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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

Education

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

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

Biography

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.

Awards

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

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

Affiliations

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. 

Wessling
Contact Information

Building 57, Room 3521

(904) 620-5200

dawn.m.wessling@unf.edu


Office Hours

Monday & Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 pm