Jennifer Borgaila

  • Honey Creek, IA
Jennifer Borgaila

American Sign Language Instructor and Interpreter

Teaching Philosophy


With the technology available to us today, much of it free, students should be engaged in their own learning and motivated to achieve.  What's required is instruction that piques students' thirst for knowledge, provides tools necessary to quench that thirst, and challenges students to apply such knowledge in the real world.

Teaching tools implemented:

  • Prezi - used as a platform for students to create collaborative electronic infographics
  • Discussion Forums - guided reading questions, collaborative assignments
  • Synthesis Projects
  • Digital Handbook
  • Flipped Classroom
  • Video recorded lectures

Subject Matter Expertise

  • American Sign Language
  • ASL-English Interpreting
  • Technology Integration in Teaching
  • Deaf Ministry
  • Demand-Control Schema

Work History

Work History
Aug 2010 - Present

Assistant Professor

Iowa Western Community College

Full-time faculty in the Interpreter Training Program, a three-year program leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree in Sign Language Interpreting. Also served as a Teaching Consultant for the college, 2015/16.

Courses taught:

  • Introduction to ASL
  • ASL 1
  • ASL 2
  • ASL 3
  • ASL 5
  • Skills Lab 1 & 2
  • Introduction to Language (hybrid)
  • Introduction to Interpreting (hybrid and online)
  • Interpreting 1
  • Interpreting 2/Business Practices (hybrid and online)
  • Modalities of Communication in the Deaf Community (hybrid and online)
Dec 2013 - Present

Video Interpreter

Z Video Relay Service

Interpret phone calls between ASL users and English-speaking individuals.

Aug 2015 - Present

Adjunct Instructor

Nebraska Christian College

Teaching ASL courses and designing instruction for their expanding Deaf Ministry program.

Jan 2005 - May 2015

Adjunct Instructor

Deaf Missions

Extension Program

This semester-long intensive in Deaf Ministry is offered every spring to hearing students as enrollment warrants.  I teach Interpreting in Deaf Ministry.

Aug 2007 - May 2010

Adjunct Instructor

University of Nebraska - Omaha

Educational Interpreting Bachelor of Arts Program

This program was designed to meet the needs of interpreters working in the field of educational interpreting who desire to continue their education to meet the growing educational requirements within the profession of interpreting and was therefore offered entirely online.

Courses taught:

  • Simultaneous Interpreting
  • Simultaneous Transliterating
  • Modalities of Communication in the Deaf Community
    May 2009 - Mar 2010

    Video Interpreter


    Interpreted phone calls between ASL users and English-speaking individuals.

    2008 - 2010

    SCPI Evaluator

    Iowa School for the Deaf

    Worked with team members to evaluate the Sign Language skills of ISD employees' videotaped interviews. 


    Mar 2004 - Oct 2006

    Master of Education

    Western Governors University

    This program consisted of four domains:  Instructional Design, Research, Instructional Technology, and Evaluation; culminating with a capstone project incorporating all four domains.

    Workshop Presentations

    Vine and Branches: The Gish processing model

    Presented at the Deaf Missions Interpreters Conference, 2015.

    Tech Hacks: Time-saving strategies for teachers

    Break-out session for Iowa Western Community College Spring Academy for Teaching Excellence, March 7, 2015.

    Who's On First: Role Shift

    Presented at the Deaf Missions Interpreters Conference, 2013. Presentation included exploration and practice of one-person and two-person role shift as well as interpreting in the narrative role.

    Rubrics and Checklists in Joule

    Break-out session for Iowa Western Community College Fall Academy for Teaching Excellence, 2012.

    How to Use the Bible, ASLV

    Designed exclusively for Deaf Missions, this workshop trains Deaf Ministry Leaders in how to use the newest version of the Bible, the ASL Version, and benefit the most from its unique technology.

    The workshop has been presented in the Deaf Missions Extension Program and at the Deaf Ministry Leaders Conference sponsored by Deaf Missions.  It has also been presented by Deaf Missions staff at various locations throughout the U.S.

    Interpreting in Deaf Ministry

    This 8-hour workshop, created for the Deaf Missions Extension students, includes these topics:  

    • The profession of interpreting
    • Mediating ASL and English
    • Interpreting music
    • Drama and skits


      Jun 2009 - Present

      National Interpreter Certification

      Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

      Apr 2009 - Present


      American Sign Language Teachers Association

      Jun 2008 - Present

      Educational Interpreting Performance Assessment

      Boys Town National Research Hospital