American Sign Language (ASL) / English Interpreting Faculty & Staff

Sherry Shaw, Ed.D., CSC, is a Professor and Program Director of the Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in American Sign Language/English Interpreting. She has been an interpreter educator for twenty-three years, formerly serving as Interpreting Program Director at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock until coming to UNF in 2007. Dr. Shaw is actively engaged in research that explores similarities and differences between signed and spoken language interpreting students. Her primary research interest since 2002 has been collaborating with international partners to identify cognitive and personal characteristics that contribute to student success in learning the interpreting process. In addition to essential characteristics of interpreting students, Dr. Shaw has published in the areas of student support systems, service-learning in the Deaf community, transitioning from language acquisition to interpreting, and establishing international research ventures. In 2008, UNF's Interpreting program established a 5-year partnership with Lessius University College in Antwerp, Belgium to further joint research on the topic of interpreting student aptitude. Dr. Shaw is an active member of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers and is co-editor of the Journal of Interpretation. She is also on the editorial review board of the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship. 


Jan Humphrey, Ed.D., CSC, NIC-Advanced, SC:L, COI, is Associate Professor in the Bachelors and Masters degree programs. She is author of seminal textbooks So You Want to be an Interpreter and Decisions! Decisions! and has been an interpreter educator since 1977. Dr. Humphrey is past president of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and the Conference of Interpreter Trainers. She was involved in writing the first curriculum for teaching interpreting in 1978 and set up or revised interpreting programs at Johnson Country Community College (Kansas), CSUN (California) and Douglas College (British Columbia). 


 Dawn M. Wessling, M.Ed., NIC-Master, is the staff interpreter for the College of Education and Human Services  and an instructor in both the Interpreting program and the ASL studies program. Over the course of the last 22 years of her interpreting career, she has excelled in work within education, community, and VRS interpreting both here and abroad. She is a 2012 graduate of UNF’s master’s degree concentration in ASL/English Interpreting.  Ms. Wessling completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and is currently engaged in research related to the emotional impact interpreting has upon the signed language interpreter.


Laura Jackson, MA, CI, CT, is an Instructor in the Interpreting program. She received her BA in Deaf Education/Elementary Education from Flagler College, and her MA in Linguistics from Gallaudet University. She has been a nationally certified interpreter for almost ten years, and has experience interpreting in a wide range of settings. Mrs. Jackson has also completed Masters level coursework in Interpreting and International Development, which led to her partnership with the Jamaica Association for the Deaf in Kingston, Jamaica, where she worked both on and off site to improve services for deaf people on the island. Mrs. Jackson has been teaching at the post-secondary level in interpreter education for four years, in addition to continuing her work as a freelance interpreter and mentor. She is a member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and the Florida Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.


Len Roberson, Ph.D., CI, CT, is Dean of the Graduate School and teaches part-time in the Interpreting Program. Dr. Roberson, in his former role as Department Chair, established the program in 2007 and co-leads student transformational learning opportunities (with Dr. Shaw) to the interpreting programs at the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the University of Graz (Austria).


Michael Stultz is an ASL Instructor and teaches Advanced ASL Classifiers for Interpreters.


Jon Antal is an ASL Instructor.

Brenda Rolison is Office Manager for the Department of Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education. 

(904) 620-2930


Program Information


Dr. Sherry Shaw, ASL/English Interpreting Program
1 UNF Drive

Building 57, Room 3519

Jacksonville, FL 32226

(904) 620-1811