Senior Academic Specialist
Jim Lipsky is currently a Senior Academic Specialist with the ASL Program at Northeastern University (since 1992). He teaches all ASL levels, ASL Linguistics, ASL Numbers and Fingerspellling, ASL non-manual markers, as well as Deaf Studies. He is also directly involved with the development of curriculum materials relevant to his classes as well as many other ASL classes offered through the ASL program.
In addition, Mr. Lipsky: • Is an ASL Placement evaluator • Coordinates the Deaf Mentor Project for all ASL students • Was an Adviser for NUSigns (the former Northeastern University DeafClub from 2002-2011) • Gave some introduction meetings/workshops about Deaf Culture/Community to other Departments at Northeastern University. • Supported arranging the ASL Coffee Chat at Starbucks with Interpreting Club at Northeastern University.
• Received an award, “Outstanding Service Provider of the Year Award” to Road to Deaf Interpreting from the Statewide Advisory Council for the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and hard of Hearing in March 2018.
• Received an award, “ The William B. Swett Award” (an outstanding dedicated service to Deaf
Community) to Road to Deaf Interpreting Road from the Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf,
Inc. (MSAD) in September 2017.
• Received an award, “Volunteer Services Outstanding’ from Deaf-Blind Contact Center (DBCC), 2013.
• Received a Master level Certification through ASLTA (National Office -2016)
• Is the first person in American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) history to
successfully certify the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) ASL Full Rater certification in February 2013.
• Received the Garth Pitman Award for Teaching Excellence in the Liberal Arts Program at University College, at Northeastern University (1997)
* Was a member of the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Center (NCIEC, 2012-2015) as a Deaf
Interpreter work team member responsible for developing the Deaf Interpreter Curriculum which was
published in 2016.
• Is one of the first graduates of the Northeastern University Interpreter Preparation Program for Deaf
• Is a nationally Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI, 2003 – present).
• Was a freelance Deaf interpreter for twenty years (1994 – present) and a Deaf-Blind community
interpreter for twenty-seven years (1986 – present).
• Has taught (and continues to teach) ASL/interpreting workshops around the New England area and in other states.
• Continues to serve as a Massachusetts State Screened Interpreter Evaluator for Massachusetts
Commission for the Deaf and Hard of the Hearing (MCDHH – starting in 1999).
• Is active with local, regional, and national Deaf, Deafblind and interpreting organizations (continuing).
• Was a former President of MassRID (from 2004-2008) after serving as Vice President for two years (from 2002-2004), and President of the Massachusetts Chapter of ASLTA (from 1998 to 2002).
• Was a former President of the Board and a Board Member for Deaf-Blind Contact Center (DBCC-
MEd, Deaf Studies, Boston University
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