Department of Linguistics

Eileen Forestal Ph.D., RSC, Master Mentor


Office Location

49 Exeter St.



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Postsecondary Education and Adult Learning, Capella University, 2011
  • Masters in Education: Specialization in Teaching Deaf Children, Western Maryland College, 1976
  • B.A. in Sociology, University of Missouri, 1970

Recent Publications

Forestal, E. (2015). Deaf perspectives in interpretation research: A long overdue critical element. Selected Symposium Papers. B. Nicodemus & K. Cagle (Eds.), Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press. 

Forestal, E. (2014). Deaf interpreters: Dynamics of their processes of interpretation. In M. Metzger, C. Stone, S. D. Collins, & R. Adams (Eds.), Deaf interpreters at work: International perspectives (pp. 29-50). Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press. 

Forestal, E. & Russell, D, (2013). Open Forum: Book Review: Service learning in interpreter education: Strategies for extending student involvement in the Deaf community. Shaw, S. (2013). International Journal of Interpreter Education, 5(2), © 2013 Conference of Interpreter Trainers. (Peer reviewed) 

Forestal, E. (2011). Deaf interpreters: Exploring their processes of interpretation (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Capella University: Minneapolis, MN 1/22/15 Page 9

Forestal, E. & Williams, C.L. (2008). Teaching and learning using the demand control schema. Applications of Demand Control Schema in Interpreter Education, Proceedings of the 2007 RID Pre-Conference. 

Forestal, E. (2006). Effective practices for teaching deaf interpreting processes. In E. M. Maroney (Ed.), Proceedings of the 16th National Convention Conference of Interpreter Trainers, USA 11-14. 

Cogen, C., Forestal, E., Hills, R., & Hollrah, B. (2006). Deaf Interpreting: Team Strategies [DVD]. Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Academic Technology TV & Media Production Services, Graduate School and Professional Programs. 

Forestal, E. (2005).The emerging professionals: deaf interpreters and their views and experience on training, Interpreting and interpreter education: from theory to practice, E. Winston, (Ed.), Cambridge, MA: Oxford University Press.


“Collaboration and Partnership in Deaf-Hearing Interpreter Teams” for an interpreter referral agency, ASLIRS, New Jersey, May 2014 and May 2015. 

“Deaf Perspectives in Interpretation Research: A Long Overdue Critical Element” and “Open Processes for Interpreting”, World Association of Sign Language Interpreters, Istanbul, Turkey, July 23-24, 2015 

Trainer (team of trainers) for Preconference on Legal Interpreting, RID conference, New Orleans, August 2015. 

“Ethics and Considerations and Challenges for Deaf Interpreters”; “Interpreting for Deaf Youth: Ethical Considerations”, Deaf Interpreter Conference (First-time ever for such a conference), Minneapolis, MN, June 20-23, 2015 

“Turn-Taking & Repair: Problems of FLOW in intercultural communication”, “Breaking the Mold of Tokenism: Interpreter Education Program-Community Alliances through Service Learning”, and Open Process: The Teaming Model and Transparency for Deaf and Hearing Team Interpreters: Who owns the interpretation?”, Conference of Interpreter Trainers Conference, Portland, OR, Oct. 2014 

“Discourse Genres: Interpreting Who's Explaining, Arguing, or Narrating?”, Long Island Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, December, 2013 

“Deaf, Hearing, and Deaf Parented Interpreter Teams: Mediated Team Processes”, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Indianapolis, IN, August 2013

Deaf Interpreter Training, a week-long program, DARS, Big Spring, TX, June 2010, June 2011, June 2012, June 2013 

“Exploring Their Processes of Interpreting” and “Preview of New Curriculum for 

Deaf Interpreter Education”, Conference of Deaf Interpreters: Trainers Conference, Charlotte, NC, Oct. 2012 

“Preview of New Curriculum for Deaf Interpreter Education” and “Deaf Interpreters: Advanced Skills for Interpreting”, Region 3 and Region 4, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, July 2012. 

“Domains and Competencies of Deaf Interpreters”, RID Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2011. 

“Challenges and Considerations in Ethics for Deaf Interpreters”, RID Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2009; Texas 2011. 

“Demand Control Schema for Deaf Interpreters”, RID Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2009; Texas, 2011. 

“Infusion of Domains and Competencies of Deaf Interpreters in Interpreter Education”, Boston, MA, 2010. 

“Advanced Interpreting Processes for Deaf interpreters”, Anchorage, AK, 2002, 2010; Chicago, Il, 2005; Florida 2006, 2010; Denver, CO, 2007; Texas, 2006, 2009, 2010.

Awards and Recognition

Commendation from President of Union County College for Excellence in Teaching, May 2011 

Marie Phillips Award for Outstanding Contributions in the field of interpreting, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Convention, Boston, 1999. 

Kentucky Colonel Award given by Paul E. Patton, Governor of Kentucky, September, 1998. 

Outstanding Service Award, RID-NAD Task Force on Interpreting and National Testing, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, 1998. 

Alan R. Barwiolek Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to ASL, Deaf Culture and Deaf Community, April 12, 1997 

Union County Commission on the Status of Women: Women of Excellence in the Field of Education, March 1996. 

Commendation Award for Unsung Heroes, New Jersey Women's Network presented by U.S. Senator Bill Bradley for unselfish efforts in the State of New Jersey, May 1987. 

Certificate of Recognition for Contribution towards Advancement in Education of New Jersey Women from NJ Universities and Colleges Coalition on Women's Education, October 1986. 

Humanitarian Award for unselfish devotion and contributions to the field of Interpreting for the Deaf by New Jersey Association of the Deaf at its ninth biennial convention in Iselin, NJ, September 1985.

Professional Activity

American Sign Language Teachers Association 1999 - present 

Association of American University Professors 1979 - present 

Conference of Interpreter Trainers 1980 - present 

National Association of the Deaf 1970 - present 

National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf 1975 - present 

New Jersey Association of the Deaf 1978 - present 

New Jersey Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf 1978 - present