James J. DeCaro, Ph.D. - Vice Chairperson

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James J. DeCaro, Ph.D. - Vice Chairperson

James DeCaro is a professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, one of eight colleges of Rochester Institute of Technology. He is the director of NTID’s Postsecondary Education Network-International (PEN-International), a multinational collaborative network of colleges and universities serving deaf students that is funded by more than $10 million in grants from The Nippon Foundation of Japan. DeCaro is also director of the NTID Center on Access Technology, a center that focuses on the application of innovative technologies to facilitate access to educational setting for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

Prior to holding these posts he served as dean of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf for 14 academic years; two of those years as interim director and CEO. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering and a Ph.D. in instructional technology. 

DeCaro has been a Rotary International Scholar at University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (England) and a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Orebro University (Sweden). He holds an honorary professorship at Tianjin University of Technology (China). DeCaro was also awarded an honorary doctoral degree by Bauman Moscow State Technical University (Russia). In 2008 he received the FESCO award of Japan for his service to humanity.