Patrick McCarthy

Assistant Program Director and Lecturer

American Sign Language & Deaf Studies Minor
ASL/English Interpreting, B.S.
UNH Manchester
Office 362

Office Hours

  • Thursdays: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Other days/times available by appointment


Patrick "Pax" McCarthy joined UNH Manchester in 2005 as the Assistant Director of the Sign Language Interpretation Program and Lecturer of American Sign Language.

Pax was hailed from Baltimore, Maryland, and is a proud American Sign Language (ASL) native user for his parents were culturally Deaf. He attended Maryland School for the Deaf. In 1979, he had earned a BA degree in Psychology from Gallaudet University at Washington, DC., and M.S. degree in Deaf Education from McDaniel College (formerly known as Western Maryland College) at Westminster, Maryland in 1985.

At the wake of ASL recognizance as an actual language by bona-fide linguists during 1970’s, Pax took numerous professional development training, courses, and workshops on ASL Linguistics, ASL Teaching Methodologies, Materials and Methods, Curriculum Design, and Evaluation (testing), mostly at National, and Local chapters of American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA). He is noted for his innovative ASL Classroom Communication Activities, in Natural Approach. He was a Professional Development Chair for Boston Chapter of ASLTA for several years. He also taught at various community colleges in Maryland, and Massachusetts, beside teaching English as Second Language at The Learning Center for Deaf Children, at Framingham, Massachusetts, and also at Allston’s DEAF Incorporated’s Evening Deaf Adult Education Program as their Director.

Patrick co-founded a local Boston Deaf Theatre, known as Show of Hands Theatre Company (SOHTC), and has been active in various capacities such as Board member, Playwright/Directing, and Lighting. Beside SOHTC, he consulted Sign Language Interpreters with translation in various professional theatres’ plays in Boston, such as Les Miserables, Les Liasiones Dangerouses, Anne Frank, The Blue Demon, and many others.


  • American Sign Language 1

  • American Sign Language II

  • American Sign Language III

  • American Sign Language IV

  • Socio-cultural Perspectives on Deaf Community

  • Deaf Culture (Introduction to Language, Culture, and History)

  • Gestures (“Handmime”)

  • Fingerspelling & Numbers

  • Contemporary & Classic Texts Translation


  • Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf

  • DEAF Incorporated, Allston, MA

  • American Sign Language Teachers Association, Boston Chapter

  • Show of Hands Theatre Company


  • M.S., Deaf Education, Western Maryland College, 1985

  • B.A., Psychology, Gallaudet University, 1979