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Forestal, Eileen

Associate Professor Dr. Eileen Forestal has been Coordinator and Professor of American Sign Language/Deaf Studies and American Sign Language-English Interpreting Programs at Union County College for 33 years.  Dr. Forestal is the advisor for the Student Government Association’s SIGN club, which hosts the nation’s longest-running annual ASL Festival (28 years). She has been a certified Deaf interpreter with Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf since 1979.  Since 2006, Dr. Forestal has served on the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers’ (NCIEC) Deaf Interpreter Work Team and since 2010 has contributed to the Deaf Interpreter Curriculum Development Initiative. As a nationally renowned educator and consultant, Dr. Forestal has presented her work at national and regional conferences, including the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the Conference of Interpreter Trainers, and the Institute of Legal Interpreting. She has published several works, including, "Emerging Professionals: Deaf Interpreters and Their Views and Experiences on Training" and produced a DVD titled, Deaf Interpreting: Team Strategies. Dr. Forestal earned her Ph.D. with a specialization in Postsecondary Education and Adult Learning from Capella University.
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