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Department Scholarship

The Department of ASL & Interpreting Studies is dedicated to supporting the fields of American Sign Language (ASL) instruction and interpreting beyond just academic degrees. ASLIS lists the research, scholarship, and creative works (RSCW) of past and present faculty, staff, and contributors. The names of ASLIS faculty, staff, and contributors is bolded.

In September 2022, eleven ASLIS leaders, faculty, staff members, and contributors from several ASLIS programs and grant projects presented at the National Conference of Interpreter Trainers. Read More!

Current RSCW 

Ballentine, P.M., & Ballentine, C. (2022). Structuring Space and Message Coherence. [Conference Presentation] Colorado Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Golden, CO.

Ballentine, P.M., & Garrett, B.D. (2022). Pay equity in interpreter and ASL education [Conference Presentation]. Conference of the Interpreter Trainers, King of Prussia, PA.

Ballentine, P.M., Garrett, B.D., Faltinson, S, & Stricklen, M. (2022). Enhancing language proficiency in today's interpreting student: A model of collaboration between a traditional two-year ITP and a four-year bachelor's degree interpreting program. [Conference Presentation] Conference of the Interpreter Trainers, King of Prussia, PA.

Ballentine, P.M., & Harrer, K. (2022). Colorado wants YOU to be a Deaf Interpreter! Deaf Interpreter Forum. [Conference Presentation] Colorado Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Golden, CO.

Decker, K., & Hardesty, S. (2022). UNC-IRIS Project: Blooming in rural America [Conference Presentation]. Conference of the Interpreter Trainers, King of Prussia, PA.

Garrett, B. D., Girardin, E. G., Weirick, W., & Fisher, C. (2022). The current status of ASL English interpreting programs in the United States. [Conference Presentation]. Conference of the Interpreter Trainers, King of Prussia, PA.

Girardin, E. G., Stein, K., & O’Bleness, A. (2022). Preparing school Interpreters (PSI) project: Redesigning educational interpreting curricula to reflect an interdisciplinary lens. [Conference Presentation]. Conference of the Interpreter Trainers, King of Prussia, PA.

Hardesty, S., Decker, K., Williamson, A.,West Oyedele, E. (2022). Reflecting on UNC-Project CLIMB: Lessons learned [Conference Presentation]. Conference of the Interpreter Trainers, King of Prussia, PA.

Johnson, L., Taylor, M.M., Schick, B., Brown, S., Bolster, L., & Girardin, E. (In Press). Complexities in educational interpreting: A pattern of practice investigation (2nd Edition). Edmonton, Alberta: Interpreting Consolidated.

Kroll, A. & Girardin, E.G. (2022). Timeless principles and changing times: An evolving perspective on the Entry-to-Practice Competencies. [Conference Presentation]. Conference of the Interpreter Trainers, King of Prussia, PA.

Leffler, B.W., Willman, E.C., Cohen, B.C., Metcalf, H.V., Ballentine, P.M., & Greene, A.N. (2022). Unfreezing literature: Spinning the lenses. Journal of American Sign Languages and Literatures. https://journalofasl.com/unfreezing-literature/

Witter-Merithew, A., Taylor, M.M., Johnson, L., & Bonni, E. (2022). Deaf language mntoring: Case studies, outcomes, and looking forward. In L. Swabey and R. E. Herring (Eds.), Insights & Innovations in Signed Language Interpreting Pedagogy: Forty Years of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers. Gallaudet University Press.

Archived RSCW

Note: The 2020 Conference of Interpreter Trainers was canceled due to COVID. Conference Presentation Abstracts of selected presentations and poster sessions are provided below. 

Brown, S. & Spainhour, S.Z. (2019, July). NAIE: Professional guidelines for interpreting in an educational setting[Conference Presentation]. Conference of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Providence, Rhode Island.https://rid.org/class/naie-professional-guidelines-for-interpreting-in-an-educational-setting/

Carlson, B., & Witter-Merithew, A. (2005). Beacons of light in a sea of dreams: Celebrating the achievements & potential of our organization [Conference Presentation]. Conference of the Interpreter Trainers.

Gamache, K.E. Jr. (2018). Investigating the impact of ASL proficiency levels on ASL-English interpretation (Publication number: 11012623). [Doctoral dissertation, Gallaudet University]. ProQuest.

Garrett, B. D. & Girardin, E. G. (2018, November). Comparing the ASL competency of applicants: Readiness for 4-year ASL English interpretation program entry. Conference of Interpreter Trainers, Salt Lake City, Utah. https://cit-asl.org/proceedings/

Garrett, B.D. & Girardin, E.G. (2019). American Sign Language competency: Comparing student readiness for entry into a four-year interpreter degree program. International Journal of Interpreter Education, 11(1). https://cit-asl.org/american-sign-language-competency/

Garrett, B. D. & Girardin, E. G. (2019, July). Results of ASL expressive competency research and its implications for interpreters working in education [Conference Presentation]. Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Providence, Rhode Island.https://rid.org/class/results-of-asl-expressive-competency-research/

Garrett, B.D., & Girardin, E.G. (2020). Embracing the next generation of interpreters: A call to action for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Journal of Interpretation, 28(2), Article 2. https://digitalcommons.unf.edu/joi/vol28/iss2/2 

Garrett, B.D., Girardin, E.G., & Weirick, W. (2020). The current state of ASL-English interpreting programs: What do the numbers show?[Conference Presentation Abstract]. Conference of Interpreter Trainers, Minneapolis, Minnesota. https://cit-asl.org/the-current-state-of-asl-english-interpreting-programs-what-do-the-numbers-show/

Garrett, B.D., Krouse, L, Brown, S., & Ballentine, P. (2020). Colorado Rural Interpreting Service Project: Certification readiness training [Conference Presentation Abstract]. Conference of Interpreter Trainers, Minneapolis, Minnesota. https://cit-asl.org/colorado-rural-interpreting-service-project-certification-readiness-training/

Hardesty, S. & Decker, K. (2020). CLIMBing in: Equity, inclusion and representation in legal interpreter education (Cultivating Legal Interpreters from Minority Backgrounds) [Conference Presentation Abstract]. Conference of Interpreter Trainers, Minneapolis, Minnesota. https://cit-asl.org/climbing-in-equity-inclusion-and-representation-in-legal-interpreter-education/

Johnson, L.J., Taylor, M.M., Schick, B., Brown, S., & Bolster, L. (2015). Patterns of practice: Current research on K-12 interpreting [Conference Presentation]. Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

Johnson, L.J., Taylor, M.M., Schick, B., Brown, S., & Bolster, L. (2018). Complexities in educational interpreting: An investigation into patterns of practice. Interpreting Consolidated.

Johnson, L.J., Taylor, M.M., & Witter-Merithew, A. (2007). Video relay services interpreting task analysis report [Conference Presentation]. Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

Johnson, L., & Witter-Merithew, A. (2004). Interpreting skills acquired at a distance: Results of a data-driven study. Journal of Interpretation, 2004, 95-119. https://sites.google.com/site/ridpublicationsproject/home/journal-of-interpretation/joi-2004

Multra Kraft, C., Shird, C., McMillan, V., Popoff, B., West Oyedele, E., & Williamson, A. (2020). Mentoring special populations: Seeking the essential elements [Conference Presentation Abstract]. Conference of Interpreter Trainers, Minneapolis, Minnesota. https://cit-asl.org/mentoring-special-populations/

Russell, D., Williamson, A., & Hayes, J. (2020). Transforming perspectives on interpreting in K-12 settings: Key learnings from an intervention study [Conference Presentation Abstract]. Conference of Interpreter Trainers, Minneapolis, Minnesota. https://cit-asl.org/transforming-perspectives-on-interpreting-in-k-12-settings-key-learnings-from-an-intervention-study/

Stewart, K. (2018, November). To accept or decline the assignment: Results from an early research study in Sign Language Interpreter ethical decision-making [Poster Presentation]. Conference of Interpreter Trainers, Salt Lake City, Utah. https://cit-asl.org/proceedings/

Stewart, K.L. & Hill, E. (2020). Mission possible or impossible? Racial equity in the ITP [Conference Presentation Abstract]. Conference of Interpreter Trainers, Minneapolis, Minnesota. https://cit-asl.org/mission-possible-or-impossible-racial-equity-in-the-itp/

UNC-Distance Opportunities for Interpreter Training Center. (n.d.). Entry-to-Practice Competencies for ASL/English interpreters [Brochure]. https://www.unco.edu/cebs/asl-interpreting/pdf/scholarship/entry-to-practice-competencies.pdf

UNC-Distance Opportunities for Interpreter Training Center. (2005). Video relay services interpreting task analysis report [Report]. https://www.unco.edu/cebs/asl-interpreting/pdf/scholarship/vrs-task-analysis-report.pdf

UNC-Distance Opportunities for Interpreter Training Center. (2007). K-12 legislative trends [Conference Presentation]. Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

Williamson, A.C. (2020). Deaf students’ experience of engagement in a mediated education: It is what it is (Publication number: 28257482). [Doctoral dissertation, Gallaudet University]. ProQuest. https://www.proquest.com/docview/2469526867?pq-origsite=gscholar&fromopenview=true

Witter-Merithew, A. (n.d.). Content mapping: A text analysis and mnemonic tool for Interpreters [Class handout]. University of Northern Colorado, EDI 124 / 131. https://www.unco.edu/cebs/asl-interpreting/pdf/scholarship/content-mapping.pdf

Witter-Merithew, A. (n.d.). Understanding the meaning of texts and reinforcing foundation skills through discourse analysis. [Conference Proceedings]. Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, 2001, Orlando, FL. (Original work published 2002). https://www.unco.edu/cebs/asl-interpreting/pdf/scholarship/meaning-of-texts.pdf

Witter-Merithew, A. (2001). Feedback: A conversation about ‘the work’ between learners and colleagues [Class handout]. University of Northern Colorado. https://www.unco.edu/cebs/asl-interpreting/pdf/scholarship/feedback-conversation-about-the-work.pdf

Witter-Merithew, A. (Guest). (2012, November 15). Talk of the Nation (Host N. Conan) - Sign language: It's not just about the hands[Radio broadcast episode]. https://www.npr.org/2012/11/15/165218742/sign-language-its-not-just-about-the-hands

Witter-Merithew, A. & Johnson, L. (2005). Toward Competent Practice: Conversations with Stakeholders. Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

Witter-Merithew, A. & Johnson, L. (2005). Toward Competent Practice: Conversations with Stakeholders [Conference Presentation]. Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

Witter-Merithew, A. & Johnson, L. (2007). Curricular trends in baccalaureate level interpreter education [Conference Presentation]. Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

Witter-Merithew, A., Taylor, M., & Johnson, L. (2001). Guided self-assessment and professional development planning: A model applied to interpreters in educational settings [Conference Proceedings]. Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, 2001, Orlando, FL. https://www.unco.edu/cebs/asl-interpreting/pdf/scholarship/guided-self-assessment-educational.pdf

Witter-Merithew, A., & Johnson, L. (2004). Market disorder within the field of sign language interpreting: Professionalization implications. Journal of Interpretation, 2004, 95-119. https://sites.google.com/site/ridpublicationsproject/home/journal-of-interpretation/joi-2004