Michael O’Donnell

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Michael O’Donnell

Associate Professor



2115 G Street NW Washington DC 20052

Michael O’Donnell, M.S. is a Teaching Associate Professor of American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf studies. Prior to joining GW Speech, Language and Hearing Science Department in 2007, Professor O’Donnell taught at Gallaudet University and held various positions in the private sector as an executive and entrepreneur in the industry of communication accessibility services that included sign language interpreting, interpreter education, real-time captioning, and sign language education at the workplace.  He also was a licensed secondary school teacher of ASL and a manager responsible for communication accessibility services in U.S. Congress.

  • Member, GWU Academy of Distinguished Teachers
  • Faculty Advisor, GW ASL Club
  • Advisory board member and external reviewer of ASL programs at local colleges and universities

Morton A. Bender Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2012

Professor of the Year, 2013 by GW Athletics

Nominated for 2012 Service Excellence Award by the George Washington University


  • American Sign Language Instruction & Curriculum Design/Development
  • ASL interpreter education with a focus on translation and the linguistics of ASL
  • Deaf studies (Culture, History, Politics,  Laws affecting deaf population Education, and Communication Accessibility)

SLHS 1081: American Sign Language I

SLHS 1082: American Sign Language II

SLHS 2083: American Sign Language III

SLHS 1084: Perspectives in Deaf Culture

M.S., Educational Administration and Supervision with an emphasis on ASL and Deaf studies education, Gallaudet University

B.A., Sociology and American Studies, Gallaudet University