April Massey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor, Speech-Language Pathology
My research focuses on documenting the history of the deaf community. I look at historical social and educational issues that have challenged and changed disability communities with a focus on deafness. My primary research project looks at issues of how "voice and empowerment" is given to this marginalized group that is voiceless. My dissertation, Miller v. DC Board of Education, being revised for publication consideration, documents a legal educational challenge in the District that produced a significant change in the education of deaf, school age residents by ending their exile from the District. A forthcoming research project looks at the correlation between deaf persons who use interpreters and those interpreters. Should the interpreters reflect the gender, age, or ethnicity for whom they are interpreting. A public history project looks at the significance of teaching with public history site visits.
University of the District of Columbia
Van Ness Campus
Office of the Dean
Building 41, Suite 405
BA – The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; School of Communications(Speech and Hearing Science 1980)
MA – University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio; School of Communications (Speech, and Theatre Master of Arts, Speech-Language Pathology, 1982)
Ph.D. – Howard University, Washington, DC; Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (Child Language, Sociolinguistics 1992)
Assistant Dean 2005 -- 2009 ; Associate Dean 2009 to Present ; College of Arts and Sciences ; University of the District of Columbia,
Department Chair 1999 – 2005 ; Department of Languages and Communication Disorders; University of the District of Columbia,
Program Director 1999 -- 2005 ; Speech-Language Pathology Program ; Department of Languages and Communication Disorders
University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC
Professional Development/Related Trainings:
-American Council on Education, Office of Women in Higher Education, National Leadership Forum
-Tools for Deans: Bullyproofing Academic Units, Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences Post-Conference Workshop
-Survival Skills and Ethics, University of Pittsburgh
-New Deans’ Seminar, Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences
-Institute on General Education, Association of American Colleges & Universities
-Management Development Program, Harvard University Institutes of Higher Education
-22nd Annual Academic Chairpersons Conference, Kansas State University
-Administrators Academy, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of the District of Columbia
Assistant Professor 1993 -- 2000
Associate Professor 2000 to Present
Department of Languages and Communication Disorders
University of the District of Columbia
Massey, A., Petty, R., Fleming, J., Petti, M., & Walton, L. (2009). Increasing the numbers: Aligning the strength of the academic core with outcomes for student retention. In Models for success. Thurgood Marshal College Fund: NY, NY.
Massey, A., Petty, R., Fleming, J., Petti, M., & Walton, L. (2007). Determining the strength of the academic core: An examination of the relationship between college and university general education practices and student retention. In Improving retention at HBCUs: 10th Annual Regional HBCU Summit on Retention 2007 Conference Proceedings. Ocean City, MD.
Ellis, D., Massey, A., & Robinson, T. (1997). ASHA’s Building Bridges Multicultural Preschool Project: An in-service education program. In Summary of Conference Proceedings: Making a Difference for Children, Families, and Communities: Partnerships among Researchers, Practitioners, and Policymakers, Head Start’s Third National Research Conference. DHS-ACYF. Columbia University School of Public Health and the Society for Research and Development.
Massey, A. (1996). Cultural influences on language assessment and intervention: Implications for assessing African-American children. In A. Kamhi, K. Pollack, and J. Harris (Eds.), Communication development and disorders in African-American children. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing Co.
Deal, V., & Massey, A (1995). Underserved populations: An annotated bibliography. In
L. Cole (Ed.), The 1985 national colloquium on underserved populations. Rockville, MD: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Cole, L., Deal, V., Fain, M., Massey, A., McIntosh, M. (Eds.) (1989). Minority focus: Selected abstracts from ASHA Conventions 1980 – 1990. Rockville, MD: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Cole, L., & Massey A. (1985). Minority student enrollment in higher education institutions with communication disorders programs. Asha, 27(6), 33- 37.
Papers and Presentations:
Massey, A., (2011, Nov). I have two teachers? Replacing mystery with meaning: Providing students context for our General Education Core – Expectations and realities of a newly launched program. A paper presented as a part of a panel discussion, Greenberg, G., Massey, A., Zaharopoulos, T., & Solomone, K. Replacing mystery with meaning: What can we do to help students understand and appreciate general education requirements and a liberal arts curriculum? Annual Meeting of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Massey, A., Walker, M., Bourgeois, M., Hurbon, J., & Vigil, T. (2011, Nov). Measuring graduate student satisfaction: Objective and subjective realities. A poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association, San Diego, CA.
Shroyer, G., & Massey, A. (2011, Mar). Making a difference, Serving our students; Creating a new General Education program at the University of the District of Columbia. A poster resented at the Annual General Education Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Chicago, IL.
Massey, A., Walker, M.C., Bradford-Wainwright, A., Ottey, N., & Bourgeois, M. (2010,
Nov). Is the undergraduate CSD degree compulsory? A study of MS-SLP student outcomes. A poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Philadelphia, PA.
Pagano, N., Massey, A., Long, K., & Winder, D. (2010, Nov). Assessment of General
Education: Since we have to do it ….. Panel presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, New Orleans, LA.
Massey, A., Shroyer, G., Krauthamer, H., Walker, M.C., Walton, L. (2010, Aug).
Supporting multiple forms of scholarship: Options and opportunities. Faculty Development Series, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the District of Columbia.
Massey, A., Ottey, Bradford-Wainwright, A., N., Walker, M., Bourgeois, M. (2010, Mar). The undergraduate communication disorders program: Compulsory? A study of graduate student outcomes, context and substance for program review. A miniseminar presented at the 2010 University of the District of Columbia, Research Mini-Symposium, Washington, DC.
Massey, A. (2009, Aug). The learner-centered syllabus. A miniseminar presented as a
part of the College of Arts and Sciences Professional Development Series, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC.
Massey, A. (2009, Oct). University-wide General Education Reform Effort. A status
report presented to the University of the District of Columbia Strategic Planning Committee, Washington, DC.
Beard, J., Boye-Beamon, J., Fleming-Randle, M., Joseph, J., Massey, A., & O’Quin, K.
(2009, Nov). Assistant and associate deans and authority outside the decanal office: Definitions, models, and means of acquisition. A panel presentation at the Annual Conference of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Baltimore, MD.
Massey, A., Petty, R., Fleming, J., Petti, M., & Walton, L. (2007, Mar). Determining the
strength of the academic core: An examination of the relationship between college and university general education practices and student retention. A paper presented at the 10th Annual Regional HBCU Summit on Retention, Improving Retention at HBCUs, Ocean City, MD.
Massey, A., Bradford, A., Nelson, R., Randolph, P. (2005, Feb). Measuring up: One
university’s approach to effective program review. A poster presented at the Winter Workshop of the District of Columbia Speech and Hearing Association, Providence Hospital, Washington, DC.
Lyons, D. (Principal Investigator), Wise, S., Clairborne, L., Ricks, S., Harmon Martin, S.,
Massey, A., & Ahn, M. (2002). The changing face of Poverty in the District of Columbia, 1970 -- 2000. A report prepared by the University of the District of Columbia Center for Research and Urban Policy for the District of Columbia Family Services Administration, Washington, DC.
American Speech-Language Hearing Association
District of Columbia Speech and Hearing Association
Association of American Colleges and Universities
Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences
Discipline: Language Development, Language Disorders, Voice Disorders, Speech and Hearing Disorders and Related Disciplines, Diagnostics, Clinical Practicum, Functional Disorders
University-wide: Public Speaking, Freshman Orientation
Selected Institution Service – 2000 to Present:
Alignment of institutional practices; academic oversight; new program development/implementation; performance based budgeting; outcomes assessment; curriculum reform; academic standards, degree progression, pedagogy; learner-centered engagement; resource allocation; data based management, leadership; group process; scheduling; space optimization; team building/consensus building
Access; standards – academic, nonacademic; resource management; records management; conflict resolution; admissions – marketing, recruitment, calendar, criteria/standards, prognostics; event planning
Governance; management negotiation; mentoring; performance evaluation and feedback; engagement; scholarship; satisfaction measurement; recruitment; networking; search structure/process; succession planning; orientation to university culture/expectations; support; growth; professional development; portfolio development/assessment; corrective advising; retention