ASLTA recognizes the contributions made by members to the field of ASL education or to the Association at each national professional development conference. Prior to the conference, announcements will be made inviting nominations for the various awards. If you have questions regarding ASLTA’s awards, please contact the Professional Development chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each award and past recipients are listed below.
Stephen M. Ryan Teacher of the Year Award
This award honors Stephen M. Ryan (1958 – 1995), ASL comedian, storyteller, and teacher.
Given to a person possessing ASLTA certification, who has made major contributions to the cultural and humorous aspects of ASL instruction.
|2000||E. Lynn Jacobowitz|
|2002||Sam and Tom Holcomb|
|2009||Leslie C. Greer|
This award honors Terence James O’Rourke, civil rights activist, ASL teacher, publisher, and advocate in recognizing ASL as a language, and a pioneer in establishing ASL programs.
Given to an ASLTA member who has contributed significantly to the field of ASL teacher education.
|2005||Ella Mae Lentz|
|2007||Jason E. Zinza|
George Veditz Award
This award honors George W. Veditz (1861 – 1937), NAD President remembered for his courageous leadership, advocacy, and efforts to preserve ASL by spearheading a film project that has had lasting influence.
Given to an individual in recognition of significant contributions to the field of ASL. This is the most prestigious ASLTA award presented to individuals in the field of ASL education. Recipients are not necessarily members of ASLTA.
|1994||Ella Mae Lentz, Ken Mikos, Cheri Smith|
|1998||Marie Jean Philip|
|2002||Lou Fant (posthumous)|
|2009||E. Lynn Jacobowitz|
|2011||Larry Forestal (posthumous)|
|2013||Patricia G. Beech|
Chapter Excellence Award
This award is presented to an ASLTA chapter whose leaders and members have done an outstanding job in increasing membership, promoting fundraising, providing professional development activities, and promoting ASLTA.
The ASLTA Board selects the recipient upon the recommendation of the Chapters Chair.
|1996||Greater New York ASLTA|
|2007||Maryland ASLTA (formerly Frederick Chapter)|
|2009||North Carolina ASLTA|
Sponsor Excellence Award
This award is given to a for-profit company or non-profit organization in recognition of its dedicated support and continuous service to ASLTA and affiliated chapters.
The ASLTA Board selects recipients of this award.
|1998||National Association of the Deaf|
|2000||MSM Productions / Matthew Moore|
|2002||Educational Technology Resource Room and Instructional Design - NTID Evaluation at NTID|
|2005||Conference of Interpreter Trainers|
|2007||Sign Media, Inc.|
|2011||Sign Media, Inc.|
|2013||Gallaudet University Department of ASL and Deaf Studies|
|2015||Sign Media, Inc.|
Marie Jean Philip
Established in 2013, this award is in honor of Marie Jean Philip (1953 – 1997), who was an international advocate for ASL as a heritage and modern language for all people. She was a noted promotor of bilingual and bicultural education for Deaf children.
This award is given to a K-12 instructor teaching ASL as a heritage or world language and is actively involved in expanding language and literary opportunities outside of the classroom.
|2013||ASL Honor Society:
Jason E. Zinza
|2017||ASL That!: Joseph Wheeler|
Alan “ALB” Barwiolek Distinguished Service Award
This award honors Alan Roy “ALB” Barwiolek (1952 – 1996), better known as ALB, ASL teacher, performer, and advocate dedicated to the ideals of to ASLTA and to service to others. Long after his term as chair of the Evaluation and Certification program ended, he gave freely of his professional expertise to support the certification of ASL teachers, truly reflecting the mission and purpose of ASLTA.
This award is given in recognition of an individual’s contributions to the Evaluation program, and is selected by the current Evaluation Chair.
|1998||Keith Cagle, Laura Thomas, Chuck Gramly|
|2009||JaNahne McReady-Johnston, Patricia G. Beech|
|2013||Sharon Lott, Ken Mikos, Bill Newell|
|2015||Amy June Rowley, Glenna Ashton, E. Lynn Jacobowitz|
|2019||Glenna Ashton, Lisa Johnston, Sharon Lott|
Isabelle Calvacca Award
This special award was created by the President of ASLTA in 2005 in honor of Isabelle Calvacca and her dedication to ASLTA. It is presented to an individual who has been most helpful to the President in accomplishing the mission and goals of ASLTA.
The recipient is selected by the President.
|2019||Amy T. Andersen, Jason E. Zinza|
Dr. Nathie Marbury Memorial Award
Dr. Nathie Marbury was a true pioneer at heart—she was the first Black Deaf woman in her endeavors as an educator such as the following: Masters program graduate of the National Leadership Training Program for the Deaf at California State University, Northridge; instructor at the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School for the Deaf; and appointed Board member-at-large of the National Association of the Deaf. Dr. Marbury was a also a masterful storyteller, artistic performer, and teacher. Dr. Nathie Marbury award nominees must be members of ASLTA.
This award is given to a person of color who is an ASLTA member and works as a K-12 and/or post-secondary instructor. This individual has demonstrated exemplary work in at least one of the following areas:
- Advocating for civil rights and social justice issues in the Deaf community.
- Teaching a Deaf culture course focusing on an intersectionality lens, signed linguistic rights, and advocacy in the Deaf community.
Excellent Service Award
This award is given in recognition of outstanding service to ASLTA for special accomplishments as needed.
The ASLTA Board selects recipients.
|2013||National ASL Standards Committee:
Dr. Glenna Ashton
Dr. Kim Brown Kurz
Dr. Keith M. Cagle
Dr. William J. Newell
Dr. Richard Peterson
Dr. Jason E. Zinza