September 18, 2013
By Laura Fosmire
The Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies – that is, interpreting English into any other language, signed or spoken — at Western Oregon University has won an award to recognize “outstanding” professional and continuing education programs.
The award is formally named the 2013 University Professional & Continuing Education Association West Region Outstanding Credit Program Award.
“We are deeply honored and humbled to have received such an award,” said Dr. Elisa Maroney, coordinator of the program, in a statement.
The academic field of interpreting is still fairly new, according to the university, but Western’s program has already contributed a large amount of literature to the field. This includes nine masters theses and two professional projects that have been published since January 2013.
The program’s goals are to provide those who interpret professionally greater opportunities for growth and development and to also participate in observation, practice and supervision. They also add to the available research in the field.
The award will be formally presented at the UPCEA West Region Conference in Tucson, Ariz., on Oct. 3.