DonaldaAmmons  Donalda Ammons, Ph.D.
Board Member

Dr. Donalda Ammons was born and raised in Washington D.C., from an all-Deaf family. After graduating from the Maryland School for the Deaf in 1970, she attended Gallaudet and received her BA in Social Philosophy in 1974 and MA in Education in 1977 from Western Maryland College. In 1988, she earned a doctorate in higher education with specialization in Foreign Language Education from Nova Southeastern University, graduating with honors in each degree.

In 1977, after teaching for 3 years at the Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick, Donalda began teaching Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Gallaudet University. In 1996, she was honored as the Gallaudet Distinguished Professor of the Year. Having served 31 years as a full-time tenured professor at Gallaudet, Donalda was recently awarded the title of Professor Emerita. She also directed the Foreign Study Program, organizing travel aboard programs for Gallaudet undergraduate students in 17 countries and serving as a key resource person for faculty and agencies serving the deaf in other countries for international studies and projects. Appointed in 1997 as Director of Gallaudet Center of Global Education, Donalda was lauded for facilitating, and leading Gallaudet's international programs on the behalf of Gallaudet students, academic community and the global deaf community.

Donalda served as the first-ever female President of Deaflympics, a quadrennial Olympic-equivalent event exclusively for Deaf athletes, under the auspices of the world’s oldest sports organization for the disabled- the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf.

In addition, Dr. Ammons has served on national and international level organizations in various capacities. She continues to contribute as an author of numerous articles on Deaf culture and sports, published in various professional journals and books. Dr. Ammons has traveled extensively to present papers and conduct workshops relating to second language acquisition, learning strategies by deaf students, human rights for deaf people, deaf sports, and political and educational leadership in more than 50 countries.