Department of
ASL - English Interpretation

K. Crom Saunders

Title: Assistant Professor

Phone: 312.369.7837

Email: ksaunders@colum.edu

Office: 33 E. Congress, Room 401

Bio

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PHOTO BY LINDSAY KOEDYKER (BA '13)

K. Crom Saunders is Assistant Professor in the Department of ASL-English Interpretation at Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches a number of ASL Linguistics, Deaf Studies and Interpreting courses.

Saunders began working at Columbia in the Fall of 2009. He holds an MA degree in Creative Writing from California State University, Sacramento (2002). He earned his BA in English from California State University, Northridge (1996). Saunders is actively developing a body of research based on the representation of Deaf people in the media, and how this ties in with the history and current development of ASL and Deaf culture.

Prior to joining the Department of ASL-English Interpretation at Columbia, Saunders taught a variety ASL and ASL-English Interpretation courses at the University of Pittsburgh (2007-2009) and at the University of San Francisco (2007). Since joining Columbia College Chicago, he has helped to further develop the curriculum in the Department of ASL-English Interpretation so that students have a stronger foundation for not only their capstone courses, but also their careers as interpreters. 

Education

  • BA, Creative Writing, California State University
  • MA, Creative Writing, California State University

Courses Taught

  • “Deaf Culture”
  • “Advanced ASL”
  • “ASL 3”
  • “ASL 1”
  • “ASL Literature”

Areas of Interest

  • Deaf representations in media
  • Lingusitics
  • World sign languages
  • Travel
  • Cinema

Professional Work

“What the %$#@! Did You Just Sign,” Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Region III Conference, Lisle, IL, July 2012.

“Creating Classifiers,” Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Region IV Conference, Denver, CO, August 2012.