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Dr. Jodie Ackerman

Lecturer

Department of ASL and Interpreting Education
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

585-270-6624
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Dr. Jodie Ackerman

Lecturer

Department of ASL and Interpreting Education
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Education

BS, Rochester Institute of Technology; MS, Gallaudet University

Bio

Prior to joining the faculty at National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Jodie taught at Bloomsburg University and Lamar University. She taught courses at all levels of ASL; Deaf Culture; ASL Literature; Introduction to Deaf Studies; DeafBlind Interpreting; and Deaf Culture-independent studies. She also supervised Pre-Interpreting Field Experience and Practicum. In addition, Jodie developed a new ASL VI course and revised several other courses, including ASL I & II, Deaf Culture, and ASL Literature.

Jodie obtained her Ed.D degree in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education from Lamar University with a focus on her autoethnography as a Deaf woman with breast cancer.

Jodie’s major academic interests include teaching ASL as a first and second language, Deaf Culture, and DeafBlind Interpreting, as well as her research in Deaf Women Breast Cancer Survivors.

In her current position, she teaches ASL courses to students in RIT’s Modern Languages and Culture ASL program. In addition, she serves as the Team Leader for ASL I and Assistant Coordinator for New Signers Program.

Jodie enjoys skydiving, skiing, reading and watching movies.

585-270-6624

Currently Teaching

INTP-489
1 - 3 Credits
The description for the special topics course will be specified in each course proposal.
INTP-435
3 Credits
In this course, students will advance their skills in simultaneously producing equivalent ASL messages from English source texts. Monologic expository texts on specific topic areas will be the focus of this course. A significant portion of the interpretation work in this course will take place utilizing speakers and audience members in authentic environments. Students will learn to manage the physical setting (logistics) and to select and use appropriate technology when applicable. Students will continue to develop their English and ASL vocabulary and interpreting analysis skills; in addition, they will develop team interpreting skills and increase stamina.
INTP-126
4 Credits
In this course, students will develop ASL receptive and expressive skills needed to communicate discrete paragraphs composed of connected sentences. At the end of semester, students will achieve effective communication by using vocabulary, grammar, and cultural protocols for conveying details about familiar topics at an Intermediate-Low level as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Activities include delivering presentations and lab exercises that provide extensive hands-on practice using a variety of media. Students are expected to engage with members of the Deaf community in order to learn about Deaf co-culture in the United States.
INTP-226
3 Credits
In this course, students will develop ASL receptive and expressive skills needed to communicate series of connected paragraphs using complex connected sentences. At the end of the semester, students will achieve effective communication by using vocabulary, grammar, and cultural protocols for conveying details about less familiar topics at an Intermediate-High level as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Activities include delivering presentations and lab exercises that provide extensive hands-on practice using a variety of media. Students are expected to engage with members of the Deaf community in order to learn about Deaf co-culture in the United States.
NASL-289
1 - 3 Credits
MLAS-201
4 Credits
ASL I includes linguistic features, cultural protocols and core vocabulary for students to function in basic ASL conversations that include ASL grammar for asking and answering questions while introducing oneself, exchanging personal information, talking about family, friends and surroundings, and discussing activities. This course is designed for students who have no knowledge of American Sign Language. Students must take placement exam if this is their first RIT class in Sign Language and they have some prior study of Sign Language.
INTP-335
3 Credits
Students will develop the ability to produce an equivalent simultaneous ASL message from an English source message. This course integrates inquiry and expository texts in both dialogic and monologic formats. Specific discipline areas include interpreting in healthcare, employment, and finance settings. Within those discipline areas, students will have the opportunity to interpret in authentic environments with both Deaf and hearing consumers. Students will continue to develop text analysis skills, applying them to translating and simultaneous interpreting. Students are exposed to self-employment business practices within the interpreting field. Biomechanics and self-care issues will continue to be discussed.