Malinda Eccarius, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders

Malinda Eccarius is the director of the deaf education program. She teaches academic courses and supervises field experience, research and student teaching. Her current interests include instructional illustration in visual literacy, language intervention with students who are deaf or hard of hearing with a cognitive emphasis on instruction, itinerant teaching and appropriate and valid assessment for students with limited hearing.

Eccarius has taught deaf students since 1971, serving as a self-contained classroom instructor, resource teacher, parent infant advisor, gifted deaf program curriculum coordinator, teacher of students with multiple challenges and academic tutor. She has also spent 12 years as an academic diagnostician on the multidisciplinary evaluation team at the Boys Town National Research Hospital, where she served for several years as educational services coordinator. This role included educational outreach, parent sign language classes, video tape development and curriculum writing for the Omaha Metro Area Consortium, which provides summer learning experiences for local deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Eccarius has served as adjunct staff at Texas A&M University, the University of Iowa, the University of Texas and Creighton University. Her bachelor’s degree in theatre arts is from the University of Iowa. She received her teacher certification from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, master’s degree in deaf education from the University of Nebraska and doctorate from UNL.