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.