Associate Professor Department of General Education and Social Pedagogy
Ukrainian Catholic University
About Ihor Kobel
Ihor Kobel, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of General Education and Social Pedagogy, The Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv.
Dr. Kobel has 20 years of classroom teaching experience at the residential school for deaf children and 10 years of university work. He is the author of over 15 publications in scientific journals in Ukraine and presented at the International Congresses on the Education of the Deaf in Maastricht (2005) and Vancouver (2010).
Dr.Kobel’s professional interests are in the area of Deaf Studies, Special and Inclusive education of children with special needs as well as research methods in Social Sciences and Education.
As a participant of the Fulbright Program of the US State Department Ihor spent two semesters at the Catholic University of America and Gallaudet University in Washington DC conducting research.
Ihor has always been very active in deaf community life in Ukraine and Canada where he completed his Master’s (2003) and Ph.D. (2009). His involvement with the Canada-Ukraine Alliance for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (CUADHHP) since its creation in 2000 and Canada-Ukraine Research Team (2003) are two of many examples of his community work.
CUADHHP is a non-profit organization that was created as a response to the unmet needs of Ukrainian deaf children and their families and is a network, both in Canada and in Ukraine, of individuals, educational institutions, community organizations and corporations that are working with and supporting deaf and hard of hearing children and adults.
In 1999 Dr.Kobel created the Centre for Advancement of Deaf Education, a non-profit charity organization in Ukraine, to promote post-secondary education for the deaf in Ukraine. He also created the first computer lab for deaf children in Ukraine in 1999 at the Maria Pokrova Residential School for Deaf Children after bringing from Canada 15 donated computers.