Dr. James J. DeCaro
Name Dr. James J. DeCaro
Born Template:Birth date and age
Birthplace City, State, U.S.
Occupation Director of the Postsecondary Education Network International
Alma mater University B.S.

Dr. James J. DeCaro has been at NTID since 1971.

Early Life


Jim DeCaro holds a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology.

He has been a Rotary International Scholar at University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England and a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Orebro University in Sweden.

DeCaro is an Honorary Professor at Tinajin University of Technology (China) and holds an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Bauman Moscow State Technical University in Russia. He received the 2003 HaiHe Award of Honour for outstanding service to the better the circumstances of the people of Tianjin, China and the 2008 Contribution to Society Award from Japan's Foundation for Encouragement of Social Contribution for his service to humanity.[1]


He was the first faculty member in NTID's Civil Engineering Technology Program. Since that time he has served NTID as a staff chairperson, instructional developer, department chair and division director. From 1985 to 1998, Jim was dean for NTID, serving as NTID's interim director in 1995 and 1996 as well. Jim joined the Department of Research in 1998 after returning from Sweden where he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at ¡Ârebro University. Jim's research interests include career education and attitudes toward careers for people who are deaf.

Of his RIT experience, Jim says, "From the first time I set foot on this campus as a new member of the faculty in 1971, it was clear to me that I was expected to take risks, and develop and implement new ways of teaching people who are deaf...but to do so in a calculated and systematic fashion. That is, develop new approaches to reaching out to people who are deaf...finding innovative ways to meet their educational needs. The educational history of people who are deaf was one of underachievement and low expectations. For almost 40 years now, I have been given the freedom to pursue these ends...and not only at the college of NTID but across the university. RIT is an institution that has thrived on innovation and change and has been nimble and flexible in providing its people with the opportunity to innovate. For this, I am most appreciative and thrilled."[2]

NTID's Dean

From 1985 to 1998, Jim was dean for NTID.

NTID's Interim Director

He was serving as NTID's interim director in 1995 and 1996.

Postsecondary Education Network International

He is the director and principal investigator of the Postsecondary Education Network International (PEN-International). PEN-International is a first-of-its-kind effort to establish a world wide postsecondary education network. The Nippon Foundation of Japan is partnering with the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Japan's Tsukuba College of Technology (TCT) to establish the network. The Nippon Foundation awarded NTID $911,700 to underwrite the first year of a five-year $6.17 million project, the Postsecondary Education Network International. It is anticipated that this is the first step in a multi-year partnership with The Nippon Foundation to technologically link universities around the world that serve deaf and hard of hearing people.

NTID's Interim Presidential

He served as an interim president of NTID from 2009 to 2010.

External Links



  1. James J. DeCaro. The President. Rochester Institute of Technology. (2009). [1]
  2. James. J. DeCaro. Gallery of Innovators. Innovation Hall of Fame. Rochester Institute of Technology. (2011). [2]