Interpreter Education Program
Office: DKSN 515E
Office Phone: 501.569.3169
Linda Stauffer is a native of Fort Worth, Texas, and began her professional career in deafness in Philadelphia in 1978. After graduating with a B.S. in Deaf Education she joined the Southeastern Pennsylvania Legal Services for the Deaf, where she worked as an Educational Consultant and Interpreter. Later she moved to the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and was a classroom teacher of multi-handicapped deaf teenagers. From 1980 – 1983 she moved to New York City coordinated a statewide Interpreter Referral Service through the New York Society for the Deaf.
Moving to Arkansas in 1983, she interpreted in private practice and in 1986 she joined the faculty of the Interpreter Education Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) as an adjunct instructor. In 1987 she joined the faculty full time and became the program coordinator in 2007. She holds the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Comprehensive Skills Certificate (CSC) and Oral Transliteration Certificate (OTCO and has been certified by RID since 1981.
In addition to the program responsibilities, Ms. Stauffer is the Project Director for Mid-America Regional Interpreter Education Center (MARIE) and a member of the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers, a five-year (2005-2010) grant project funded through the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA).
She conducts interpreter workshops across the country on a regular basis, has published articles and university course and workshop curricula in her field, and is active in leadership positions locally, regionally and nationally. Previously she served seven years on the national RID Board of Directors as the Region IV Representative (1995-2002). She has also served on the Board of Directors of both the Arkansas chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (ARID) and the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT). For 14 years she served as co editor of the CIT NEWS.
Ms. Stauffer is the 1992 recipient of the Mary Stotler Award presented jointly by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and the Conference of Interpreter Trainers. She was awarded the 1994 UALR College of Education’s Faculty Excellence Award for Public Service, and was recognized in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 1996.
Currently, Ms. Stauffer is completing her dissertation for her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Education and Research through the University of Arkansas where she maintains her interest in deafness and interpreting.
Ph.D. University of Arkansas, 2010
Major: Rehabilitation Education
M.Ed., University of Arkansas, 1987
Major: Deafness Rehabilitation with an emphasis in Independent Living
B.S. Trenton State College (now known as The College of New Jersey), 1978
Major: Education of the Hearing Impaired
Current Research Topics and Interests
The Relationship Among Beginning and Advanced Sign Language Students and Interpreters Across Two Domains of Visual Ability: Vividness and Manipulation
Foundational Aptitudes for Interpreting
Transition and Collaboration between 2-year and 4-year interpreter education programs