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

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, serves as the program director, 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 22 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 has completed the Master Online Teacher certification program and is a Master Facilitator. 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 has served on the board of directors of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE) and currently serves as the editor for the Journal of Interpretation published by RID.  Dr. Roberson can be reached via email at

Sherry Shaw Ed.D., CSC a Professor in 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.  Dr. Shaw can be reached via email at

Dawn M. Wessling, Ph.D., 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.  Dr. Wessling can be reached via email at

Mark Halley, PhD, NIC Assistant Professor of ASL/English Interpreting in the Department of Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education. He conducted his doctoral research in the Department of Interpretation and Translation at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, where he studied the role of interpreters in the 1988 Deaf President Now protest. In addition to his research interests in politics and interpreting in contentious environments, he has investigated how interpreters manage metalinguistic references in discourse. He has presented at conferences in the United States, England, Italy, Poland, Scotland, the Netherlands, and Qatar. In his free time, he enjoys going to the gym (but not on leg day), traveling the world, and being a technophile. Dr. Halley can be reached via email at

Maryrose Claussen, M.S.

...Deaf and from a Deaf family, is an ASL/English Interpreting Instructor at University of North Florida. Maryrose holds a BS in Family and Child Studies from Gallaudet University and a M.S. in Deaf Education from McDaniel College. She has been teaching American Sign Language and Interpreting courses for more than 20 years at various universities and colleges in Alaska, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Florida. She also gave presentations and trainings at various conferences, workshops, and centers on teaching ASL in the past. She strives to make American Sign Language learning relevant, practical, and fun.  Professor Claussen can be reached via email at

Tina Elgado Cross Office Manager for the Department of Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education.  Mrs. Cross can be reached via email at and via telephone at (904) 620-2930.