Dr. Monica Soukup
Dr. Monica Soukup received her Bachelor's degree in Deaf Education and Elementary Education and her Master's degree in Special Education from Augustana College. She received an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Dakota. Prior to teaching at Augustana, she taught in the elementary and secondary grades at the South Dakota School for the Deaf for 23 years. She began teaching at Augustana in 1999 and has taught a variety of courses and supervised student teachers and practicum students. Her involvement with Deaf individuals includes her life-long experiences with various family members and friends who are Deaf. In addition to teaching at Augustana, she is a member of the planning committee for the Midwest Conference on Deaf Education. Her research interests include: the shortage of teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students, Language and Literacy development of deaf and hard of hearing students, deaf and hard of hearing students who have additional disabilities, and creating enriching educational environments for deaf and hard of hearing students by promoting opportunities for belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.