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Jennifer M. Borgaila, MEd

American Sign Language Interpreter and Educator



Licensed ASL Interpreter/Transliterator

State of Iowa

Other states:

  • Nebraska
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Idaho



Sign Language Interpreter

Video Relay:

  • Z VRS (December 2013 - present)
  • Interpretek (May 2009 - March 2010)

Community interpreting:

Settings: business, employment, religious, educational, medical (contracted with CHI Health and Methodist Health System)

August 2010May 2017

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 1-5; 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]

January 2005May 2019

Adjunct Professor

Metropolitan Community College (Summer 2018 Quarter): ASL III

Nebraska Christian College (August 2006 - May 2009 and August 2015 - May 2019): In addition to teaching ASL courses, developed curriculum and designed and taught courses for the Deaf ministry program. [Introduction to Deaf Ministry, Interpreting for Worship and Sermons, Deaf Culture: Family Dynamics, Deaf Culture: Worship, Deaf Culture: Preaching and Teaching, Introduction to Interpreting, and Interpreting Skill Building]

Deaf Missions Extension Program (January 2005 - May 2015): Taught Interpreting in Deaf Ministry

University of Nebraska - Omaha (August 2007 - May 2010): Taught in the Educational Interpreting Bachelor of Arts online program. [Simultaneous Interpreting, Simultaneous Transliterating and Modalities of Communication in the Deaf Community]


SLPI Evaluator

Iowa School for the Deaf

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

2008 - 2010 and 2018 - 2019


March 2004October 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.