Sharon Hill, Program Director
Sharon Hill is the Director of the ASLI program and an Instructional Assistant Professor. She has been interpreting professionally for over 20 years and is a Master Level interpreter, which is the highest level of interpreting certification awarded by Board for Evaluators of Interpreters (BEI). She also holds Level IV and Medical Interpreter certification. She has completed doctoral work in the Interpretation and Translation Studies from Gallaudet University and is currently completing her PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Birmingham in England.
CV is available for viewing here.
David Bass, B.A., Lab Supervisor/ASL Coach
David Bass is the Lab Supervisor and ASL coach for the American Sign Language Interpreting Program. David Bass graduated from Gallaudet University with a BA degree in Psychology. He is a proud, deaf Houstonian who regularly hosts the monthly Houston ASL socials. He enjoys meeting new people and is supportive of those learning a new language.
Robyn Brittain, M.A., Adjunct Faculty
Robyn Brittain received her Master’s degree in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education from Lamar University. She has been teaching Deaf Education and ASL in high school since 2007 as well as she has been teaching at UH since 2012. Plus, she is the ASLI coach for UH national anthem for the past several years.
Terrell Brittain, Instructional Assistant Professor
Terrell Brittain is a graduate of the Master’s degree program in Deaf Studies & Deaf Education at Lamar University. He is an accomplished teacher at both the secondary and higher education levels. His expertise is in American Sign Language and Deaf Culture. He is known for incorporating humor in his teaching which puts his students at ease as they learn the complicated task of communicating in a visual modality. Terrell’s major focus is Deaf studies.
Merrilee Gietz, Instructional Assistant Professor
Dr. Merrilee “Mizzy” Gietz was raised and educated in Alberta, Canada. She has been teaching students in American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting programs in higher post-secondary education for nearly 20 years. Dr. Gietz has made several conference and workshop presentations on topics such as ASL haikus, ASL depictions, and various topics related to ASL teaching and interpreting. She earned her Ed.D degree in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 2013 at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. View her full bio here.
Scot Pott, Instructional Associate Professor
Dr. Scot Pott returned to Houston in 2013 to be a part of ASLI Faculty. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC and his Master of Public Health from the School of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston. He completed his doctoral studies at Lamar University. He has been teaching various ASL classes over 25 years. He currently serves as Board for Evaluators of Interpreter (BEI) Advisory Board.
CV is available for viewing here.
Robert Todd, Program Assistant
Robert Todd is the Program Assistant (part-time) for the American Sign Language Interpreting Program and is primarily responsible for providing administrative support for the Program Director and the Program’s Faculty. Mr. Todd graduated from Gallaudet University in 2015 with a B.A. in Sociology and received the Wright’s Mills Award in Sociology. He previously worked as a High School ASL Teacher for Fort Bend Independent School District with additional previous experience in Deaf Education support. He is currently pursuing a Post-Baccalaureate in Philosophy at the University of Houston.
Jessica Zoll, Program Advisor
Jessica Zoll graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. She moved to Pensacola, Florida after graduation and began her career working in higher education. She worked as an Admissions Counselor at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama and then went on to work as an Academic Advisor at Pensacola State College. She has worked extensively with first time in college students as well as non-traditional students. In her spare time she loves walking her dog Samson, reading, and cooking new recipes.