The Conference of Interpreter Trainers


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Transforming Interpreter Education

August 12-15, 2020 | Minneapolis, MN

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The Conference of Interpreter Trainers
2020 Biennial Conference

Thank you to everyone who submitted proposals.  The time for receiving them is now closed.

The Conference of Interpreter Trainers is pleased to announce its upcoming conference, Vision 20/20: Transforming Interpreter Education, to be held August 12th to 15th in Minneapolis, MN. Recognizing the diversity of the communities we serve, we see this gathering as an opportunity for educators, researchers, practitioners, allies, and other stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds to come together to share research and pedagogical practices pursuing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of interpreter education. As we look back on our past and forward toward our future, we invite you to join us in building a foundation for transforming our field for the next generation of interpreters and educators.


The CIT Biennial Conference is an essential professional development event for sign language interpreter educators and mentors. CIT was established in 1979, and has provided leadership and training in interpreter education since then. Presenters come from all over the world and volunteer to share their experience and expertise with attendees.

Deadline Extended to November 15

Based on feedback from people considering submitting proposals, CIT decided to extend the deadline for proposals until November 15, 2019.

Proposal Form

The proposal form is at the bottom of this page.  Be sure to read through the information in the tabs below before filling out the form.

Language Policy

As voted on by members, Conference of Interpreter Trainers’ language policy is the use of American Sign Language (ASL) throughout its national conference.

Interpretation Policy

As determined by the board, for Deaf international conference registrants, CIT will provide International Sign interpretation upon request. For other language speakers, it is encouraged they bring their own language interpreters.

Proposal Overview

Interested individuals are invited to submit abstracts which reflect an approach to Interpreter Education, and the development of well-rounded interpreter practitioners and mentors that fits with the conference theme. The abstracts should be both video (in ASL or International Sign) and written (in English). The CIT 2020 Conference seeks to transform interpreter education through diverse perspectives and innovative approaches to teaching, research, and practice. 

Proposers are encouraged to consider the theme of Vision 20/20:  Transforming Interpreter Education. The target audience for the conference includes ASL and interpreter educators (all settings, e.g. academic, workshops, online, hybrid, face-to-face), mentors, supervisors, in-service trainers and researchers. Please refer to the suggested topics for your consideration. 

Encouraging New Perspectives

We encourage presenters who are new to CIT as well as those with experiences that have not been integrated into interpreter education. The CIT Program, Editing, and Publication (PEP) team will be developing a process for supporting people who are new to presenting and publishing. 

Click on the tabs above to learn more about the proposal process. 

Call for Presentations is Closed