I was struck by something my thesis advisor said about writing letters of recommendation for me today: “As a faculty member searching for a colleague, I like to see that a letter has been addressed to the institution” [emphasis added]. Even at 45, master’s degree in hand, I was thinking of applying for a job as begging to be someone’s underling. I needed reminding that I’m a big boy now; nay, I’m a gracefully graying, middle-aged, well-educated gentleman. Of course I know I will be an employee with an employer, and I will be accountable to a system greater than myself. Still, I am now a colleague of the people I’m applying to– I’m a colleague searching for a colleague who’s searching for a colleague. That’s a paradigm shift for me.
Last Friday morning, I successfully defended my thesis. This Wednesday afternoon, I submitted my thesis for publication on Digital Commons. The title is “Keeping it Vague: A Study of Vague Language in an American Sign Language Corpus and Implications for Interpreting Between American Sign Language and English.” Thanks to everyone who has cheered me on and expressed interest in my work! I will post the URL to the thesis paper as soon as it’s published. – Daniel Greene, MA.
P.S. I probably should mention the degree is the Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies with an emphasis in Teaching Interpreting, offered by Western Oregon University. I recommend it!
- Student teaching and thesis writing my last quarter in grad school
- Introduction & Goals for WOU MAIS
- My Article on Vague Language (VL) Featured in RID Views
It’s settled! I’m defending my master’s thesis on Friday, March 15, at 9am UTC -7. Send good thoughts my way!
Flying to Albuquerque to teach a workshop on interpreting into English. I call it “Tripplingly on the tongue” after Hamlet’s speech to the players.