Vicki J. Donne, D.Ed.
University Professor of Education (Education)
412-397-5465 phone (M)
412-397-6044 fax
Nicholson Center 472

Educational Background

  • Doctorate of Education, Special Education, Specialization in Education of Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Collateral Area in Reading, University of Pittsburgh, 2006
  • Master of Education, Special Education, Program for the Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, University of Pittsburgh, 1992
  • Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, University of Albuquerque, 1984
  • Associate in Arts, Business Administration, Robert Morris University, 1982

Professional Background

  • University Professor, Education Department, SNEHS, Robert Morris University
  • Adjunct Faculty, IUP, University of Pittsburgh, and West Liberty State College
  • Teacher of Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, RESA-6, West Virginia
  • Various Positions in Business (Training & Support Coordinator - MIS, PC Specialist,and Marketing Representative)

Area of Expertise/Research

  • Vicki J. Donne, DEd, has more than 15 years experience as a deaf educator in the public schools. Her current research interests focus on reading instruction for students who are deaf/hard of hearing, interventions and technology use among students with disabilities, and special education teacher preparation.


  • Pavlic-Roseberry, G. & Donne, V. (2021). Trauma in rural areas: Implications for instruction. In C. Bernadowski (Ed.), Strategies and methods for implementing trauma-informed pedagogy.  IGA Global. 

  • Hansen, M., & Donne, V. (2020). High quality assessments for students with disabilities. In S. Nichols & D. Varier (Eds.), Teaching on Assessment from the series Theory to practice: Education psychology for teachers and teaching. AERA.
  • Swab, J., & Donne, V. (2019). EMS stress management education standards. Crisis, Stress, and Human Resilience: An international journal, 1(2), 21-30.
  • Donne, V., Hansen, M. A., Zigmond, N. (2019). Statewide alternate reading assessment of students who are deaf/hard of hearing with additional disabilities. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 40(2), 67-76.
  • Donne, V., & Hansen, M. (2017). Teachers' use of assistive technologies in education. In Tomeo, L. (Ed.), Exploring the New Era of Technology-Infused Education (pp. 86-101). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Donne, V. (2016). Young adult books: Helping to prepare teachers for Augmentative Alternative Communication. International Journal of Special Education, 31(2), 161-168.
  • Donne, V. (2016). Deaf characters in literature. In G. Gertz, P. Boudreault (Eds.). The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.
  • Donne, V., & Rugg, N. (2015). Online reading practices of students who are deaf/hard of hearing. Deafness & Education international, 17(3). 144-154.
  • Donne, V., & Rugg, N. (2015). Reading comprehension practices of students who are deaf/hard of hearing. The Volta Review, 115(2), 101-127.
  • Donne, V., & Briley, M. L. (2015). Multimedia storybooks: Supporting vocabulary for students who are deaf/hard of hearing. International Journal of Special Education, 30(2), 1-13.
  • Donne, V. (2013). Technology to support sign language for students with disabilities. Rural Special Education Quarterly, 32(4), 24-37.
  • Donne, V., & Hansen, M. (2013). Business and technology educators: Practices for inclusion. International Journal of Information Communication and Technology Education, 9(4), 81-93.
  • Cellante, D., & Donne, V. (2013). A program evaluation process to meet the needs of English language learners. Education, 134(1), 1-8.
  • Donne, V., & Lin, F. (2013). Special education teacher induction: The wiki way. The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues, & Ideas, 86(2), 1-5.
  • Donne, V. (2012). Keyboard instruction for students with a disability. The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues, & Ideas, 85(5), 201-206.
  • Donne, V. (2012). Wiki: Using web connections to connect students. TechTrends, 56(2), 31-36.
  • Rugg, N., & Donne, V. (2011). Parent and teacher perceptions of transitioning students from an auditory-oral school to general education. Volta Review, 111(3), 325-351.
  • Hansen, M., & Donne, V. (Fall, 2011). Business educators: Putting inclusion into practice. Business Teacher Education Journal, 38, 35-41.
  • Donne, V. (2011). Reading instruction and text difficulty. Volta Review, 111(1), 5-23.
  • Donne, V., & Zigmond, N. (2008). Student engagement during reading instruction for students who are deaf/hard of hearing. American Annals of the Deaf, 153(3), 294-303.
  • Donne, V., & Zigmond, N. (2008). An observational study of reading instruction for students who are deaf/hard of hearing in public schools. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 29(4), 219-235.


  • 2021 - Back to School for Parents of Children with Disabilities virtual panel discussion moderated by Rep. Dan Miller
  • 2021 - RMU Research & Grant Expo: Expanding Principal Certification for the Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Corps
  • 2020 - RMU Research & Grant Expo: Using Higher Education to Build High Quality Practices in Child Care
  • 2018 - CEC National Conference: The Language of Science: AA-AAS and Students who are DHH
  • 2018 - PA State Registry Interpreters of the Deaf: Language of Science: Bridging Classroom Instruction and Assessment
  • 2016 - PA CEC Conference: Planting seeds of AAC Knowledge
  • 2016 - CEC National Conference: Unlocking Reading Comprehension: Can Students Give Us the Keys?
  • 2014 - RMU Preparing Learners for the 21st Century Conference: Adaptive Technology for Literacy
  • 2012 - OCALI National Conference: Panel Discussion of ASL & Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • 2012 - PA CEC Conference: Application of Apps (Student Led Presentation)
  • 2012 - RMU Business Education Conference: Autism in the Classroom - What Business Educators Need to Know
  • 2011 - PA CEC Conference: An Initiative of Distance Teacher Induction Program
  • 2011 - AG Bell National Conference: Transitioning of Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • 2010 - CEC National Conference: Developing and Implementing Individualized Multimedia Storybooks for Vocabulary Development
  • 2009 - OCALI National Conference: Multimedia Storybooks as Tools for Vocabulary Development
  • 2008 - ACE-DHH National Convention: Reading Levels and the Reading Instruction Experience
  • 2007 - ACE-DHH National Convention: Reading Instruction for Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing in Public School Settings-Results of an Observational Study
  • 2005 - PESDHH Convocation, PA: Strategies for Increasing Time Engaged in Reading
  • 2003 - PAC RIM: A Functional Vision Evaluation for Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing