Happy New Year from the National Consortium!
Here is information on opportunities relevant to interpreting educators and mentors coming up in the first months of 2014!

Journal of Undergraduate Interpreting Studies:

The National Interpreter Education Center (NIEC) is proud to announce the launch of the 2013 issue of the Journal of Undergraduate Interpreting Studies.  The issue this year includes two articles:  “Gender Variation in Sign Production by Users of American Sign Language” by Heather Hamilton and “The Effect of Work Experience on Interpreting in Mental Health Settings” by Cenée Dawkins.  Both articles are outstanding examples of original research projects undertaken by interpreting education students at the undergraduate level.
On December 2, the NIEC offered a webinar featuring the contributors to the 2013 issue and their faculty advisors.  The discussion of the experience of undergraduate students conducting research, how their programs supported their efforts, and how the resulting research studies are of value across all interpreting education program curricula received positive feedback from viewers. We encourage IEP faculty and administrators to watch the archived presentation on the NCRTM website at: https://ncrtm.org/moodle/mod/page/view.php?id=5036.
Solicitation for the next issue will begin in early 2014 and the submission deadline is April 30th.  For more information about the eligibility criteria and submission process, visit our website.
Visit the journal at: http://www.northeastern.edu/juis/journal
If you are interested in establishing an undergraduate interpreting research component at your institution and would benefit from technical assistance, please contact the National Interpreter Education Center at niec@neu.edu.

 Webinars in February 2014:

The NIEC will offer two informational webinars in February 2014. We hope you will join us:

Field-based Induction: A Pathway Toward Specialized Competence in Healthcare and Legal Interpreting

February 3, 2014, 4:00 p.m. Eastern
Registration Link:  https://ncrtm.org/moodle/mod/page/view.php?id=5071
NCIEC needs assessment findings demonstrate an extremely high need for interpreter development in healthcare and legal settings. In response, the NCIEC will expand its offerings in these areas to include opportunities for field-based induction. Such opportunities will provide supervised work experience for working interpreters who have training and some work experience in one of these settings, but who desire and would benefit from direct and supervised work experience to deepen their competence in these areas of specialization.
The field-induction model will include several phases including the recruitment, screening and training of qualified supervisors/mentors, the recruitment, screening and training of the practitioners who seek formal induction to specialization in either the healthcare or legal setting, the matching of supervisors and practitioners, and the implementation of the induction program in specific healthcare and/or court systems around the nation. These phases will be implemented during 2014-2015.
This webinar, presented by Richard Laurion and Anna Witter-Merithew, directors of the CATIE and MARIE Centers, respectively, will focus on the process of field-based induction and its contribution to the development of specialized competence, and provide additional details regarding NCIEC’s upcoming programs. Participants will come away with an understanding of the role of field-based induction in increasing the number and quality of specialized practitioners, and with information about the criteria and application processes associated with NCIEC’s field-based induction programs.
Participants will,

February 24, 2013, 4:00 p.m. Eastern

New Educational Resources: Terp Talks / Digital Repository

Registration information:  Forthcoming – Watch https://ncrtm.org/moodle/course/view.php?id=246 for updates.
 An initiative of the NIEC Outcomes Circle that includes fifteen interpreter education programs (IEPs) across the country, will soon unveil a digital repository of resources for the classroom.  Beginning with a diverse library of online videos in both ASL and English, the repository promises to become the “go to” site when looking for educational resources.  This video library will be complemented by a small selection of learning exercises designed by master teachers.  Best of all, the site will include a robust, searchable database that will allow users to select videos on the basis of key descriptors such as speaker gender, race, age; linguistic features including speed and density information (e.g., how much fingerspelling is present); and other categories.
Trudy Schafer, project coordinator for the NIEC, will present.
Join us to learn how you can access these resources and use them in your classroom.
Please visit interpretereducation.org for a full calendar of events.
The National Interpreter Education Center is affiliated with the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers.
The National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers regional and national centers are funded by the U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration, CFDA 84.160A and 84.160B.