Sonya Spolsky, PhD, CED

smiling woman with long brown hair

Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
College of Health Sciences
Program Area: Education of the Deaf

Professional Preparation

PhD, University of Arizona, Special Education

MA, The University of Arizona, Deaf Education

BA, University of California at San Diego, French Literature

Profile

Sonya Spolsky is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at the university level since January 2016, primarily in the areas of deaf culture, American Sign Language and early childhood language development. Dr. Spolsky also supervises deaf education student teachers completing their practicums in various settings across Texas.

Prior to coming to TWU, she was a teacher of the deaf (K-12), an educational sign language interpreter (K-12) and a support service provider for deafblind adults in Southern Arizona. Dr. Spolsky’s current lines of research focus on methods and strategies to promote successful transition from school to post school activities, self-determination development and goal attainment in students who are deaf of hard-of-hearing, and finding successful strategies to promote communication access for deafblind children and adults.

Spolsky also works part-time as a video relay interpreter for a leading video relay service for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. In her spare time, Dr. Spolsky enjoys running and competing locally in road races.