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Len Roberson

Professor | Program Director, ASL/English Interpreting

Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education | College of Education & Human Services

Areas of Expertise

American Sign Language/English Interpreting

Deaf Education

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, 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, and program director, in the interpreting program and is an active researcher, interpreter, and interpreter educator.  He holds national certifications from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) including the Specialist Certificate in legal interpreting (SC:L).  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.  Recently, he co-edited a textbook entitled Signed Language Interpreting in the 21st Century: An Overview of the Profession?  He serves on the board of directors of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and as the editor for the Journal of Interpretation published by RID.  Dr. Roberson is married and has 8 children, three of whom are Deaf, and most recently became a Grandfather.

Awards

Awards / Honors

2003-2004, Faculty Fellow, Office of Faculty Enhancement, University of North Florida

2003, Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of North Florida

 

Professional Certifications

Effective Facilitator,  Leadership Strategies

 

Master Online Teacher (MOT), University of Illinois, Illinois Online Network (ION)

 

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID), Specialist Certificate:  Legal (SC:L), Certificate of Interpretation (CI), Certificate of Transliteration (CT) 

Affiliations

Memberships

  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
  • Conference of Interpreter Trainers
  • National Association of the Deaf
  • Florida Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
  • World Association of Sign Language Interpreters

Grants and Contracts Awarded

  • Roberson, L. (2016-2017).  Principal Investigator, Educational Interpreter Project.  State funded grant.  University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida ($229,829). Awarded October 1 2016- September 30, 2017.
  • Roberson, L. (2015-2016).  Principal Investigator, Educational Interpreter Project.  State funded grant.  University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida ($229,829). Awarded October 1 2015- September 30, 2016.
  • Roberson, L. (2014-2015).  Principal Investigator, Educational Interpreter Project.  State funded grant.  University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida ($229,829). Awarded October 1 2014- September 30, 2015.
  • Roberson, L. (2013-2014).  Principal Investigator, Educational Interpreter Project.  State funded grant.  University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida ($229,829). Awarded October 1 2013- September 30, 2014.
  • Roberson, L. (2012-2013).  Principal Investigator, Educational Interpreter Project.  State funded grant.  University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida ($229,829). Awarded October 1 2012- September 30, 2013.
  • Roberson, L. (2011-2012).  Principal Investigator, Educational Interpreter Project.  State funded grant.  University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida ($229,829). 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. (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, 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).
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Publications & Presentations

PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES:

Roberson, L., (2015).   Interpreting Students’ Perceptions of Blended Learning.  Journal of Interpretation, 23(1).

 

Roberson, L., & Shaw, S. (2014).  Reflections on deaf education: Perspectives of deaf senior citizens.  Educational Gerontology, DOI:  10.1080/03601277.2014.951194

 

Shaw, S., & Roberson, L. (2013). Social connectedness of deaf retirees. Educational Gerontology, 39(10), 750-760.  doi:  10.1080/03601277.2012.734165

 

Roberson, L., Russell, D., & Shaw, R. (2012).  A case for training signed language interpreters for legal specialization.  International Journal of Interpreter Education, 4(2), 52-73.

 

Roberson, L., Russell, D., & Shaw, R. (2011).  American Sign Language/English Interpreting In Legal Settings:  Current Practices in North America.  Journal of Interpretation, 21(1), 64-79.

 

Shaw, S., & Roberson, L. (2009). Service-learning: Re-centering the Deaf community in interpreter education. American Annals of the Deaf, 154(3), 277-283.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

BOOKS:

Roberson, L., and Shaw, S. (Eds.).  (2018).  Signed language interpreting in the 21st century:  An overview of the profession.  Washington, DC:  Gallaudet University Press.

 

Williams, G., Seabrooks-Blackmore, J., Roberson, L., and Thomas, C.  (2014).  Individualizing special education:  One student at a time (4th edition).  Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

 

Cassell, J., & Roberson, L. (2010).  Bravo ASL! Curriculum.  San Diego, CA:  ASL Productions, Inc.

 

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

 

 

BOOK CHAPTERS:                                                                       

Roberson, L.  (2018).  Signed language interpreting:  An introduction.  In L. Roberson and S. Shaw (Eds.), Signed language interpreting in the 21st century:  An overview of the profession (pp. 1-22).  Washington, DC:  Gallaudet University Press.

 

Roberson, L.  (2013).  Case studies in interpreter education.  In S. Shaw, Service-learning in interpreter education:  Strategies for extending student involvement in the Deaf community (pp. 172-195).  Washington, DC:  Gallaudet University Press.

 

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.

 

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.

 

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS:

 

Roberson, L.  (July 20, 2018).  LEADing from Within, LEADing for Tomorrow.  RID Region IV conference.  Albequerque, NM.

Roberson, L.  (August 23, 2017).  Sign Language Interpreting in Legal Settings:  An Essential Need.  Invited Keynote Speaker. Second National Workshop on Professionalization of Legal Interpreting Services in Mexican Sign Language.  Mexico City, Mexico. 

Roberson, L., and Shaw, S. (September 2013).  Technology and Interpreters:  Friends or Foes? European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters (EFSLI) Annual Conference, Ljubliana, Slovenia.

 

Roberson, L., & Shaw, S.  (April 15, 2013).  Social Connectedness of Deaf Retirees:  Usefulness to Younger Generations.  Invited, Jones Memorial Research Lecture.  University of Alberta.

 

Roberson, L, & Miller, D.  (October 11, 2012).  Preparing Faculty to Teach Online:  An Innovative, Blended Approach.    18th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning. 

 

Roberson, L., Russell, D., & Shaw, R. (October 18, 2012).  Preparing Interpreters for Legal Specialization:  Evidence-based Findings and Curricular Implications.  CIT Conference, Charlotte, NC.

 

Roberson, L., & Shaw, S. (October 17, 2012).  Distance Learning in Interpreter Education:  Design, Integration, and Delivery.  CIT Conference, Charlotte, NC.

 

Shaw, S., Roberson, L., Ball, C., & Miner, A.  (October 18, 2012).  Uniting Industry and Academia in Interpreter Education:  A Partnership Model.  CIT Conference, Charlotte, NC.

 

Roberson, L., & Shaw, S. (September 17, 2012).  Distance Learning in Interpreter Education.  EFSLI Training Seminar, University of Graz:  Graz, Austria.

 

Roberson, L., & Shaw, S. (September 19, 2012).  Writing for Publication in International Journals:  A Panel of Journal Editors and Reviewers.  EFSLI Training Seminar, University of Graz:   Graz, Austria.

 

Roberson, L., Russell, D., & Shaw, R. (2012, April).  Research Findings and Implications for Practice.  Institute for Legal Interpreting, Denver, CO.

 

Shaw, S., & Roberson, L. (2012, March).  Ethical Decision-Making in Community Interpreting.  University of Graz, Graz, Austria.

 

Roberson, L, & Miller, D.  (2011, November).  A blended approach to training online faculty at the University of North Florida.  17th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning. 

 

Roberson, L., Russell, D., and Shaw, R. (2011, July).   Current Practices in Signed Language Interpreting in Legal Settings in North America.  World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) Conference, Durban, South Africa.

 

Roberson, L., & Shaw, S. (2010, October). Assessment, Standards, & Program Accreditation: Linking national standards and Interpreter Education. CIT Conference, San Antonio, TX.

 

Shaw, S., & Roberson, L.  (2010, October). Evaluating Academic Service-Learning in Interpreter Education: An Initiative to Improve Connections with the Deaf Community.  CIT Conference, San Antonio, TX.

 

Roberson, L., Russell, D., and Shaw, R.  (2010, July). Best Practices in legal settings:  Research and practice in North America. AVLIC Annual Conference, Ontario, Canada.

 

Roberson, L., Russell, D., and Shaw, R.  (2010, July). Sign language interpreters working in legal settings:  Research and practice in North America. AVLIC Annual Conference, Ontario, Canada.

 

Roberson, L., Russell, D., and Shaw, R.  (2009, October). Sign language interpreters working in legal settings:  Research and practice in North America. Florida Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.

 

Roberson, L. (2009, October). Best practices in legal interpreting:  Exploring the effectiveness of doing it right. Florida Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.

 

Roberson, L. (2009, October). Fa Fu Fa:  Becoming a fantastic, fun, and favored presenter. Florida Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.

 

Roberson, L. (2009, June). W3:  The Who, the What, and the Why of Interpreting in Court.  30th Annual Silent Weekend, Orlando, Florida.

 

Roberson, L.  (2009, June). Legal Interpreting:  Key Ingredients to a Successful Experience.  30th Annual Silent Weekend, Orlando, Florida.

 

Roberson, L.  (2009, June). Interpreting in the Legal System:  An Introduction.  30th Annual Silent Weekend, Orlando, Florida.

 

Roberson, L. and Caserta, S. (2009, January).  Foundations of Interpreting in the Legal System.  Jacksonville, Florida, three-day training.

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Contact Information

Building 57, Room 3514

(904) 620-2185

len.roberson@unf.edu