Dr. Janice H. Humphrey

Janice Humphrey
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Dr. Janice H. Humphrey's Biography

Type Of Business:
Marketing Area:
Sign language interpretation; Cultural mediation; Communication and deaf culture
Major Product/SVS:
Higher education
Traveling; Photography
Education Degrees:
Ed.D., Brigham Young University; Master of Science in Education, Texas A&M University; Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology, West Texas A&M University
Affiliations Awards:
Jacksonville Deaf Club; Georgia Association of the Deaf; Florida Association of the Deaf; National Association of the Deaf; Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.; Conference of Interpreter Trainers
Place of Birth:
Sign Language Interpreter Education
State/Country of Origin:
Children's Names:
Kymberli Ricks-White Colbourne (Oregon); Kristina Stratton (Washington)
Date of Distinction:
Work History:
She has taught interpreting in colleges and universities in Texas, Kansas, California, British Columbia, Washington State and Florida. She has been a pioneer in all of those locations in terms of curriculum and interpreter education instruction. She has also made major presentations and/or taught classes/workshops in England, Scotland and Canada.
Career Achievements:
President, One State and Two National Professional Associations
What do you feel separates you from the rest of the professionals in your industry?:
She says she stands out because "I believe that my spiritual beliefs and foundation have developed deep internal strength, a strong sense of optimism and faith in God and others, and the ability to embrace my mistakes and weaknesses with determination to learn from them and go on."
What has been the most outstanding thing you have done thus far in your career?:
Her greatest career achievement is the publication and ongoing revisions of a major textbook in the industry. Interpreting students often refer to her textbook as the "Interpreting Bible."
How would you like to be remembered by your peers?:
She would like peers to remember her as a person of integrity; imagination, and interpreting expertise; a trail blazer in the field both as a practitioner and as a teacher; and as someone who laughed with ease and rarely carried a grudge.
If you could solve one problem in the world today, what would it be?:
She says she would be "erasing '-ism' from the human race. We have sexism, racism, ageism ... and in my field, audism. That is the belief that one's value depends on how well they can hear and speak. As a result of our '-ism' mindset, we have cheated ourselves out of inventions, paintings, poems, conversations, and friendships that could change us and the world in positive ways."
If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?:
She would have lunch with President Obama. She says, "I am so proud of him as the first African-American President of the U.S. I know how hard it is to be a 'first' and I'd love to hear him reminisce about his family and work life."
Throughout the duration of your career, what was the one highlight that stood out the most?:
The highlight of her career was being privileged to co-author one of the first textbooks in signed language interpreter education in North America. It is now in its fifth edition, and she has had the joy to incorporate changes in the field, ever-evolving research and emerging standards of practice. Quite an honor.
Secretary, United University Faculty (2013-2014); Legislative Committee, Volunteer Interpreter, Presenter, and Mentor, Florida Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (2013-2014); Interpreting team and Life Group Leader; Teacher, Interpreting Classes for Church Interpreters, Southpoint Community Church, Jacksonville, FL (2011-Present); President, National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (1988-1990); President, Conference of Interpreter Trainers (1981-1986)
Number Of Years In Profession:
Number Of Years In Current Position:
What Does He/She Attribute Success To:
She attributes her success to her education, creativity and love for the interpreting and teaching professions. She believes God gifted her with unusual abilities in American Sign Language (ASL), interpreting between ASL and English, developing a keen sense of cultural awareness and sensitivity and made her a natural teacher.
Why did you become involved in your profession or industry?:
She became involved in her profession because she encountered a cute red-headed deaf boy when she was a teenager. She struck up a friendship, met his many friends and picked up signed language from them. When fall rolled around, they all returned to the Texas State School for the Deaf and she missed the interaction so much, she located deaf adults in her community. She will forever be grateful for the patience and perseverance of those individuals who shared their culture and language with her.
Extended Bio Profile:
Dr. Humphrey has written two major books, various CDs and DVDs on sign language education.

She has had the joy of seeing former students become nationally certified signed language/English interpreters currently working all across the U.S. and Canada. Several of those individuals are now teaching interpreting across North America.
Position Responsibilities and Duties:
Teaching; Consulting; Interpreting; Developing Curriculum; Handling internship supervision, service to professional associations and to community and research and publication
Education Certifications:
Specialty Certificate: LEGAL - SC:L (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf); National Interpreting Certification-Advanced - NIC-A (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf); Comprehensive Skills Interpreting Certificate - CSC (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf);
Certificate of Interpretation - COI (Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada)
Inductee, Worldwide Lifetime Achievement (2013); Industry Expert, “Top 101 Industry Experts,” Cambridge Who’s Who (2009);
Inductee, Lifetime Membership, Cambridge Who’s Who (2008); VIP of the Year, Cambridge Who’s Who (2008); President, Washington State Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (2009-2011); President of the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (1988-1990); President of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (1981-1986)
Where Will You Be In 5 Years:
In five years, she will be continuing her research on trust between interpreters and the people for whom they interpret and between deaf interpreters and hearing interpreters when working as a team. She will also continue teaching in the ever-innovative and cutting edge courses and programs at the University of North Florida.
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