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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.

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.

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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.