Lecturer / Coordinator, American Sign Language

Dr. John Pirone is a teacher, evaluator, researcher, and advocate who coordinates an American Sign Language (ASL) program and teaches ASL and Deaf Culture courses at UVM.

His research interests include equity in education for Deaf children; second language learning and teaching; and ASL pedagogy, curriculum, and assessment. Dr. Pirone is an author of several articles and a book chapter on equity in public education and ASL pedagogy. He has offered numerous presentations and workshops on a range of topics such as equity in education; access/inclusion; best practices for ASL pedagogy, curriculum, and assessments; and advocacy, at local, state, and international levels.

Dr. Pirone has over 15 teaching of experience teaching ASL, Deaf Culture, and Deaf Studies at colleges and universities in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Prior to his tenure at the University of Vermont, he served as the Director of Deaf Studies at the College of the Holy Cross.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Pirone actively engages in community advocacy through the Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf and Disability Policy Consortium to advance Deaf people’s human rights. He currently serves on boards for the Vermont Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and the Deaf Youth Outdoor Leadership, Inc. and a national committee on Can-Do Statements for the American Sign Language Teachers Association. He is also an evaluator for the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing’s Quality Assurance Screening Program and an ASL consultant to several Boston-based theatres.

Dr. Pirone previously served on numerous boards for organizations such as The Learning Center for the Deaf, Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities.


Pirone, J. & Mayo, C. (in press). Deaf culture, associational inclusion, and ending waste in education. The Journal of School and Society.

Pirone, J. (in press).  Equity literacy offers a way to reduce language deprivation by combating audism and linguicism. Deaf Studies Digital Journalhttps://www.deafstudiesdigitaljournal.org/

Pirone, J. (2018). Does music have a place in ASL pedagogy? Journal of American Sign Languages and Literatures. https://journalofasl.com/music-asl-pedagogy/

Pirone, J., Henner, J., & Hall, W. (2018). American sign language in a mainstream college setting: performance quality and its impact on classroom participation equity. In T.K. Holcomb & D.H. Smith (Eds.), Deaf Eyes on Interpreting. Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press.

Domaney, K., Sipiora, J., & Pirone, J. (2014). Deaf Education in the United States and Morocco. In B.K. Eldredge, D. Stringham, B. Jarashow (Eds.), Waypoints: 6th Deaf Studies Today! Conference (pp. 239-258). Orem, Utah: Utah Valley University

Awards and Recognition

The George Veditz Award by the Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf (2017)

Community Leader of the Year award by the D.E.A.F., Inc., Boston, MA (2013)

Dr. Richard Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf (2011)

Successful Deaf Leader Award by the Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (2009)

Deaf Leader of Year award by the State of Arizona (2000)

Associations and Affiliations

Vermont Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (VTRID)

American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA)

Deaf Youth Outdoor Leadership, Inc. (DYOL)

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

John Pirone

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • American Sign Language Pedagogy
  • Curriculum, and Assessment
  • Disability and Inclusion
  • Access and equity


  • Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University, Boston, MA


  • 617-934-5335
Office Location:

204B Mann Hall