also qualified through the American Sign Language Teacher Association and has communication competency in American Sign Language (Sign Communication Proficiency Interview rating: Superior-Superior Plus range), International Sign Language and as a Deaf-Blind Interpreter – Tactile American Sign Language.