Connie Mayer (Sabbatical Jul 2013 - Jul 2014)

Associate Professor

EdD - University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario; MEd - University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario; BEd - University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario; BMA - University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

Location(s) / Contact Info:

108, Winters College - WC
Keele Campus
Phone: 416-736-5971


Available to supervise graduate students
Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers



Dr. Mayer is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University, cross appointed to the Graduate Programmes in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, and Critical Disability Studies. She teaches courses related to hearing loss, language and literacy learning in the Graduate Programme, and in the Teacher Preparation Programme in the Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) students. Prior to coming to York, Dr. Mayer worked for more than twenty years as a consultant, administrator and teacher of DHH students from preschool through post-secondary. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, a former Associate Editor for the Volta Review, and a member of the editorial board of the American Annals of the Deaf. In 2007, her article “Can the Linguistic Interdependence Theory support a Bilingual-Bicultural Model of Literacy Education for Deaf Students?” was selected by Oxford University Press as one of its seminal papers published in the past century. She has just completed four studies looking at literacy outcomes in 200 learners with cochlear implants in New Zealand and Canada. She has been an invited presenter at over 90 national and international conferences, and given papers at more than 50 refereed conferences. She has written numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles, and is currently co-authoring a book on early literacy in DHH children for Oxford University Press. During her sabbatical year (2013/2014) she is a Visiting Researcher at the University of Nottingham, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Scholarly Interests

Dr. Mayer's research interests include: language and literacy development in deaf learners; early literacy development and early intervention; bilingualism and bilingual models of literacy education; signed languages (e.g, ASL) and literacy development; cultural-historical activity theory and its applications to learning and teaching; and models of teacher education. Her most recent work has focussed on the language and literacy development of deaf learners with cochlear implants.

Faculty & School/Dept

  • Faculty of Education - Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing - Early Childhood Education - Graduate Studies
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics - Applied

    Courses Taught

    • Deaf Studies - Introduction (ED/DEST 3770)
    • Educational Use of Signs (ED/SLGS 3510)
    • Language and Literacy Development 1 (ED/LLDV 3735)

    Selected Presentations

    • Connie Mayer (2012). Literacy Development in Learners with Cochlear Implants: Research and Practice. Presented at: Invited keynote speaker, 11th Asia Pacific Congress on Deafnesss, Academy of Medicine, Singapore.

    Professional Affiliations

    • Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education: Associate Editor
    • American Annals of the Deaf: Member of Editorial Board
    • American Educational Research Association: Chair - Special Interest Group - Research on the Education of Deaf Persons