Danielle Hunt is an instructor in the Department of Interpretation at Gallaudet University and has been teaching in the department since the fall of 2011 becoming full-time faculty the fall of 2013.
She began interpreting professionally in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 2000 and most recently worked as a staff interpreter at Gallaudet Interpreting Service from 2009-2013. She has experience working in a variety of settings including: medical, emergency, business, government, video relay, close-vision/tactile, and educational interpreting. Although she has a solid background in many areas of interpreting, her specialty in the field is performing arts.
As a graduate of the MAI program, Danielle has had the unique experience of being both a student and an instructor in the Department of Interpretation. She is currently in the process of finishing her dissertation in which she is conducting a qualitative study rooted in an interpretivist theoretical perspective making use of hermeneutical phenomenology along with the use of auto-photography in order to look at the lived experiences of professional identity development of ASL-English interpreters. Her other research projects have included gendered communication and interpreting; action research for tracking students' progress by using Blackboard discussion boards; employing adaptation principles of translation; and expertise in signed language interpreting. She has served as a research assistant for Dr. Elizabeth Winston, Dr. Laurie Swabey, and Lawrence M. Siegel, Esq.
In addition to her research efforts, Danielle served as part of a committee of signed language interpreters to develop a modular curriculum for online instruction on Deaf/Hearing Interpreting teams as part of an initiative funded by a grant managed by the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers (NCIEC). She co-authored and coordinated the proposal for the recently approved MAI:IR program passed by the Gallaudet University Faculty Senate in 2013. She is revising the policies and procedures for the student code of conduct within the department and co-authoring an article on the process with Dr. Brenda Nicodemus.
Identity Development, Novice and Expert interpreters, Performing Arts Interpreting, ASL to English Interpreting