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Wallace selected as Fulbright Scholar

October 30, 2015

Dr. Melissa Wallace will spend spring semester researching court interpreting principles in Finland

Dr. Melissa Wallace will spend spring semester researching court interpreting principles in Finland

Dr. Melissa Wallace has been granted the Fulbright – University of Tampere Scholar Award by the Fulbright Scholar Program and will be spending the spring 2016 semester in Tampere, the third largest city in Finland. While there she will be carrying out research directly related to her line of scholarship in transnational court interpreter education and accreditation.  

Finland is currently at the forefront of complying with European legislation (Directive 2010/64/EU) which guarantees the assistance of qualified court interpreters in criminal proceedings, and Wallace’s project will research the impact of the Directive on the teaching of court interpreting at the university level, focusing on an innovative course called Principles of Authorised Translation. First opened to active members of the Finnish Association of Translators and Interpreters (SKTL) at the Universities of Tampere, Helsinki and Turku, Principles (which has since expanded to two other universities) bridges the academy and the profession, and thus invites examination and possibly importation to US universities.

Wallace is hopeful that her research and semester in Finland will “establish a relationship with a well consolidated program.” Wallace will be residing in Finland for five months and plans to visit other cities and universities in addition to Tampere, a city located in the southwest of Finland with a population of approximately 220,000 people.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.  The program awards 8,000 Fulbright Scholar grants annually in over 160 countries.

Wallace is an Assistant Professor and directs the Graduate Certificate in Spanish Translation and Interpreting Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at UTSA. 

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