American Sign Language Instructors at UF:
Stephen Hardy (2015 - Present):
Mr. Hardy has been teaching American Sign Language for over 11 years at the college level. Mr. Hardy has several years of involvement in the Deaf community including: Student Government President at Gallaudet University, President of the Florida Association of the Deaf for four years, and being appointed by the governor to the Florida Independent Living Council for two terms. Prior to teaching ASL 1 - 3 at the University of Florida, Mr. Hardy was an Assistant Professor of ASL at Santa Fe College. Mr. Hardy is the current advisor of Signing Gators.
Clyde Vincent (2017 - 2018):
Mr. Vincent is currently teaching three levels of American Sign Language (ASL) coursework at the University of Florida. He also serves as faculty advisor/supervisor for students who conduct signing activities (e.g. the National Anthem at University of Florida football games.) Prior to working at UF, Mr. Vincent was a tenured faculty member at Seattle Central College, where he taught six levels of ASL and courses in American Deaf Culture, Deaf Studies, and some courses in the Interpreter Training Program. From 2012-2016, he served as an ASL instructor and consultant for Google, Inc.. Other professional activities include working as a Rehabilitation counselor and Supervisor at the Alaska Center for Deaf Adults, lectureship/adjunct faculty positions at the University of Alaska at Anchorage, other schools in King County in Seattle. Clyde was involved in counseling services with Deaf adults. He is currently a R.I.D. nationally certified interpreter working in the various Deaf communities and services. He also provides numerous workshops related to ASL, Deaf History and Deaf Culture. Clyde served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for five years in the West Indies on the island of St. Lucas visiting other Caribbean islands and working with Deaf children. In Sierra Leone in West Africa Clyde established the Woodwork/Carving department and the Visual Aids Learning for teachers at the National School for the Deaf in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He worked with the Italian Catholic Mission helping physically handicapped for phys-theraphy exercises. He tried to initiate the first time boarding center for the Deaf in-country. Clyde sought for financial assistance abroad and worked on the reconstruction of the school building near Bo, Sierra Leone. Mr. Vincent holds a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with the Deaf from Western Oregon University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Gallaudet University. In the past he worked on matriculated studies for Ph.D. in Rehabilitation at New York University.
Glenna Ashton, PhD (2012 - 2015):
Dr. Ashton has been teaching Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing adult and K-12 learners for over 25 years. She is certified in RID RSC, ASLTA Professional, and Florida teacher certification in Deaf Education, Administration, and ESOL. She was the President of the national American Sign Language Teacher's Association (ASLTA) for six years. She is currently the Secretary for the Florida Association of the Deaf, where she serves on the governor-appointed Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. After three years of teaching ASL on-campus at the University of Florida, Dr. Ashton switched to teaching Deaf culture and ASL online, but has since retired.
Mike Tuccelli, PhD (Retired; 1995 - 2012):
Over 17 years, Dr. Tuccelli developed an American Sign Language curriculum for students through the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. In addition, he is the founder of the World's Largest Silent Weekend/Interpreter Conference, held in Orlando, Florida every June. For more information, please visit http://www.floridasilentweekend.com/.
Mr. Clyde Vincent
Mr. Stephen Hardy
Dr. Glenna Ashton
Dr. Mike Tuccelli