TROY interpreter training director appointed to national board

Posted: Monday, 07 March 2011

TROY—Troy University’s director of Interpreter Training has been appointed to the board of directors of the national Conference of Interpreter Trainers.

Lynne Wiesman, an associate professor who heads TROY’s program, will fill the position of Director of Communication and Technology for the group that advocates standards of practice in both pre- and in-service educating for Sign Language interpreters.

“Lynne is an outstanding interpreter and provides great leadership to her profession, both at the state and national levels,” said College of Education Dean Lance Tatum. “Lynne’s experience with distance learning technology will serve her well in her appointment as the Director of Communication and Technology.”

CIT’s mission is to encourage interpreter educators, which includes American Sign Language and interpreting instructors, mentors, and presenters, to provide the highest quality instruction possible in ASL and interpreting courses, with the recognition that fluency in ASL is a critical precursor to interpreting education.

Wiesman joined the University’s faculty in 2009. She is the founder of Signs of Development, a professional development organization that provides distance mentoring, workshops and training on all aspects of interpreting.

After earning an associate degree from Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf in Big Spring, Texas, Wiesman earned both a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and a master of business administration degree from Maryville University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in training and performance improvement. She holds certifications from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and holds Court Interpreter Certification from the State of Texas and the National RID.

She has been central in the effort to develop and administer certification processes for community and educational interpreters, and in developing sustainable mentoring programs in the United States.

TROY’s Interpreter Training Program was established in 2007 by a partnership between the University and the State Department of Education, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, and the Alabama Department of Mental Health to offer the state’s first bachelor of science degree in education with a comprehensive program in interpreting.

Duke said she first became aware of the concept of disability at age 12 when she was asked to play Helen Keller during the Broadway production of “The Miracle Worker.” She recalled connecting with Keller’s sense of frustration as she tried to prepare for the role.

For more information about the program, visit the ITP web page at http://troy.troy.edu/education/itpindex.html or email itp@troy.edu.