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Dissertation Defense for Amy Williamson

To: Students, Faculty and Staff
From: Gaurav Mathur, Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School
Re: Dissertation Defense for Amy Williamson

It is my pleasure to announce that Amy Clara Williamson, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Interpretation and Translation, will defend her dissertation on “Deaf Students’ experience of engagement in a mediated education: It is what it is” on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The first forty minutes of the dissertation defense are open to the Gallaudet community via a live webinar.  Register here to attend. 

The purpose of Ms. Williamson’s study was to gain insights into and greater understanding of the perceived impacts of the policy and practice of educational interpreters on the school engagement experiences of deaf signing youth. A multimethod approach to data gathering led to a review of archives, inventory of documents, public records, observations, and interviews to trace the actor networks across scales from macro to micro. Through interviews and observations of three deaf of deaf high school students who experience both direct and mediated instruction, the perceptions of school engagement were examined. Deaf student participants in this study exhibited a resigned, fatalistic, ‘it is, what it is’ perspective on the educational interpreting services they receive in their mainstream classes; however, they chose to remain in their respective settings in order to be exposed to the hearing world. Findings indicate that the policy and practice of educational interpreters does not support the full educational engagement of signing deaf students in mediated classrooms.

The members of Ms. Williamson’s dissertation committee are Dr. Keith M. Cagle, Department of ASL and Interpreting Education, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, chair of the dissertation committee; Dr. Steven D. Collins, Department of Interpretation and Translation; Tawny Holmes, Esq., Department of ASL and Deaf Studies; Dr. Christina Yuknis, Department of Education; Dr. Gina Oliva, Department of Physical Education and Recreation (retired); and Dr. Debra Russell, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Alberta. 

Ms. Williamson is the Director of Academic Programs at Sorenson Communications and Director of Administration for Project CLIMB: Cultivating Legal Interpreters from Minority Backgrounds at the University of Northern Colorado Department of ASL and Interpreting Studies. She holds a master’s degree in Interpreting Studies from Western Oregon University and has been a professional American Sign Language-English interpreter since 1990. Her primary research focus has been interpreters in K-12 educational settings and interpreters who are like her, a Coda, with at least one signing, deaf parent.

Please join me in extending best wishes to Amy Williamson for her dissertation defense. 

Posted by Elizabeth Gibbons | Posted November 13, 2020 at 1:02 PM

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