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James H. Whitfield, Jr.

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As the Assistant Director for Interpreting Services with Student Disability Services, I am responsible for overseeing services to deaf and hard of hearing students registered with the SDS office. My job duties include:

  • Supervising full-time, part-time, and contract Sign Language Interpreters along with other staff in the department.
  • Coordinating RCART services provided to SDS students and oversees the Lead Interpreter in scheduling of interpreters
  • Assisting in the development of the departmental Strategic Plan
  • Serving as the academic counselor for deaf, hard of hearing and other student populations in the main SDS office
  • Serving as the liaison for the entire campus regarding services for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • I help to fulfill requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act by interpreting classroom lectures, presentations, and other communication that occurs in the academic setting. This equal access empowers deaf and hard of hearing students to make the most of their goal toward achieving a college degree.

    Sign language interpreters follow a Code of Professional Conduct which, among other things, states that interpreters "adhere to standards of confidential communication" (Tenet 1) and "refrain from providing counsel, advice, or personal opinions" (Tenet 2.5). My job is to "render the message faithfully by conveying the content and spirit of what is being communicated, using language most readily understood by consumers" (Tenet 2.3).

    The language used by the Deaf community here in the U.S. is American Sign Language (ASL) --  a rich, visual language distinct from English that linguists describe as having its own grammatical rules, sentence structure and cultural nuances. Other manually coded signed English systems exist which follow English word order and can be transliterated.

    Student Disability Services has provided additional suggestions and a PowerPoint presentation about working with an interpreter. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have more questions.

    CURRICULUM VITAE

    Education

    Currently Enrolled       Texas Tech University, Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program
                                         Concentration: Higher Education, Deaf Education & Audiology
                                         GPA: 4.0

    2004 - 2006                 West Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Business Administration
                                         Magna Cum Laude
                                         GPA: 3.75

    2001 - 2004                 Amarillo Community College, Associate of Arts in Pre-Law

    2001 - 2003                 Amarillo Community College, Associate of Science in Business Administration


    HONORS/AWARDS

    2009            Sorenson Communications, Excellence in Customer Service

    2007            Sorenson Communications, Excellence in Customer Service

    2007            Sorenson Communications, Excellence in Customer Service

    2007            Sorenson Communications, Employee of the Month

    2007            Caprock High School, Top of the Rock Nomination

    2006            Outstanding General Business Major Award

    2006            Alpha Chi National Honor Society, West Texas A&M University Zeta Chapter

    2005            President's List

    2004            Outstanding Pre-Law Major Award

    Experience

    PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT

    2009 - Present




    2007 - Present



    2006 - Present



    1997 - Present


    1992 - Present


    2000 - 2006



    1997 - 2000



    1991 - 1997
    Independent Contractor
    Texas Department Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
    Board for Evaluation of Interpreters
    Austin, Texas

    Assistant Director of Student Disability Services
    Texas Tech University
    Lubbock, Texas

    Video Relay Interpreter / Mentor-Trainer
    Sorenson Video Relay Service
    Texas

    Community Interpreter
    Lubbock, TX

    Community Interpreter
    Amarillo, Texas

    Sign Language Interpreter
    Amarillo Independent School District
    Amarillo, Texas

    Interpreter Coordinator of Student Disability Services
    Texas Tech University
    Lubbock, Texas

    Sign Language Interpreter
    Amarillo Independent School District
    Amarillo, Texas

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    2009 - Present            Caprock Society of Interpreters for the Deaf

    2007 - Present            AHEAD, Association of Higher Education and Disability

    2006 - Present            National Honor Society Alpha Chi, West Texas A&M University Zeta Chapter

    2005 - Present            Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

    2003 - Present            Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf

    Certifications

    2012 - Present




    2012 - Present

    2009 - 2012

    2008 - Present




    1998 - Present




    1996 - 1998




    1994 - 1996




    1992 - 1994



    Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services,
    Division for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
    Board for Evaluation of Interpreters
    Court Interpreter

    Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, National Interpreter Certification Master

    Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, National Interpreter Certification

    Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services,
    Division for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
    Board for Evaluation of Interpreters
    Master Interpreter

    Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services,
    Division for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
    Board for Evaluation of Interpreters
    Level IV Interpreter

    Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services,
    Division for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
    Board for Evaluation of Interpreters
    Level III Interpreter

    Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services,
    Division for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
    Board for Evaluation of Interpreters
    Level II Interpreter

    Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services,
    Division for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
    Board for Evaluation of Interpreters
    Level I Interpreter

    Community Services

    2010 - 2012

    2009 - 2010

    2008 - Present

    2008 - Present

    2007 - Present

    1999-2000
    Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf, Scholarship and Awards Committee Chair

    Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf, Scholarship and Awards Committee

    Southwest Collegiate Institute of the Deaf, Interpreter Training Program Advisory Committee

    Texas Tech University, Coordinator for BEI testing site

    Texas Tech University, Interpreter/Coordinator for Carol of Lights

    Texas Tech University, AccessTech summer sign language classes

    Continuing Education

    2012             Interpreting in a Violent World, Austin TX

    2012             Legal Interpreters: "Lines of Questioning (Part 2)", Austin TX

    2012             Legal Interpreters: "Lines of Questioning (Part 1)", Austin TX

    2012             ASL for the 21st Century, Lubbock TX

    2011             Interpreting Models and Accessories, Amarillo TX

    2010             Ethics of Work, San Antonio TX

    2010             ADA: Convincing Businesses to Provide Interpreting Services, San Antonio TX

    2010             Keynote Address, San Antonio TX

    2010             TerpExpo: "Creating Classifiers", Norfolk VA

    2010             TerpExpo: "Cromania", Norfolk VA

    2010             TerpExpo: "ASL Idioms -- That Me Kiss Fist", Norfolk VA

    2010             TerpExpo: "ASL Improv -- The Deaf Culture Trivia Night", Norfolk VA

    2010             TerpExpo: "ASL Songs", Norfolk VA

    2010             Country Signs From Around the World: "The Middle East", Lubbock TX

    2009             RID National Conference: The NIC Interview, "Aim High", Philadelphia PA

    2009             RID National Conference: "VRS via DC-S, Video Relay Interpreting Through a Demand-Control Schema", Philadelphia PA

    2009             RID National Conference: Region IV Caucus, Philadelphia PA

    2009             RID National Conference: Advanced Linguistics, "Interpreting Real and Conceptual Entities", Philadelphia PA.

    2009             RID National Conference: NIC Interview, "It's The How Not The What", Philadelphia PA

    2009             RID National Conference: "What is your Impact Quotient?", Philadelphia PA

    2009             NIC Prep, Lubbock TX

    2009             TerpExpo: Certification Preparation DECIDE "Systemic Approach to Ethical Decision Making", Seattle WA

    2009             TerpExpo: Certification Preparation Performance Testing, Seattle WA

    2009             TerpExpo: Improv, "I Can't Just Make It Up?", Seattle WA

    2009             TerpExpo: "Languishing In Linear Language Is Lethal", Seattle WA

    2008             "DSS101 Success Strategies", Reno NV

    2008             Success or Access: "Why am I Making these Accommodations?", Reno NV

    2008             Diversity in Action: "Application of Universal Design", Reno NV

    2008             "Campus Emergency Response and the D/HH Community", Lubbock TX

    2008             NIC Prep, Lubbock TX 2008 The Interview: "Discussion and Practice for NIC", Lubbock TX

    2007             Interpreting Depositions: "Did He Really Just Say That?", Irving TX

    2007             "Portfolio Development and Qualifying the Interpreter", Irving TX

    2007             "Interpreting in the Juvenile Justice System", Irving TX

    2006             "VRS Training", Lubbock TX

    2002             "Court and Legal Interpreting", (five day intensive training), Houston TX

    2001             ASL Features: "How to Incorporate Them Into Our Work", Corpus Christi TX

    2001             Seeing Voices: "Visualization That Won't Make You Crazy", Corpus Christi TX

    2001             Transliterating: "It is Harder Than We Think", Amarillo TX

    2000             Advancing Our Profession: "Enhancing Mentoring Skills", Big Spring TX

    2000             Visualization Techniques: "Enhancing your Interpreting Skills", Big Spring TX

    2000             Self-Assessment: "Sign to Voice Interpretation", Austin TX

    2000             "Court Interpretation", Austin TX 2000 "Mental Health", Austin TX

    2000             "Corporate Interpreting", Austin TX

    2000             "Clinical Vignettes for Medical Interpreting", Austin TX

    1999             "Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now", Dallas TX

    1999             Certification Preparation: "What to Expect and How to Prepare", Big Spring TX

    1999             "Use of Descriptive Classifiers", Lubbock TX

    1999             "Artistic Drama", Lubbock TX

    1998             "Using Classifiers, Grammatical Markers and Non-Manual Signals", Lubbock TX

    1998             "Medical Interpreting Skill Building", Big Spring TX

    1997             "Improving your Evaluation Skills", Austin TX

    1997             "Next Step in Sign to Voice", Austin TX

    1997             ASL: "Topic-Comment Structure", Austin TX

    1997             "The Sore Thumb Theory", Austin TX

    1997             "Intermediary Interpreting", Austin TX

    1997             "Interpreter Process Models", Austin TX

    1997             "Team Interpreting: Feedback and Religious Terminology", Amarillo TX

    1997             "Fingerspelling", Amarillo TX

    1997             "Improving Your Receptive Interpreting", Lubbock TX

    1996             "Supplementing Your Signs", Houston TX

    1996             "Conceptually Correct Signing", Houston TX

    1996             "Interpreting Idioms", Houston TX

    1996             "Fingerspelling", Houston TX

    1996             "Defeating Stress, Houston" TX

    1996             "Foundation of ASL", Amarillo TX

    1994             "Communicating Together ASL & MSS", Amarillo TX