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Jason Hurdich, M.Ed.; CDI (RID Certified Deaf Interpreter)

Jason Hurdich, M.Ed.; CDI (RID Certified Deaf Interpreter)

Senior Lecturer of American Sign Language (ASL)

Contact
Department of Languages
Office: 361C Humanities Hall
Email: jhurdic@g.clemson.edu

Education
M.Ed. Signed Language Interpretation, University of North Florida (2013); B.A. Political Science, Boston University (1997)

Curriculum Vitae


 

Courses
American Sign Language, American Deaf Culture, and Signed Language Interpreting

Jason Hurdich (Name Sign: J.H.), a Deaf native ASL signer, hails from New York City, the Big Apple. He attended the Lexington School for the Deaf. For twenty-eight years, Professor Hurdich has taught college-level ASL and Signed Language Interpretation classes at several colleges and universities. Professor Hurdich received his B.A. degree in Political Science at Boston University. Professor Hurdich received the Master of Education degree in Signed Language Interpretation from the University of North Florida (UNF) in 2013 as the first Deaf graduate from the program. Professor Hurdich is a Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf (RID) Certified Deaf Interpreter since 2013; he has been interpreting professionally for twenty years as a DI. Professor Hurdich has been active in the interpreting field as a pupil for over twenty years, going back to the mid-1990s while he was a student in Boston. Professor Hurdich was the first-ever Lead Call Center Manager of Spanish VRS services in U.S. history via ASL Services, Inc. They then contracted with Hands-On VRS (HOVRS- preceding becoming Purple Communications today). He supervised two call centers in Florida and Puerto Rico, where he could train and worked with several trilingual and ASL-English interpreters and Deaf managers. He also was the Professional Development Coordinator for ASL Services, Inc. during the early 2000s supervising and mentoring interns from different colleges and universities. In his other career, he has worked as a researcher for almost ten years as a team leader of Sign Language Projects for Vcom3D, Inc., a research firm developing signing avatars. Professor Hurdich was responsible as a scientist for creating STEM content material in American Sign Language. Professor Hurdich, as a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator, has written over six million dollars worth of federal and state grants focusing on improving STEM and literacy knowledge among Deaf and Hard of Hearing K-12 children and post-secondary settings. In 1996, he received the Boston’s Citizen Award: “For Outstanding Contributions towards the Quality of Life for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing youth; and Promoting Deaf Awareness in the City of Boston,” Presented by now-deceased Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Professor Hurdich has been awarded the 2017 Marie Griffin Interpreter of the Year Award by Southeast Regional Institute on Deafness, the first Deaf interpreter to win the award. Professor Hurdich was named the 2021 Palmetto Goodwill (South Carolina) State Champion for his work on behalf of individuals with disabilities, including the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community, by empowering them to overcome employment barriers. Throughout Professor Hurdich’s career, he has been fortunate to have worked with numerous Deaf and hearing mentors that have guided his career from the early 1990s to today. Without these individuals, he would not be here. Professor Hurdich is the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID), serving a 2021-2024 term. RID is the only national accreditation and certifying organization of signed language interpreters in the United States. Professor Hurdich is currently a Senior Lecturer of American Sign Language at Clemson University. He currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina, a charming city in Upstate South Carolina that everyone must visit someday. Professor Hurdich enjoys watching college sports as an avid fan. Go Tigers! During off time, Professor Hurdich enjoys checking out local coffee shops in Greenville and Western North Carolina, especially Asheville. He enjoys creating social media content as a creator on TikTok and Instagram.

Awards
1996 Boston's Citizen Award: "For Outstanding Contributions towards the Quality of Life for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing youth; and Promoting Deaf Awareness in the City of Boston," 2017 Marie Griffin Interpreter of the Year Award by Southeast Regional Institute on Deafness, the first Deaf interpreter to win the award. 2021 Palmetto Goodwill (South Carolina) State Champion.





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