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Surrency, Steven, M.A., Ph.D., CI & CT; SC:L

Professor of Instruction

Phone: 813.974.6204
Office: PCD 4021D

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Doctor Surrency serves as a Professor of instruction, as the Coordinator of Global Issues for CSD, and as an active member of USF Faculty Senate. Aside from these roles, he is a linguist interested in the interaction between language, culture, and interpretation. His areas of specialization include hermeneutics, linguistic stigmatization, cultural problems in interpretation, and ethical dilemmas for both spoken and sign-language interpretation. He is particularly interested in international issues in interpretation. In addition to his work at the University of South Florida, he is an accredited International-Sign interpreter by the World Federation of the Deaf and the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters, working at the United Nations and in other high-level international venues. Outside of his work in the university, he enjoys time with his family, traveling Europe, and cooking.

PHD of Philosophy and Religion USF 2015
Masters of Philosophy USF 2015
Masters of Linguistics USF 2005
Bachelors of Social Science USF 2003


  • Culture and Diversity in Communication Sciences
  • Language Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • General Linguistics
  • Linguistic and Cognitive Processing
  • Translation
  • Simultaneous Interpretation


Recent Scholarly Activity 

  • “Collaboration between Deaf and Hearing Instructors in Educational Settings,” World Association of Sign Language Interpreters, Paris, France. 2019.
  • “Advancing the Scholarship and Practice of Teaching and Learning Science in CSD,” Annual Convention. American Speech and Hearing Association. Boston, MA. 2019.
  • Culture and Diversity in CSD.Tophat Publishing. Toronto, Ontario 2018
  • “From Parental Option to Parental Obligation: Sign Language as a Birthright.”3rd International Conference of World Federation of the Deaf. Budapest, HU 2017.
  • “Public Perceptions of Sign Language Interpreting on Social Media,” Gallaudet International Sign Language Interpreting Research Symposium. Washington, DC 2017.
  • “World Citizens: Considerations for Sign Language Interpreters Abroad.” Street Leverage. Washington, D.C. December 2017. 2018
  • “The Instructor as Curator.” Faculty Voices. Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence, USF. April, 2017.
  • “Prescriptivism and Descriptivism in American Sign Language.” Street Leverage. Washington, D.C. November, 2015.
  • Surrency, S. “Deafheart: Considerations from the Social Sciences.” FRID Conference, Orlando. October, 2014.
  • Bonni, B, Smith, A & Surrency, S (Forthcoming). Foundations of American Sign Language: Course 3. Kendall Hunt. Dubuque.
  • Smith, A & Surrency, S (2014). Foundations of American Sign Language: Course 2. Kendall Hunt. Dubuque.
  • Smith, A & Surrency, S (2014). Foundations of American Sign Language. Kendall Hunt. Dubuque.
  • Smith, A., & Surrency, S. (2012). Massachusetts Front Porch Study: CSA at Walden School, Framingham. Tampa, FL: University of South Florida, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, Dept. of Child and Family Studies, College of Behavioral and Community Science
  • Surrency, S. “Culture and Customization.” RID Views. Washington, D.C. January, 2012