Olgierda Furmanek

Olgierda Furmanek, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and a founding director of a graduate program in Interpreting and Translation Studies at Wake Forest University, North Carolina, USA that offers a MA in Teaching of Interpreting and a MA in Management of Intercultural Services in Healthcare. For over 15 years she has been teaching Spanish-English interpreting and translation as well as courses in applied interpreting studies and methodology of teaching interpreting at a graduate and undergraduate level. She has also taught at Yale University and has given multiple intercontinental presentations on the role of connecting real-life experience with scholarly developments and on the need to include profession-oriented but research-based internships in the process of educating interpreters. Her research and publications focus on professionalization of interpreting, psychological and socio-institutional contexts of interpreters work, curriculum development and languages in contact. Since 1988 she has been working as a free-lance interpreter, translator and cultural consultant in Polish, Spanish, English, French as her main working languages and several others as her C languages. She is co-author, with Rebecca Tipton (University of Manchester) of the forthcoming title with Routledge (2016): Dialogue Interpreting: A guide to interpreting in public services and the community