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 degrees in American Sign Language/English Interpreting. She has been an interpreter educator since 1989, formerly serving as Interpreting Program Director at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock until coming to UNF in 2007. Dr. Shaw’s research interests include similarities and differences between signed and spoken language interpreting students and cognitive 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 quality of life of Deaf senior citizens. Her current research project is a case study of individuals who are Deaf with disabilities in Austria. She is a Commissioner with the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education and the author of Service Learning in Interpreter Education: Strategies for Extending Student Involvement in the Deaf Community (Gallaudet University Press, 2013). Dr. Shaw is an active member of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers and serves on the editorial review board of the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship.

Dawn M. Wessling, M.Ed., NIC-Master, has been working as a signed language interpreter for over 25 years and has been teaching interpreting and related topics in academic and workshop settings for 20+ years. She is a certified online instructor and course developer. She learned American Sign Language from the Deaf community while she was on active duty in the United States Navy and continues to have strong ties to the community. She serves as an instructor and the staff interpreter for the College of Education and Human Services. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, University College, Europe in 2006 where she graduated summa cum laude. Ms. Wessling is an outstanding graduate of the University of North Florida with a Master of Education with a concentration in ASL/English Interpreting (Class of 2012). Her research interests include cognition in natural ASL discourse versus interpreted discourse, interpreted emotional utterances, spoken English accent, and language policy in interpreter education. She has published studies and presented on research regarding language modality in interpreter education, video relay service interpreting, and language shaming in interpreter education in the US and Europe. She is a Presidential scholar and doctoral candidate at Gallaudet University currently in her dissertation proposal phase. She is a member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the Conference of Interpreter Trainers, and the National Association of the Deaf. She is a veteran of the United States Navy, the wife of a retired sailor, and a native of New Jersey. Her hobbies include cooking, creative arts, and reading Stephen King works.


Laura JacksonMA; SC:L, 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. Mrs. Jackson is a doctoral student at the University of Florida. She has been a nationally certified interpreter for more than 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 the Deaf community on the island. Additionally, she has completed extensive training in online teaching, including a Master Online Teaching certification program, and assists faculty in designing and developing online courses. She is a member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and the Florida Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

Campbell McDermid, PhD (NIC, COI) is an Associate Professor at UNF. His research encompasses translation theory, discourse, identity and Groupthink, pragmatics, cohesion, accuracy and assessment. He has developed a model of interpretation that conceptualizes “sense” at different levels and continues to explore the application of pragmatics and various theories of translation to the work of sign language interpreters. He is nationally certified in Canada and the United States, has several decades of conference work, and designed the current system of assessment used by the province of Ontario and helped redesign the national interpreter certification system in Canada.


Len Roberson, Ph.D., SC:L, CI, CT, has been involved in the fields of interpreting and deaf education for over 30 years. He is a professor in the interpreting program and is an active researcher and interpreter. Dr. Roberson, in his former role as Department Chair, established the interpreter program in 2007. Dr. Roberson has been at UNF for more than 20 years and has served in a variety of leadership roles including program director, Department Chair, Dean of the Graduate School and as an Associate Vice-President in Academic Affairs. Dr. Roberson continues to interpret regularly in a variety of settings but works primarily as a legal interpreter. As a scholar, his current research interests include the study of interpreting in legal settings, online teaching and learning, and service learning in interpreter education. In addition, he has published in the areas of quality of life of Deaf Senior Citizens, integration of technology in Deaf education, and teacher effectiveness. Dr. Roberson has presented numerous papers and workshops in North America and abroad and consults internationally. He serves on the board of directors of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE) and as the editor for the Journal of Interpretation published by RID.


Michael Stultz holds a Master’s Degree in Deaf Education and has been an instructor of Deaf Education and ASL studies and consulted in the interpreting program since 2007. He taught for a combined 18 years at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, D.C., the Missouri School for the Deaf and the Florida School for the Deaf in the subjects of science and drama.


Bettina (Tina) Elgado Cross is Office Manager for the Department of Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education. 

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