Lecturer, Deaf Studies
Calvin Farley began his career in post-secondary education in 2012 as a mentor serving college students who majored in interpreting as their future careers at Maryville College. Farley earned a bachelor’s degree in digital media: visualization from East Tennessee State University which tremendously benefits him as a mentor and instructor. During his two years as a mentor, he gained experience and skills in serving students who seek to be better signers and translators of English to American Sign Language (ASL) and vice versa.
While mentoring, he developed an additional passion in ASL - education that benefits students’ acquisition in and development of teaching skills. He returned to the University of Tennessee to earn a master’s degree in teacher education (ASL) in 2016.
Farley has worked as a full-time lecturer of the Deaf Studies program since 2017. He is the moderator of ASL POP which brings ASL students to the Deaf community and which also offers Deaf-led & ASL events in East Tennessee. He also serves an advisor of the student organization Deaf-Hearing Alliance. He serves as a speaker, and has presented at various seminars and workshops across the United States, Canada, and Hong Kong. He is a quite witty individual, collector of Pokémon, Star Wars, and Jeff Gordon memorabilia, as well as bad jokes, and books. He enjoys being an annoyed husband, an amusing father, a slowpoke-hiker, and is obsessed with playing chess, video games, and the online game “League of Legends”.