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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

    2011-2014                   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

    2014            Sorenson Communications, Employee of the Month

    2014            Sorenson Communications, Excellence in Customer Service

    2014            Sorenson Communications, Excellence in Customer Service

    2014            Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Texas Tech University Chapter

    2013            Texas Tech University, Guns Up Distinguished Staff Award

    2013            Sorenson Communications, Excellence in Customer Service

    2012            Sorenson Communications, Excellence in Customer Service

    2012            Sorenson Communications, Excellence in Customer Service

    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

    2013 - Present           National Association Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

    2014 - Present           Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Texas Tech University Chapter

    2013 - Present           Texas Tech University Staff Senate

    2009 - Present            Caprock Society of Interpreters for the Deaf

    2007 - Present            Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)

    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

    2014 - 2015

    2013 - 2015

    2010 - 2012

    2009 - 2010

    2008 - Present

    2008 - Present

    2007 - Present

    1999 - 2000
    Texas Tech University Staff Senate, Staff Senate Grievance Committee Chair

    Texas Tech University Staff Senate, Staff Senate Scholarship Committee

    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

    Professional Development

    2014             Trauma Informed Interpreting: From Ethics to Excellence – Lubbock, TX

    2013             Processing Time and Its Effects on Errors in Simultaneous Interpreting – Indianapolis, IN

    2013             Layers: Applying Animation to ASL Construct – Indianapolis, IN

    2013             Identifying Depiction in ASL – Indianapolis, IN

    2013             Emergency Management: Interpreter Deployment Readiness – Indianapolis, IN

    2013             Reframing Disability: Developing a Short Course for Faculty and Staff – Baltimore, MD

    2013             Beyond Accommodations: Strategies for College Students with LD and AD – Baltimore, MD

    2013             What Information Do I Need to Make Informed Decisions and Why? – Baltimore, MD

    2013             Introduction to Disability Law – Baltimore, MD

    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