March Speaker – Dr. Peter Seiler

Dr. Peter J. Seiler, a Chicago native, retired from his position as the Executive Director for the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NCDHH). His most recent stint prior to NCDHH was Director of Student Life at the Kansas School for the Deaf (Olathe, KS). Prior to that, Dr. Seiler served as the superintendent of the Arkansas School for the Deaf (Little Rock, AR) and the Illinois School for the Deaf (Jacksonville, IL.) From 1989 to 1995, he was the campus administrator (principal) for the Nebraska School for the Deaf. Dr. Seiler also has had experiences in higher education (teacher training and administration), teaching high school Deaf students in both state center schools and mainstream settings, and school administration.  

On the side, Dr. Seiler teaches American Sign Language to both high school and college students. He is a licensed sign language interpreter in Nebraska and does tactile and close range interpreting for Deaf-Blind individuals.

Dr. Seiler has written several articles and chapters in books. He has given a number of presentations to various audiences on topics related to deafness. In addition, Seiler has been active in community affairs. He has served on city, state and national organizations. Nationally, he is the treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Al VanNevel Memorial Foundation which is a national charitable organization that provides scholarships to Deaf and Hard of Hearing college students in business-related field. Most recently, he is active with the Nebraska Association of the Deaf as its secretary. He also is active in Nebraska with parent organizations and professional circles.

His education training includes a BA degree in English from Lewis University, an MA degree in Education of Deaf from DePaul University, and a Doctor in Education Administration from Illinois State University.