Tamar Nelson, M.A., CI & CT, NIC Master


Tamar is a student in Gallaudet University’s Ph.D. in Interpretation program (combined track of pedagogy and research).  Tamar enjoys and values research and presenting to promote growth, development, and respect of the interpreting profession. Workshop topics she has presented on include omissions, processing time, medical interpreting and others. She and her partner have conducted research within the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and/or intersex (GLBTQI) Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities and are presenting the results of this research at various venues including most recently at the 2011 RID National Conference in Atlanta. Tamar has worked, for over ten years, as a certified community interpreter, mentor, ER on-call manager & interpreter, VRI & VRS interpreter on both coasts.

Research internship:

"'Garbage In = Garbage Out'-- The Importance of Souce Text Selection in Assessing Interpretations" with Dr. Elizabeth Winston

ABSTRACT: The choice of source stimulus texts is as fundamental to the assessment and evaluation of interpreting as is choosing the appropriate evaluation rubrics. The discussion of which source texts will most effectively draw out the kind of interpretation that reflects those features we intend to evaluate is essential to interpreting education and assessment. In ASL/English interpretations for example, many features that are heavily weighted in evaluation are found with more or less frequency depending on genre and register in ASL source texts. It is those features that contribute, in part, to the creation of a successfully coherent, dynamic equivalence in the target production. This preliminary report addresses the benefit to educators and evaluators in considering the source as the starting point for assessing a target interpretation. It includes both theoretical and evidence-based practices, and practical applications for educators and evaluators.

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