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Merrilee Gietz , Ed.D.


Instructional Assistant Professor
Phone: 713-535-9952
Office: Melcher Life Sciences M250G
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Merrilee Gietz is an Assistant Professor for the American Sign Language Interpreting (ASLI) program. She has been teaching students in ASL and interpreting programs in higher post-secondary education for more than 21 years.


  • Ed.D., Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
  • M.S., Deaf Education, McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College), Westminster, MD
  • B.A., History, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC


  • Intermediate American Sign Language II (SNGL 2302)
  • Advanced American Sign Language (SNGL 3460)
  • Literature in American Sign Language (SNGL 4210)
  • Advanced Interpreting Techniques and Skills in ASL/English (SNGL 4335)
  • Transliteration and Educational Settings (SNGL 4346)
  • Comparative Study of ASL and English Linguistics (SNGL 4368)

Research Interests

Dr. Gietz’ research interests are ASL literature, ASL linguistics and interpreting in ASL.

Selected Publications

  • Marchut, A., Pudans-Smith, K., Gietz, M., Andrews, J., & Clark, D, (2021). A case study of mentoring Deaf academics: The PAH!* (Success) academic writing retreat. Creative Education, (12), 1-17.
  • Gietz, M., Andrews, J. & Clark, D. (2020). ASL stories with handshape rhyme: An exploratory intervention to support English vocabulary with signing deaf readers. Archives of Psychology, 4(2), 1-24. 
  • Gietz, M. (2018). Introducing Haiku poems: Utilizing American Sign Language for pedagogical purposes. In B. Eldredge & D. Stringham (Eds.) Beyond Talk: Proceedings of the Fifth Biennial Deaf Studies Today! Conference (pp. 55- 63). Orem, UT: Utah Valley University Press.

Professional Activities

  • Texas Association of the Deaf, Regional Representative #4 (2019 — present)
  • Advisory Committee, Board of Evaluation for the Interpreters (BEI) – Statewide, Texas Human and Health Service (HHSC, former DARS) (Fall 2018 — present)
  • Board Committee, Lone Star College Advisory, Interpreter Training Technology Program (Fall 2015 — present)