- B.A., Gallaudet University
- M.A., Gallaudet University
Leslie A. Saline-Styles is an Assistant Professor of English with Specialization in Teaching Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students. Ms. Saline-Styles earned a B.A. in Sign Communication and an M.A. in Linguistics from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.
Ms. Saline Styles began her career in 1987, as an adjunct instructor of American Sign Language at Gallaudet University, her alma mater. Since that time, she has held numerous adjunct positions at K-12 schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities in California and other states. This year, she began teaching at California State University, Los Angeles. Concurrently, she has been teaching at Glendale Community College since 2003 and Pasadena City College since 2002. In addition to teaching, Ms. Saline-Styles has volunteered for several community organizations providing information, counseling and services to deaf learners.
Ms. Saline-Styles has taught American Sign Language (ASL) to native speakers of English as well as to non-native speakers. Her own native language is American Sign Language and, therefore, she has lifelong experience with the many different challenges faced by deaf learners. In addition to teaching ASL itself, she has taught classes in the linguistics of sign languages, historical linguistics, and bilingual education. She has developed curriculum and has prepared instructional assessment instruments. She is also an experienced researcher and has a number of publications and presentations to her credit, and she is involved in professional growth activities at several levels.