ASL and Deaf Studies Faculty

ASL and Deaf Studies Program Faculty

Lance Forshay, M.S. ASLTA (ASL Senior Lecturer and Program Director)
Kristi Winter, M.A., ASLTA-Professional (ASL Lecturer)
Michael Cooper, M.A. ASLTA-Qualified (ASL Lecturer)
Raymond Bateh, M.A. Summer (ASL Lecturer)
Lorna Rozelle, Ph.D. (ASL Linguistics Affiliate Instructor)

Lance A. Forshay, M.S.

Senior Lecturer and Director

(Photo taken at Microsoft "Mother Language International Day") 

Lance Forshay has been an ASL minor program director and lecturer at the University of Washington since its beginning in 2007. He earned his BA in Mathematics and Secondary Education in 1992 from Gallaudet University and MS in Ministry in 1998 from Southern Christian University. Teaching experience spans over 25 years with wide variety of educational subjects and settings from high school to university levels, from tutoring to interpreter mentorship, and from church classes to residential schools for the deaf.  Teaching ASL and Deaf studies became his primary career field in 1999.  His interests are Deaf Culture Studies, Audism and Oppressions in the Deaf community, Deaf Christian Heritage, ASL Fingerspelling Phonology,  ASL Verb Morphology, and Sign Vocabulary Etymology.

Contact information:


Video Phone:  206-452-0085  

Phone:  206-452-0085  (For hearing people:  You will hear the voice of an ASL interpreter who is provided through this relay service to translate your voice to ASL and vice versa to my video phone where I will see the same interpreter signing in ASL.)  



Kristi Winter, M.A.



  • MA, Linguistics, Gallaudet University 2008
  • BA, American Sign Language Studies, Gallaudet University, 2006

Kristi holds a BA degree in ASL Studies and a Master’s in Linguistics from Gallaudet University, and the Professional Certificate (the highest level certificate) from American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA).  She has been a full-time member of the University of Washington Linguistics Department faculty since September 2010.  Prior to joining UW, she taught ASL at different universities and colleges for over 20 years, including several years at Gallaudet University.

Kristi is currently the President of the Washington State chapter of ASLTA and gives presentations and workshops on ASL and ASL Linguistics to teachers of ASL.

For her MA degree research projects, Kristi researched numerical incorporation in Japanese Sign Language as well as regional differences between Black ASL signers in the Northern and Southern states.  She also was involved in researching ASL phonology acquisition in first language (L1) ASL by young deaf and hearing children.  Her main research interests are in the sociolinguistics of Deaf communities, ASL morphology, second language (L2) ASL acquisition by both deaf and hearing learners, and ASL teaching methods and strategies.


Phone and videophone: 206-452-5745


Michael Cooper, M.A.

Part-time Lecturer

M.A., Sign Language Education, Gallaudet University, 2014
American Sign Language Education Certification - Qualified Level
Mr. Cooper holds a BS degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from East Carolina, and the Qualified Certificate (the second highest level certificate) from American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA). He has been a part time member of the University of Washington Linguistics Department faculty since September 2015. Prior to joining UW, he taught ASL at different universities and colleges for over 13 years. Michael is currently the Vice President of the Washington State chapter of ASLTA. He has given several presentations and workshops to ASL teachers.
He has obtained a MA degree in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University in 2014. His areas of interest of research: Deaf political discourse, comparative of Deaf and Hearing Culture theories applied in politics, problems in ASL curriculum, Social Media Use in Sign Language Education, oppression theories in Deaf Culture, mental mapping differences between Deaf and Hearing people's brains and ASL Linguistic assessments for college students.

Raymond Bateh, M.S.

Part-time Lecturer for Summer


Raymond Bateh earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Gallaudet University in 1987 and Master of Science degree in Deaf Education from McDaniel Colelge (formerly Western Maryland College) in 1994. After relocating to Seattle, Washington shortly after, Raymond began teaching of ASL and Deaf Culture courses part-time and discovered that he has a passion for teaching and got immersed into ASL. In 1996, he was offered a full-time ASL position at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Washington and has been teaching for over 15 years. In addition, He has also taught at the University of Washington Seattle every summer since 2008. He is also an ASLPI evaluator and provides mentoring work with several interpreters.  His interest is Semantics of ASL (Expressions)."
E-mail address:
Lorna Rozelle, Ph.D.
Affiliate Instructor
Winter ASL Linguistics
Lorna Rozelle teaches Linguistics 403, “The Structure of ASL,” a course she developed with Susan McBurney in 1997 for the Linguistics Department of the University of Washington.  She received an AB from Cornell University and an MA from the University of Washington in mathematics. She taught math for several years, during which time she studied American Sign Language at Seattle Central Community College and at American Sign Language Interpreting School of Seattle.  Returning to graduate school, she earned an MA and a PhD in linguistics.  As part of her doctoral program, she was granted a Fulbright scholarship to study Finnish Sign Language in Finland.  Her dissertation, “The Structure of Sign Language Lexicons: Inventory and Distribution of Handshape and Location,” is a cross-linguistic study of phonological properties of four sign languages.  Her research interests include lexical structure of signed and spoken languages, phonological representation, and modality effects.
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