Exploring the lived experiences of Deaf interpreters

Hello Deaf Interpreter:

My name is Sarah Himmelmann and I am a graduate student at St. Catherine University in the Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity program. In my last year of the program, I am conducting research: Exploring the lived experiences of Deaf interpreters and how it impacts ethical decisions as Deaf interpreters in their work.

As part of my research, I will conduct interviews with Deaf American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. I would like to interview interpreters who hold certification on either the national or state level with a minimum of five years of experience interpreting professionally.  All interviews will be conducted in American Sign Language and video recorded.

After I complete my research, I hope to bring to light how lived experiences of Deaf interpreters have an impact on their work.  As a result, it is my hope that together we can improve interpreter training and education resulting in overall improvement in how interpreting services are delivered resulting in communication equity.

If you are interested in participating in my research, please complete the survey along with the consent form:

http://stkate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aWvtggeMPx0qqrz

Upon completion of the survey and consent form, I will reach out to schedule an interview appointment to participants identified using a random number generator.  The interview which will be video recorded, will take approximately an hour. After the interview, I may contact you for follow up questions if needed.  All information shared during the interview will remain strictly confidential as required by my Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval #1335.

My research will result in a thesis that will be published and available to the public; however, your name will not be shared as a participant in this study.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your rights as a subject in my study, you may contact the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or my research advisors at:

Institutional Review Board Chair
Dr. John Schmitt
jsschmitt@stkate.edu
651.690.7339

Institutional Review Board
irb@stkate.edu
651.690.6204

Research Advisor, Dr. Eileen Forestal
eileenog@gmail.com

Academic Research Advisor, Dr. Octavian Robinson
oerobinson150@stkate.edu

Thank you for your time and consideration.  I hope you will participate in my research if you fit the criteria.  If not, I hope you will share this recruitment inquiry with someone who may fit the criteria.

Sarah Himmelmann
sehimmelmann615@stkate.edu