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Daniel Maffia, a lecturer in the Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education, is co-author of a recently published book titled, "Introduction to VRS Interpreting: A Curriculum Gude." The curriculum guide provides educators with a valuable tool for teaching interpreting students about work in video relay service (VRS) and video remote interpreting (VRI) settings.The curriculum guide also gives readers access to a host of online tools, including additional curriculum information, as well as downloadable lesson plans and slideshow presentations.

All proceeds from the sale of this curriculum are donated to non-profit organizations or charities that benefit the Deaf community.

Christine Monikowski, professor in NTID's Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education, presented her work on Linguistics Courses in Interpreting Education Programs in Europe at the second International Symposium on Signed Language Interpretation and Translation Research at Gallaudet University March 31-April 2, 2017. This collaboration, with Lorraine Leeson from Trinity College Dublin and Tobias Haug from Interkantonale Hochschule für Heilpädagogik Zurich, is a result of her research fellowship at Trinity College Dublin in June 2016.

More than 25 national and local companies and agencies from across the United States searching for skilled interpreters were represented at the second annual Student Interpreting Association Career/Resource Fair held on April 12, 2017 at NTID. Nearly 100 students, faculty and community members attended the career/resource fair that was co-sponsored by NTID’s Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education.

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Robyn Dean, assistant professor in the Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education, received a grant titled, "Introducing Translation and Interpreting Studies for Global Collboaration." The grant was one of nine exploration grants chosen to provide seed funds for faculty to investigate an innovative mode or model of teaching and learning in terms of its potential to positively impact student outcomes and the student experience at RIT. 

Each year, RIT launches the Faculty Scholarship Report to reflect on the previous year’s successes and to showcase RIT's valued faculty members whose research efforts continue to promote innovation, collaboration and discovery. The 2016 report marks yet another year of continued growth, with over 1,900 scholarly works included. This year’s report also places a specific emphasis on featuring a select group of outstanding faculty and the contributions they have made to their field, their students and their community.

NTID is proud to have the work of ASLIE professor Dr. Joseph Hill featured in the 2016 Faculty Scholarship Report.

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Hill earned a bachelor’s degree in systems analysis from Miami University of Ohio, and went on to earn his master’s degree and doctorate in American Sign Language linguistics from Gallaudet University. In 2008, he was named a Fulbright Scholar, and held a National Science Foundation Fellowship 2003-2006.

He is a member of the Linguistic Society of America, National Association of the Deaf, National Black Deaf Advocates and the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Language, among others. He has presented at conferences throughout the United States and internationally, and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles. He previously taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Siena School for Liberal Arts in Siena, Italy and at Gallaudet.