Len Roberson

Associate Vice President • Assistant Vice President, Academic Technology

Academic Technology & Innovation • Academic Affairs Division

Areas of Expertise

Deaf Education

American Sign Language/English Interpreting

Academic, Instructional Technology

Education

Ph.D., Gallaudet University, Deaf Education & Instructional Technology, 1999

M.Ed., University of Central Florida,  Educational Leadership, 1993

B.A., Flagler College, Deaf Education and English Education, 1991

Biography

 

Len Roberson has been involved in the fields of deaf education and interpreting for 23 years. He is an active researcher, interpreter, and interpreter educator and holds the SC:L, CI and CT certifications from RID.  He is co-owner of an interpreting agency in NE Florida through which he interprets primarily in legal settings.  Len is currently the Dean of the Graduate School at the University of North Florida and Assistant Vice-President of Academic Technology and is a tenured Associate professor currently teaching in the ASL/English Interpreting graduate program – a program he developed and founded at UNF.  Since joining UNF in 1998, Len has received more than 3 million dollars in external funding as the principal investigator for numerous grants. His current research interests include the study of interpreting in legal settings, teacher effectiveness and preparation and service learning in interpreter education. Len has presented numerous papers and workshops in North America and abroad.  He is co-editor for the Journal of Interpretation published by RID. Len is married and has seven beautiful children, 4 girls and 3 boys. 

Affiliations

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

Conference of Interpreter Trainers

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Grants Funded

 

Roberson, L.  (2011-2012).  Principal Investigator, Educational Interpreter Project.  State funded  grant.  University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida ($214,500). Awarded October 1 2011- September 30, 2012.

 

Roberson, L.  (2010-2011).  Principal Investigator, Educational Interpreter Project.  State funded  grant.  University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida ($214,500). Awarded October 1 2010- September 30, 2011.

 

Roberson, L.  (2009-2010).  Principal Investigator, Educational Interpreter Project.  State funded  grant.  University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida ($162,415). Awarded October 1 2009- September 30, 2010.

 

Roberson, L.  (2009-2010). Principal Investigator, Personnel Development Partnership (PDP).  State funded grant.  University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida ($187,950). Awarded October 1 2009- September 30, 2010.

 

Roberson, L.  (2009-2010).  Principal Investigator, Florida Inclusion Network (FIN). US Department of Education,  Federal Flow Through / State funded grant.  University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida ($500,000).  Awarded October 1 2009- September 30, 2010.

 

Roberson, L.  (2008-2009).  Principal Investigator, Educational Interpreter Project.  US Department of Education,  Federal Flow Through / State funded grant.    University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida ($162,415).  Awarded November 1 2008- October 31, 2009.

 

Roberson, L.  (2005-2006).  Principal Investigator, Educational Interpreter Project .  US Department of Education,  Federal Flow Through / State funded grant.    University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida ($162,415).  Awarded November 1, 2007 – October 31, 2008.

 

Roberson, L.  (2007-2008).  Principal Investigator, Educational Interpreter Project.  US Department of Education,  Federal Flow Through / State funded grant.    University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida ($162,415).

 

Roberson, L.  (2006-2007).  Principal Investigator, Educational Interpreter Project.  US Department of Education,  Federal Flow Through / State funded grant.  University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida ($162,415).

 

Roberson, L.  (2005-2006).  Principal Investigator and Director, Teacher training initiative:  Deaf Education.   US Department of Education,  Federal Flow Through / State funded grant.  University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida ($162,415).

 

Roberson, L.  (2004-2005).  Principal Investigator and Director, Training initiative:  Deaf Education.   US Department of Education,  Federal Flow Through / State funded grant.  University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida ($324,830.00).

 

Roberson, L.  (2003).  Principal Investigator and Director, Teacher training initiative:  Deaf Education.   US Department of Education,  Federal Flow Through / State funded grant.  University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida ($283,507).

 

Roberson, L.  (2003).  Principal Investigator, Educational Interpreter Project.  US Department of Education,  Federal Flow Through / State funded grant.   University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida ($180,000).

 

Roberson, L.  (2002).  Principal Investigator and Director, Teacher training initiative:  Deaf Education.   US Department of Education,  Federal Flow Through / State funded grant.   University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida ($280,507).

 

Roberson, L.  (2001).  Principal Investigator and Director, Teacher training initiative:  Deaf Education, US Department of Education,  Federal Flow Through / State funded grant.  .  University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida ($240,000).

 

Roberson, L.  (2001-2004), Principal Investigator, Virtual Varying Exceptionalities Program.  US Department of Education,  Federal Flow Through / State funded grant.  University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida ($24,942)

 

Grants Submitted but Unfunded

 

Roberson, L.  (2009). Mediated educational experiences of Deaf students:  The impact of sign language interpreting as a related service.  U.S. Department of Education.  University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida ($818,805).

 

Roberson, L., & Shaw, S. (2008). U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services, Combined Priority for Personnel Preparation.  (Submitted for Review October 2008)

Publications & Presentations

 

Peer- Reviewed ARTICLES:

 Roberson, L., & Shaw, S. (2012). Reflections on Deaf Education: Perspectives of Deaf Senior Citizens. Manuscript in preparation.

 Shaw, S., & Roberson, L. (2012). Evaluating academic service-learning in interpreter education: An initiative to improve connections with the Deaf community. Manuscript in preparation.

 Roberson, L., Russell, D., & Shaw, R. (under review).  A case for training signed language interpreters for legal specialization.  International Journal of Interpreter Education.

 Roberson, L., Russell, D., & Shaw, R. (2011).  Interpreting in Legal Settings in North America.  Journal of Interpretation, 64-79.

 Shaw, S., & Roberson, L. (2009). Service-learning: Re-centering the Deaf community in interpreter education.   American Annals of the Deaf.

 Moores, D., & Roberson, L. (2009).  Deafness.  In R. A. Shweder (Ed.)., Chicago companion to the child.  Chicago:  University of Chicago Press.

 Woolsey, M. L., & Satterfield, S. T., Roberson, L. (2006). Visual Phonics: An English code buster? American Annals of the Deaf, 151(4), 452-458.

Roberson, L., Woolsey, M., Seabrooks, J., & Williams, G.  (2004).   An ecobehavioral assessment of teaching behaviors of teacher candidates during their internship experiences.   Teacher Education and Special Education., 27(3), 264-275.

 Roberson, L., Woolsey, M., Seabrooks, J., & Williams, G.  (2004). Data-driven assessment in the evaluation of teacher candidates during their internship experiences in deaf education. American Annals of the Deaf, 148(5), 403-413.

 Roberson, L.  (2001).  Integration of and instruction with computers and related technologies in deaf education teacher preparation programs. American Annals of the Deaf, 146(1), 60-66.

 Williams, G., Seabrooks, J., Thomas, C., Roberson, L.  (2000).  Peer-mediated versus adult mediated interventions: Learning and generalizing community and domestic skills-moderate and severe intellectual disabilities.  National Forum of Special Education.

 Roberson, L., and Serwatka, T. S.  (2000). Student perceptions and instructional effectiveness of deaf and hearing teachers.  American Annals of the Deaf, 145(5), 256-262.

 BOOKS:

 Williams, G., Thomas, C., Roberson, L ,  & Seabrooks, J.  (2006).  Special education: Case by case. (3rd ed.).  Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

 BOOK CHAPTERS within the above book:                                                                

Roberson, L.   (2006).  Deafness and hard of hearing.  In G. Williams, C. Thomas, J. Seabrooks, & L. Roberson, Special education: Cases by case  (pp. 207-218).  Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt.

Williams, G.,  & Roberson, L.   (2006).  Transition:  Movement from school to community based environments.  In G. Williams, C. Thomas, J. Seabrooks, & L. Roberson (Eds.), Special education: Cases by case  (pp. 89-107).   Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt.

  BOOK CHAPTERS:                                                                  

 Roberson, L.  (in press).  Case studies in service-learning:  Program spotlights.  In S. Shaw, Service-learning in interpreter education.  Washington, DC:  Gallaudet University Press.

 Williams, G.,  & Roberson, L.   (2003).  Overview.   In G. Williams, C. Thomas,  & E. Henderson (Eds.),  Accommodations, modifications and content enhancements for students with mild, moderate and severe disabilities: Strategies for collaboration and inclusion  (pp. 2 - 42).   Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt.

 Williams, G.,  & Roberson, L.   (2003).  Accommodations and modifications:  Students with severe Disabilities.    In G. Williams, C. Thomas,  & E. Henderson (Eds.), Accommodations, modifications and content enhancements for students with mild, moderate and severe disabilities: Strategies for collaboration and inclusion (pp. 110-270).   Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt.

 Williams, G.,  Roberson, L., & Woolsey, M. L.  (2003).  Accommodations and modifications:  Students who are deaf or hard of hearing.    In G. Williams, C. Thomas,  & E. Henderson (Eds.), Accommodations, modifications and content enhancements for students with mild, moderate and severe disabilities: Strategies for collaboration and inclusion (pp. 271-288).   Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt.

 Williams, G.,  Roberson, L., & Woolsey, M. L.  (2003).  Accommodations and modifications:  Use of assistive technology.  In G. Williams, C. Thomas,  & E. Henderson (Eds.), Accommodations, modifications and content enhancements for students with mild, moderate and severe disabilities: Strategies for collaboration and inclusion (pp. 289-308).   Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt.

PROCEEDINGS

Roberson, L., Russell, D., & Shaw, R. (2012).  Legal Interpreting:  A North American Study.  Annual Proceedings of the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters. 

 Roberson, L., & Shaw, S. (2010). (Editors).  Connecting Our World:  Expanding our Horizons.  Conference of Interpreter Trainers.  San Antonio, TX.

 Roberson, L., & Shaw, S. (2008). (Editors).  Putting the pieces together:  A collaborative approach to Educational Interpreting.  Conference of Interpreter Trainers.  San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 Seabrooks, J., Roberson, L., & Williams, G.  (2001).  An expressway of communication that doesn’t include the Internet: Communicating in the fast lane.  The new millennium: Issues, concerns, solutions, conference proceedings of the twenty-third annual conference of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children.

 Serwatka, T. S., and Roberson, L.  (1999).  Student perceptions and instructional effectiveness of deaf and hearing teachers.  In World Federation of the Deaf.

RobersonContact Information

Building 10, Room 1132

(904) 620-2185

len.roberson@unf.edu