Sign language linguistics; Teaching and learning sign language; Interpreting; Deaf community and culture; Deaf education
BA(Hons)(VUW), MA, PhD UCLA, Certificate in Interpreting Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, USA
Rachel McKee is Programme Director of NZSL Studies, teaching in a programme that trains Deaf people as teachers of NZSL (Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching New Zealand Sign Language), and in undergraduate NZSL and Linguistics courses. Rachel also supervises post-graduate research in Deaf Studies within the MA in Applied Linguistics and PhD in Applied Linguistics.
Rachel has published research across a range of areas in Deaf Studies including sign language interpreting, linguistic analysis of NZSL, sociolinguistic issues in NZSL, and deaf children in schools She is a member of the Deaf Studies Research Unit.
Qualified as an interpreter of New Zealand and American Sign Languages, Rachel has contributed to establishing the interpreter profession in NZ. She was the founding President of the Sign Language Interpreters Association of New Zealand (SLIANZ). Also 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 serves as Board secretary of Interpreting New Zealand a non-profit organisation which serves various community language speakers.
Currently serving on several government advisory groups addressing policy relating to NZSL: (i) NZSL Advisory Board, (Ministry of Social Development), (ii) Special Advisory Group on NZSL, (Ministry of Education), (iii) NZSL National Certificate of Educational Achievement Advisory Group, (iv) NZSL Proficiency Assessment Tool Reference Group (Ministry of Education).