Dr Rachel McKee
School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies
Phone: 04 463 5626
Location: Room 317, Von Zedlitz Building, Kelburn Pde, Kelburn Campus
Teaching in 2015
DEAF 101 - Introduction to New Zealand Sign Language
DEAF 801 - Deaf Culture and Society
BA(Hons)(VUW), MA, PhD UCLA, Certificate in Interpreting Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, USA
Rachel McKee is Programme Director of Deaf Studies. VUW offers a one-year, pre-degree programme designed to train Deaf people as teachers of NZSL (Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching New Zealand Sign Language), and introductory and intermediate NZSL courses. Rachel also supervises post-graduate research topics in Deaf Studies and Interpreting within the MA in Applied Linguistics and PhD in Applied Linguistics.
Rachel has published research across a wide range of areas in Deaf Studies including sign language interpreting, linguistic analysis of NZSL, sociolinguistic issues in NZSL, and deaf children in schools.
Rachel is a member of the Deaf Studies Research Unit, which recently developed an Online Dictionary of NZ Sign Language and conducted a three-year project investigating sociolinguistic variation in NZSL.
An earlier DSRU project investigated the communication access of deaf children in mainstream classrooms. The study gathered qualitative case study data on six children, and undertook national surveys of parents, mainstream teachers, teacher aides, itinerant teachers, and Deaf paraprofessionals. Related articles are listed in the publications link above.
As a qualified and practising interpreter of New Zealand and American Sign Languages, Rachel has also had long involvement in development of the interpreter profession in NZ. She was the founding President of the Sign Language Interpreters Association of New Zealand (SLIANZ), is a member of the NZSL Tutors Association (NZSLTA), the NZ Society for Translators and Interpreters (NZSTI), the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI), and a board member of Interpreting New Zealand a non-profit organisation which serves speakers of all community languages.