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Jennifer Borgaila

American Sign Language Interpreter and Instructor


Jun 2009Present

National Interpreter Certification

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

Apr 2009Present

ASLTA-Professional (pending)

American Sign Language Teachers Association

Jun 2008Present

Educational Interpreting Performance Assessment

Boys Town National Research Hospital

Work experience

Aug 2010Present

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 4
  • ASL 5
  • Skills Lab 1, 2 & 3
  • Interpreting Skills Lab
  • 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)
  • Observation and Practicum
  • Educational Interpreting
  • Practicum
Dec 2013Present

Video Interpreter

Z Video Relay Service

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

Aug 2015Present

Adjunct Instructor

Nebraska Christian College

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

Courses taught:

  • Introduction to Deaf Ministry
  • ASL 1
  • ASL 2
Jan 2005May 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 taught Interpreting in Deaf Ministry.

Aug 2007May 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 2009Mar 2010

    Video Interpreter


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


    SCPI Evaluator

    Iowa School for the Deaf

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


    Mar 2004Oct 2006

    Master of Education in Learning and Technology

    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.