Personal Information

IElisa picture live in Monmouth, Oregon with my husband, Frank, of 10 years and my eleven year old terrier plus, Foxy. I enjoy the opportunities to visit the Oregon coast and the Cascade mountain range. I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to work with fantastic people at Western Oregon University in the Regional Resource Center on Deafness (RRCD).

Why do I want to use the Internet?

I have been interested in the potential of interactive computer networking since I worked at Gallaudet University on a program called the Electronic Network for Interaction or "ENFI." This program allowed Deaf students to interact with their peers and their teachers in English in real time. Gallaudet also had many internal networking opportunities including Notes conferences and listservs.

Since leaving Gallaudet four years ago, I have had the opportunity to participate in two computer mediated courses, "The Interpreting Classroom and Your Computer" and "Teaching Foundational Skills in Interpreting: Understanding Coherence through Discourse Mapping." I have also participated and participate on numerous listservs. Having coordinated a summer program for educational interpreters who work in rural and remote areas of the northwest, I have come to realize that there are still many educational interpreters who do not have the opportunity to receive in-service training and participate in professional development through conventional means. I am excited to try this new venue to see how successful we can be at reaching those of us who are not able to participate in continuing education!


Education Background
M.A. Gallaudet University, 1991 Linguistics
B.S. University of D.C., 1987 Speech/Language Pathology


Professional Experiences
1993-Present Coordinator, Summer Interpreter Education Program, Regional Resource Center on Deafness, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon.
1994 Adjunct Faculty, Interpreter Preparation Program, Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon.
1985-Present Freelance Interpreter/Consultant.
1992 Adjunct Faculty, Interpreter Preparation Program, Catonsville Community College, Catonsville, Maryland.


Current Professional and Academic Association Memberships
Confederation in Oregon for Language Teachers, member
Conference of Interpreter Trainers, member
National Association of the Deaf, member
Oregon Association of the Deaf, member
Oregon Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, member
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, associate member
New Mexico Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf


Direct suggestions, comments, and questions about this page to

Elisa Maroney, maronee@wou.edu

Last Modified, April 1997

Western Oregon University