Kara Gournaris

Assistant Professor, Deaf Studies & Professional Studies

503-838-8322 | gournark@wou.edu
RWEC 149

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A list of my love are: cycling, camping, hiking, kayaking, eating, sleeping and spending time with my special people. Reading is a new hobby for me.

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M.Ed. in Experiential/Adventure Education from Prescott College, Prescott, AZ
BS in Psychology from Gallaudet University, Washington, DC

Teaching focus

American Sign Language classes from level 1-9 Special Topics Introduction to ASL Teaching Methodology/Curriculcum ASL Mentoring

Professional experience

Kara Gournaris is a fulltime American Sign Language (ASL) instructor and is the American Sign Language Studies program coordinator.  Kara has taught American Sign Language for the past 10 years in various settings (universities, community colleges, high schools, community programs).  She currently holds American Sign Language Certification at the Qualified level through the American Sign Language Teacher Association (ASLTA).

To increase quality and collaboration between programs that offer American Sign Language, Kara started an American Sign Language advisory committee that meets biannually to address curriculum, transfer students, and quality instruction.  The ASL Studies department was awarded a WOU Foundation Grant for the purposes of studying various high schools throughout Oregon to identify ways to make transition between programs smoother for students.  In addition, she is part of a committee working with the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) to establish an American Sign Language teacher license requirement for the state of Oregon.

Undergraduate courses taught

ASL 101: American Sign Language I
ASL 102: American Sign Language II
ASL 103: American Sign Language III
ASL 201: American Sign Language IV
ASL 202: American Sign Language V
ASL 203: American Sign Language VI
ASL 301: American sign Language VII
ASL 302: American Sign Language VIII
ASL 303: American Sign Language IX
ASL 315 Deaf Culture
ASL 407D Deaf Women: Sociolinguistics, Historical and Contemporary Issues
ASL 425D Introduction to ASL Teaching
ASL 430D Curriculum and Methodology
ASL 435D ASL Mentoring

Professional memberships

American Sign Language Teacher Association

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