Dr. Lisa Godfrey

Professor, Sign Language InterpretingPicture


Office: Off Campus

Doctorate of Education, Learning and Leadership,University of Tennessee - Chattanooga (2010)
Masters of Science, Career Technical Education, Ferris State University (1997)
Bachelor of Arts, English and History, University of Michigan (1995)
Associate of Applied Science, Deaf Studies, C.S. Mott Community College (1992)
Associate of Applied Science, Sign Language Interpreting, C.S. Mott Community College (1992)

Special Endorsements

Master Online Teacher, University of Illinois, 2013
Certified Master Mentor for English and ASL Interpreters, Northeastern University (12 Graduate
Hours), 2006
Certificate in Teaching ASL and Interpreting, University of Colorado – Boulder (9 Graduate Hours), 2001

Dr. Godfrey began her professional career as a freelance sign language interpreter in the Flint, Michigan area in 1990. She moved south in 1997 where she served as the Department Chair for the Sign Language Interpreting Department and later the Chair for the Division of Education at Tennessee Temple University (TTU) for sixteen years. She joined the Piedmont faculty through the TTU/PIU Merger.

She currently teaches American Sign Language at Heritage High School in Catoosa County, Georgia while serving as the Director for the Sign Language Interpreting Department at Piedmont. Her undergraduate degree is a double major of English and History. She has a Master's degree in Career/Technical Education and an Ed.D. in Learning and Leadership. She holds both the Certificate of Interpretation and the Certificate of Transliteration from RID and Ed:K-12 Certification. She is a certified K-12 ASL teacher in the state of Georgia and she also holds the professional certificate from the American Sign Language Teachers Association. She has completed the course work for a certificate in Teaching ASL and Interpreting from the University of Colorado. Additionally, she completed the master mentorship program through Project TIEM online.

Dr. Godfrey is the past president of the Tennessee Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and the Chattanooga Chapter of TRID. Lisa currently serves on the executive board of the ASL Honor Society. She received both the TRID Presidents' Award and the RID Region II Representative's Award for contributions to the field of interpreting and recently received the Sorenson IEP Award of Excellence for outstanding interpreter education program. Most recently she received the Marie Jean Philip Memorial Award from the American Sign Language Teachers Association
for her contributions to the field of K-12 ASL Education.

This past year she was selected to serve at a commissioner for the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education. She resides in Ringgold, GA with her husband Kevin and two teenage children, Hannah and Josh. She and her husband lead the College and Career ministry for their church. In her free time, she loves to spend time at the lake and have bonfires with family and friends.

Courses Taught
American Sign Language I - V
Deaf Culture
Philosophy of Deaf Education
ASL Linguistics
ASL Literature
Basics of Interpreting
Expressive Interpreting
Religious Interpreting
Technical Signs
Deaf Law
Teaching American Sign Language
Introduction to the Deaf Blind Community
Fieldwork in the Deaf Blind Community
Hands of Praise
Signs of Glory
Interpreting Fieldwork