Ms. Nicole D. Thorn

Assistant Professor of ASLI

Nicole Thorn
Nicole Thorn
(434) 592-5888


A native of New Jersey, Nicole Thorn earned both her undergraduate and first master's degree in New York.  She had the unique opportunity to attend the National Technical Institute of the Deaf (NTID) and Galludet (then College) for her teaching and interpreting practicums. 

Upon completing her training she, and her beloved husband and three children relocated to Georgia where she enjoyed teaching the Deaf in a public mainstream program.  She was also employed as an educational and freelance interpreter and was very active in the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.  It was in Georgia that she researched, developed, and established a pilot program for an innovative method for the language instruction of Deaf children.  The program gained recognition by the state university. 

A professional relocation for her husband brought the family to Virginia.  Ms. Thorn spent several months working with a large interpreter agency based in Washington DC where she feels blessed to have been exposed to a wide variety of interpreting experiences including theatrical, concert, government, corporate, and medical.

When she was nearing completion of her second master's degree, at Liberty University, the Lord orchestrated her current career position as Coodinator of Deaf and Hard of Hearing services and Program Director for the American Sign Language and Interpreting program.  Ms. Thorn and her husband Ken live in Bedford County where she enjoys the mountains and backpacks whenever she is able.


M.A. in Deaf Education/Deaf Rehabilitation, New York University
M.A. in Human Services, liberty University
B.A. in Sociology and Deafness, Hartwick College

Courses Taught

  • ASLI 101: American Sign Language I
  • ASLI 212: Fingerspelling and Numbers
  • ASLI 305: Introduction to Interpreting
  • ASLI 320: Sociocultural Linguistic Processing
  • ASLI 401: English to ASL Interpreting I
  • ASLI 402: English to ASL Interpreting II
  • ASLI 403: ASL to English Interpreting I
  • ASLI 404: ASL to English Interpreting II
  • ASLI 410: Interpreting Professional Ethics
  • ASLI 498/499: Practicum/Internship


National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Certificate of Interpretation (CI)
National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Certificate of Transliteration (CT)
Certified Pastoral Care Specialist
Virginia Quality Assurance Screening rater (for sign language interpreters)


Cobb County In-Service, Cobb County, Georgia 2001. Integrated Language Program: Philosophy and Methods
Cobb County In-Service, Cobb County, Georgia 2000. Bilingual Instruction for Deaf Children
Cobb County In-Service, Cobb County, Georgia 2000. Improved Language Instruction for Deaf Children
United Methodist Church Conference, Roswell, Georgia 1999. Keynote speaker: Deaf Ministries

Institutional/Community/Christian Service

Program Director, American Sign Language and Interpreting
Developed major in American Sign Language and Interpreting
Currently developing minor in American Sign Language
Assessment Committee, Modern Languages
Advisor, ASL Silent Club, Student Government Association
Volunteer community interpreting
Active member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), Virginia Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (VRID), and Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT)
Missions work, Guatemala
Tutor, deaf student in Guatemala
Member Appalachian Trail Conservancy