Meet The Faculty: Rebecca Dadey

Rebecca L. Dadey, M.S.
Associate Professor, American Sign Language

Hometown: Horsham, PA

Education: B.A., University of Virginia; M.S., McDaniel College (MD)

History at OCC: I was hired in 2010 to meet the increasing demand for study of American Sign Language (ASL) here. Today, I teach ASL Levels I through VI, in addition to courses in Deafhood and ASL Literature & Film. I am also the faculty advisor for the student ASL Club, serve on the Diversity Council, and work to bring Deaf/ASL performers to campus each year. I am so thankful that so many individuals and departments at OCC have embraced Deaf perspectives and recognition of ASL.

Favorite Student Story: One of the best things about teaching so many different levels of ASL is the opportunity to see students grow and blossom from semester to semester. By the time students from all walks of life reach level IV, they have evolved into a cohesive group who are truly care about each other and foster each other’s learning journey in and out of the classroom.

Little-Known Facts: I am a runner and triathlete. I plan to complete my first full marathon and first Half Ironman triathlon in the next 16 months.

Meaningful Experiences Outside Education: As a life-long traveler, I have been to many corners of the country and world. One of my most meaningful trips was in 2013 when I traveled to Hungary to present at an international conference and to interact with the Hungarian Deaf community to learn their sign language and culture.

Meet the Faculty: Karl Klein

Karl W. Klein
Associate Professor of Computer Studies

Hometown: Kennett Square, PA

Education: B.S., Slippery Rock University; M.Ed., University of Virginia.

History at OCC: I was hired in 2002 to help OCC faculty put courses into the online SUNY Learning Network. I also assisted in the move into the virtual world via the ANGEL learning management system. Today I teach most of my courses in Computer Applications and Digital Media areas. I also teach a course on Sustainability in the new Interdisciplinary Department which I am privileged to be a part of.

Little-Known Facts: I spent six years in the U.S. Navy, most of it aboard the USS Nimitz which was the world’s largest warship at that time. I was also a firefighter for the National Park Service in the early 1990s. I helped fight fires in Yosemite National Park and the Okefenokee Swamp on the Florida-Georgia border.

Meaningful Experiences Outside Education: While serving in the military and traveling around the world I learned people are not as different from me as I thought.

Words of Wisdom: I am most grateful to have been given the opportunity to work at OCC. As a first generation college student myself (and the first in my entire extended family), I know firsthand how transformative an education can be.