Laurie Shaffer

Interim director of ASL/English Interpreting program

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 29 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.  She aims to complete her PhD during the 2018-19 academic year.  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 takes great joy in time with family, friends and dog. She loves working on various art projects when not teaching, but loves every minute spent in the classroom with students.