Frances Conlin-Luippold joins the Department of Linguistics as a Lector in American Sign Language. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Boston University in 2015. Her research has been devoted to the morphosyntactic structure of American Sign Language, the nature of its acquisition, and its assessment. She has worked extensively in programs serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children to facilitate a solid foundation in ASL while fostering the development of robust literacy skills. Much of Frances’ work has also extended towards teaching families, teachers and caregivers ASL andthe critical role it represents in Deaf and Hard of Hearing children’s linguistic development. Her research continues to be focused on issues concerning this language acquisition process and its implications for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children.