Veteran sign-linguist joins Troy University faculty

Posted: Monday, 24 August 2009

TROY—Troy University officials have announced the appointment of a director for its new Interpreter Training Program.

A veteran of the sign language interpreting field, Lynne Wiesman has joined the College of Education’s faculty as program director. She is the founder of Signs of Development, a professional development organization that provides distance mentoring, workshops and training on all aspects of interpreting.

“In these extremely challenging economic times, sign language interpreting has proven to be a relatively recession-proof industry as interpreters are in increasing demand in business, education, legal, medical and mental health settings,” Wiesman said. “Troy University has answered the call to meet the increasing demands by implementing a bachelors of science in interpreting to educate students in a very challenging yet very rewarding field.”

After earning an associates degree from Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf in Big Spring, Texas, Wiesman earned both a bachelors 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.

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 University is pleased to attract an interpreting educator who is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading authority in the field,” said Dr. Lance Tatum, dean of the College of Education. “Her experience spans many aspects of the profession.”

In October 2007, Gov. Bob Riley and TROY Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. announced a partnership between the State Department of Education, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Alabama Department of Mental Health and the University to offer the state’s first bachelor of science degree in education with a comprehensive program in interpreting. Eventually to be established will be the University’s Center of Deafness. A $250,000 grant from the SDE, matched by $250,000 by the University, is being used to implement the program.

For more information regarding the Interpreter Training Program, contact Wiesman at 334-670-3361(334) 670-3361 or via email at