Laurie Shaffer

Lecturer of ASL/English Interpreting

American Sign Language & Deaf Studies Minor
ASL/English Interpreting, B.S.
UNH Manchester


Laurie Shaffer has been an active practitioner of ASL-English Interpreting for 26 years.  She holds a BA from Hamilton College with a major in Fine Arts, a MS from Syracuse University in Education of Deaf Children, and she has been a doctoral student of Interpreting Studies at Gallaudet since Fall of 2014.  Currently she is working on completing her dissertation.  Her research examines the influence of social institutional forces on the work of interpreters in the medical environment.

Laurie has been an educator in the field throughout her career, having taught in post-secondary classrooms and in professional development venues providing workshops and seminars on various topics.  She mentors in both the 1:1 context as well as in various programs she has designed with colleagues – in particular, the Peer Mentoring Model and Program with Wendy Watson and “From a Distance….” Mentoring for Educational Interpreters with Kate O’Regan; a program that was showcased in 2014 as a chapter in Mentorship in sign language interpreting, edited by Betsy Winston and Robert Lee. 

Laurie has 2 grown children; Eric and Kim, son-in-law Jorge, her first grandchild, Charlotte and an amazing life partner and husband, Randy Whiting as well as 2 dogs, a cat and 13 chickens.  She is excited to begin this new chapter in her life and to working with all at UNH Manchester.