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Wallace appointed to NAJIT research & education board

October 6, 2015

Dr. Melissa Wallace has been appointed to the national board of the Society for the Study of Translation and Interpretation (SSTI), the educational and research wing of NAJIT (National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators).

SSTI recognizes that Wallace’s credentials as researcher, educator, certified court reporter, and healthcare interpreter make her an invaluable member of the organization’s board of directors. 

SSTI’s mission is to support research and to develop curricula for the profession and related fields by funding and producing research that supports best practices in legal translation and interpretation in order to become a universally recognized source of information, statistics, and research on translation and interpreter issues.

Wallace is currently assistant Ppofessor of Spanish Translation and Interpreting Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and directs the graduate certificateprogram in translation studies.  A certified court interpreter and certified healthcare interpreter, she served two terms as an appointed member of the state Supreme Court Committee to Improve Translation and Interpreting in Wisconsin Courts and has just begun a 5-year term on the Licensed Court Interpreter Advisory Board of the Judicial Branch Certification Commission for the Supreme Court of Texas. She is an active appointed member of the Standards and Training Committee of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC), and is co-lead on the Webinars Work Group of the NCIHC’s Home for Trainers initiative.

Wallaces research focuses on indicators of aptitude on court interpreter certification exams, interpreter and translator training, and policy innovations as language access activism.

She holds a Ph.D. in Translation and Interpreting from the Universidad de Alicante, Spain.

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