Dr. William Atwell

Dr. William Atwell

Professor of American Sign Language
Sign Language Interpreting

Email: atwellw@tntemple.edu


  • Ed.D. Lamar University in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education (2013)
  • M.S. Lamar University in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education (2005)
  • B.A. Tennessee Temple University in Psychology (1991)

Academic Experiences

  • Assistant Professor in the English and Modern Language for American Sign Language and Interpreting of Liberty University 2013 – Present.
  • Instructor in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education of Lamar University 2009-2013.
  • Instructor in American Sign Language of Lee College 2002 – 2003.

Teaching Specializations

  • American Sign Language Deaf Studies Deaf Education

Ministry & Professional Experiences

  • 2002 – 2013, Deaf Pastor of First Baptist Church, Beaumont, Texas.
  • 2000 – 2013, Certified Deaf Interpreter for the state of Texas.
  • 1997 – 2002, Deaf Pastor of San Antonio Deaf Mission Baptist Church, San Antonio, TX

Publications & Presentations

  • Presenter, “Visual Gesture Communication”, Texas Society Interpreters for the Deaf, Latham Springs, TX: April 2002
  • Presenter, “Expansion Techniques”, Texas Society Interpreters for the Deaf, Beaumont, TX: August 2002.
  • Presenter, “How to be able to interpret characters used by the speaker/presenter?” Alabama Interpreters for the Deaf, Talledega, AL: July 2006
  • Presenter, “Oh No! Which Character Are You?” RID: July 2007
  • Poster Presenter, “Chunking as a tool in the reading comprehension of phrasal verbs by Deaf Readers.” The Association of College Educators – Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH), Austin, TX: February 2011.
  • Dissertation: Deaf Readers and Phrasal Verbs: Instructional Efficacy of Chunking as a Visual Tool. (Published in 2013).


  • Married to Laura Cardona Atwell of San Antonio, Texas since 1991. Father of two children, Antonio and Marianna.