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Christine Monikowski, a professor of sign language interpreting education at RIT/NTID, has published a compilation of best practices based on conversations with fellow educators.            

In “Conversations with Interpreter Educators,” Monikowski assembled a group of 17 professors in the field of sign language interpretation. Through individual interviews, Monikowski engaged them in informal conversations about their teaching experiences and the professional publications that have influenced their teaching philosophies.

“The idea for this book has been in my thoughts for a long time,” Monikowski said. “I have always enjoyed talking with colleagues about their best teaching practices and have searched for the reasons why and how those practices evolved. I want to show how we can bring valuable research into the classroom and show students the value of scholarly publications. I conducted the interviews with colleagues who all are master teachers from my perspective. I hope to take the excitement, energy and, dare I say, passion of each contributor and convey that to the reader.”

Published by Gallaudet University Press, Monikowski’s conversations offer evidence-based practices that are designed to inform and inspire fellow educators.

Veronika Talbott holding award.

Veronika Talbott, counselor and academic advisor in the NTID Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education, received the 2016 Provost Award for Excellence in Academic Advising. Developed and implemented by the University Advising Office and the RIT Advisors’ Council, this award recognizes exceptional academic advisors for their outstanding support of RIT students and their success.  

RIT/NTID interpreting students Elizabeth MacLaren and Jonathan Roman are two of the winners of the 2016 RIT Leadership Awards.The awards are given to nominated students who possess high leadership qualities, help advance college life on campus or in the community, help to build bridges for their peers and, in some cases, overcome personal hardships. More.

More than 25 national and local companies and agencies attended the first annual NTID Interpreter Career Fair held on April 6, 2016. The fair was hosted by the NTID Student Interpreter Association, and was a great opportunity for students to network with potential employers.

Robyn K. Dean is a new faculty member in NTID’s American Sign Language and Interpreting Education Department.

Dean earned a bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language Interpreting at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Theological Studies from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester. Recently, Dean completed her Ph.D. in Translation & Interpreting Studies at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Her responsibilities at RIT/NTID include providing classroom instruction to students in NTID’s ASLIE Department and co-developing curriculum for the college’s master’s degree program in Health Care Interpreting.

Dean served as a consultant for an ethical code developed for interpreters working on field missions for the International Criminal Court of the United Nations and as a member of the review board of the International Journal of Interpreter Education, among others.

Dean has published numerous journal articles, co-authored books, worked on films and has developed curriculum for courses nationally and internationally. She is a sought-after workshop and conference presenter throughout the United States and internationally.