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Shauna Doyle: Education of Persons with Hearing Loss, History

Havertown, Pa.
Major: Education of Persons with Hearing Loss and History

After four years of Honors classes in high school, just outside Philadelphia, Shauna Doyle expected a lot from the Robert E. Cook Honors College at IUP. She wasn't disappointed.

In high school I worked as a teacher's assistant, became friends with many of my teachers, and would often spend afternoons talking with them. What I hoped to find, and did find, at the Honors College were professors who not only like to teach -- they also want to interact with us. They are always there for you when you need them. All of the professors I've met on this campus have wanted to get to know us as students and…just…people. And, in class, they don't teach in the traditional sense of just presenting material and lecturing. They are there to facilitate learning, which is very different. Unlike the professors in many colleges, our professors are here primarily to teach, not to do research and to write books all the time. And, unlike the situation in most universities, we have professors teaching all our classes, not graduate students.

It's not just the professors who make the difference for Shauna and her classmates. It's the prevailing sense of community, of connection, that students, faculty, administrators and staff seem to share so strongly at IUP and the Honors College.

I don't know what I would have done without the community of the Honors College. People care about me as a student and a person, which is wonderful. I've always felt welcome here, which is important for students in college. And it just keeps getting better as more honors courses are added. We're a young college and we're only getting better with each passing semester!

During her years at the Honors College, Shauna Doyle has been active, not only in the Honors College, but in the larger community of Indiana, Pennsylvania.

I'm in the Sign Language Club, and I'm the Facilities Committee Chairperson, but I also volunteer at the Open Door as a Crisis Intervention Specialist, tutoring people in sign language and tutoring children in Indiana in various subjects. After a summer of study in Ireland, I'll be student teaching in 2002."

Perhaps it should come as no surprise that teaching and a sense of community are important to Shauna. She plans to be a teacher, herself, very possibly on all levels, from K-12 through college, over the course of her budding career.

I plan on graduating with my two degrees, in History and Education of Persons with Hearing Loss, and then either go straight into teaching (hopefully at a school for the deaf, so I can teach history) or just go on to graduate school. My long-range plans, in any case, are to get Masters Degrees in both education and history, and then a Ph.D. in one or the other. Eventually, I'd like to teach at a university, but I think I'd like to experience teaching at the primary or secondary level first. Whatever happens, I do know one thing – that, no matter what else I do, I will probably be a student for most of my life, since it's what I love the most!

Shauna’s Accomplishments

Activities/Community Service:

  • Sign Language Club
  • Volunteer at Open Door as Crisis Intervention Specialist
  • Tutoring people in sign language
  • Tutoring area children in various subjects

Study Abroad

  • Summer study in Ireland


  • French
  • American Sign Language