Laurie Achin is currently one of the American Sign Language (ASL) lecturer and in her fifth year at University of Georgia and currently the ASL Coordinator. Laurie has over 14 years of experience in deaf education and ASL instruction, she is passionate about sharing her knowledge and skills with diverse learners and audiences. She holds a master’s degree in education/teaching of deaf/hard of hearing individuals from Gallaudet University, the world’s leading institution for deaf and hard of hearing education. At UGA, Laurie teaches AMSL (1010-2020 and 3020) courses and coordinate the ASL program. She provides mentoring to the ASL students at UGA and leads the ASL Immersive Experience Program under UGA Engage/Experiential Learning program. She also works as an ASL consultant, co-producer and actor at Don’t Matter Media, a production company that creates content for deaf and hearing communities. Additionally, She has had worked as an ASL consultant for The Walking Dead TV show (season 10 and 11). She is also a deaf mentor for Georgia PINES, a program that supports families with deaf and hard of hearing children. Through these roles, she has demonstrated her abilities in acting, performing arts, ASL coaching, and deaf culture awareness. Laurie Achin is the recipient of numerous awards including the Faculty Senate D. Keith Osborn Award for Teaching Excellence (Assistant Level) and the UGA Career Center’s Student Career Success Influencer.

Areas of Expertise

  • American Sign Language
  • Deaf Education
  • Linguistics
  • ASL assessments
  • Deaf Studies/History
  • Early intervention
  • School-aged language/ Deaf and Hard of Hearing


  •  B.A in Drama Education in Drama Education, 2003
    Gallaudet University
  •  M.A. in Deaf Education in Deaf Education/ American Sign Language, 2008
    Gallaudet University


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Office Hours

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