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Name and Title: 

Prinz, Philip


Special Education & Communicative Disorders



Burk Hall 147


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University Teaching and Educational Background

Dr. Prinz is a Professor in the Department of Special Education and Communicative Disorders at San Francisco State University (SFSU). He currently serves on the Executive Committee and faculty of the Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education administered by SFSU and the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, Dr. Prinz was on the faculty in the Communication Disorders Program at The Pennsylvania State University and the Department of Communication Disorders at the University of Colorado (Boulder and Denver campuses). He has taught diverse undergraduate, graduate (M.A. and doctoral seminars), and educational credential courses covering typical and atypical language acquisition and cultural and linguistic diversity across various groups of preschool and school age students (Deaf/hard of hearing, language disordered, language/learning disabled, developmentally disabled, and English language learners with disabilities).

Dr. Prinz completed a B.A. in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); an M.S. in Journalism at Northwestern University; an M.S. in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences at Boston University; and a doctorate in Applied Psycholinguistics at Boston University. He holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech & Language from the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and a License in Speech & Language from the State of California.

Research Interests

His major research emphases include atypical language and literacy acquisition in preschool and school-age children; language differences and disorders across spoken, written, and signed modalities; American Sign Language (ASL) acquisition and assessment; the relationship between ASL proficiency and English literacy development; and the differentiation between typical vs. atypical language abilities of English language learning (ELL) children (second language learners).

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments and Awards

SFSU (Dr. Philip Prinz, Principal Investigator) has received research grants from the U.S. Department of Education (Office of Special Education Programs) and the NEC Foundation to develop and standardize a web-based American Sign Language (ASL) instrument to assess school-age Deaf students’ global sign language proficiency. Dr. Prinz has published articles and book chapters and presented papers and colloquia on his research at national and international conferences. He is a recipient of Research Fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Fulbright Commission. He also received an Ed Roberts Senior Fellowship from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and the University of California, Berkeley.

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