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Dawn M Wessling

Associate Instructor | NIC Master

Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education | College of Education & Human Services

Areas of Expertise

Signed Language Interpreting, Online Course Development


Bachelor of Science (Psychology), University of Maryland, University College

Master of Education (Special Education), University of North Florida. 


I have been working as a signed language interpreter for over 25 years and have been teaching interpreting and related topics in academic and workshop settings for 20+ years. I learned American Sign Language from the Deaf community while I was on active duty in the United States Navy and continue to have strong ties to the community. I serve as an associate instructor and the staff interpreter for the College of Education and Human Services. I received my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, University College, Europe in 2006 and I am a graduate of the University of North Florida with a Master of Education with a concentration in ASL/English Interpreting (Class of 2012-#SWOOP). My research interests include cognition in natural ASL discourse versus interpreted discourse, interpreted emotional utterances, spoken English accent, and language policy in interpreter education. I have published studies and presented on research regarding language modality in interpreter education, video relay service interpreting, and language shaming in interpreter education in the US and Europe. I am a doctoral candidate at Gallaudet University in my dissertation proposal phase. I am a veteran of the United States Navy, the wife of a retired sailor, and a native of New Jersey. My hobbies include cooking, creative arts, reading Stephen King works and all things geek-related.


Outstanding Graduate Student (Spring 2012), American Sign Language/Interpreting program

Presidential Scholar, Gallaudet University (March 2017; April 2018). 


Member, National Association of the Deaf

Member, National Alliance of Black Interpreters, DC Chapter

Member, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

Member, Conference of Interpreter Trainers


Publications & Presentations

Ehrlich, S., & Wessling, D.M. (2018) Modality of instruction in interpreter education: An exploration of policy. Sign Language Studies, 19(2), 225-239.

Webb, S., Ehrlich, S., & Wessling, D.M. (2018). Where in the world are we going as interpreter educators? Developing short term educational study abroad programs for linguistic and cultural exchange. Conference of Interpreter Trainers – 2018 Biennial Conference. 120-134.

Wessling, D.M., & Shaw, S. (2014). Persistent Emotional Extremes in Video Relay Service Interpreters. Journal of Interpretation, 13(1), Article 6

Please review my CV for a complete list of publications and presentations. 

Contact Information

Building 57, Room 3521

(904) 620-5200

Office Hours

Monday & Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 pm