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Paul Harrelson

Department of Interpretation & Translation

Paul Harrelson

Phone Numbers

202-651-5492 (V)



Hall Memorial Building 1417

Paul Harrelson has taught in the Department of Interpretation and Translation since 2009 and has been a faculty member since 2013. Prior to joining the department he was a full time American Sign Language/English interpreter in private practice since 1993. He came to Gallaudet University originally to work at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf and while there discovered a love of theatre, volunteering and later working with the performing arts program in various capacities. Later he became Director of Quest Productions and Associate Producer of the Deaf Way II International Arts Festival.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Gallaudet University, a Certificate in Sculpture and Ceramics from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Interpretation at Gallaudet University anticipating completing his dissertation in 2018. Nationally certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (CI/CT, 1996-2008 and NIC-A, 2009-present), he interprets in a wide variety of settings including legal, education, government, and business in both the United States and abroad.

Paul Harrelson teaches undergraduate field experience courses including Discourse and Field Applications I, Discourse and Field Observation II, and Senior Internship. He also teaches Interpreting Business and Government Discourse, a course in the graduate program.

Paul Harrelson is the Department of Interpretation and Translation undergraduate field experience coordinator. He recruits interpreter mentors for students taking Discourse and Field Applications I and Discourse and Field Observation II and cultivates internship placement sites for students taking Senior Internship. Along with Dr. Danielle Hunt, he supervises the department pro bono interpreting service. In this capacity they evaluate requests for pro bono interpreting opportunities for appropriateness and supervise the dissemination to qualified groups of interpreting students as well as develop policies and procedures for the ethical and educationally appropriate use of students in pro bono interpreting interactions both on campus and in the community. As an undergraduate major advisor he advises students about course selection and progress through their interpretation major.

In 2007, he completed a three-year term as a Senator on the Gallaudet University Faculty Senate. During his term he was a member of the Executive Committee and the faculty representative to the Academic Affairs Management Team.


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002