Time for an Interpretive REMIX in Higher Education: NAI has NEW Interpretive Standards & Our Universities Have OLD Interpretive Courses & Curriculum—We Can Fix That!
Monday, November 26
We’re calling all academics, and those who partner with academics, to come to New Orleans ahead of time for a day of mapping assets, assessing needs, visioning the future, outlining plans and strategies, and building collaborations. Amid enrollment declines and budget crises in higher education, and shifting hiring priorities in agencies and organizations, we must ensure our continued relevance. If we build upon NAI’s new interpretive standards, outlining strategies to ensure that university courses and curriculum equip students to meet these standards at the entry, intermediate, and advanced levels, we’ll produce NextGen interpreters who will lead the profession into the future.
Through a process of facilitated dialogue, brainstorming, asset mapping, goal and action step identification, prioritization, and timeline development—we’ll emerge with the beginnings of a “do-list.” That is, we’ll specify who’s going to do what, by what time, using what resources. We’ll discuss what’s “great and good” in interpretation in higher education. We’ll examine where we fall short, and what it would take for us to fully address 21st-century needs and opportunities. We’ll map out a long-term vision and identify some of the steps required to get there. We’ll continue the conversation during the workshop, e.g., in a concurrent session or during our College & University Academics (CUA) Section meeting. And CUA will keep these efforts moving forward during the intervening months.
Presenters: Dr. Chay Runnels, Associate Professor, Hospitality Administration; Philip Smartt, Brian Forist, Tom Mullin, Brenda Lackey, Jay Miller, Theresa Coble, Timothy Makubuya, Phyllis Balcerzak
Maximum Number of Participants: 30
Meals: Coffee break and lunch included