Photo of Mary High

Dr. Mary J. High

Associate Professor of American Sign Language
Director of the ASL Program


  • B.A., Mars Hill College
  • M. Div., Th.M., Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


Dr. High joined the Gardner-Webb faculty in 2000. She is an Associate Professor of ASL, in the World Languages, Literature and Cultures Department. She received her B.S. from  Mars Hill College, certification to teach the Hearing Impaired from Lenoir Rhyne College, Interpreter training from Gallaudet University and her M.Div., Th.M. and Ph.D., from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. High’s dissertation is entitled “A Visual Hermeneutic: The Contribution of Sign Language Studies to Biblical Interpretation.” She has worked with Deaf people for approximately 35 years as a Teacher, Chaplain, Home Missionary, Coordinator of a Deaf Program in a Bible College as well as a professional interpreter. She currently is an Associate Professor of ASL at Gardner-Webb University. She is actively involved in a variety of professional organizations related to teaching ASL, interpreting and the training of interpreters. She has taught workshops in many states across the country and has written for the Deaf Sunday School Teacher’s Quarterly and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Dr. High has achieved the Masters Certificate in Interpreting from the National Association of the Deaf, the Certificate of Transliteration from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and holds both the Interpreting Certificate and Transliterating Certificate from RID under their old test. She has also passed the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview at the Superior Level. She is certified by the American Sign Language Teachers Association at the Professional Level and is a Sign Communication Proficiency Interview Evaluator.