Instructors and Contacts

Program Chair / Instructor: Michael J. Piper, M.L., M.A.

Michael J. Piper, M.A., M.L., is Program Chair and Instructor of the DMACC Interpretation and Translation Program. Michael completed his B.A. degree in English Linguistics/Spanish at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), where he also completed the Certificate of Competence in English-Spanish/Spanish-English Written and Oral Translation. He earned his M.A. degree in Spanish from UNI, and a Master of Linguistics from El Colegio de México in Mexico City, where he also completed coursework for the doctoral program in Linguistics. Michael is currently in his second year of law school at Drake University Law School.

Michael is certified by the National Association of Judiciary Interpreter and Translators (NAJIT) as a Spanish-English Court Interpreter/Translator, by the Iowa Judicial Branch as a Spanish Court Interpreter, and by the American Translators Association (ATA) as a translator of English into Spanish. In addition to NAJIT and ATA, he is a member of the Iowa Interpreters and Translators Association (President since 2004), the Society for the Study of Translation and Interpretation (Board member since 2004), the American Translation and Interpreting Studies Association, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas, and the American Bar Association.

Michael's ITR teaching and research areas include Judiciary ITR, Business ITR, ITR Pedagogy, Tools for the Interpreter and Translator, Fundamentals of Interpretation, and Fundamentals of Translation.

Adjunct Instructor: Dayna L. Weltzin, M.A.

Dayna L. Weltzin, M.A., is Adjunct Instructor of Interpretation and Translation. Dayna holds a Bachelors degree in Spanish/Speech and Communications from Gustavus Adolphus College, and a Master of Arts in Translation from the Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain.

Dayna has served as a bilingual social worker for the Iowa Department of Human Services, and is currently employed at Mercy Medical Center as Bilingual Resource Coordinator. She is a member of the Iowa Interpreters and Translators Association (Vice President since 2006).

Dayna's ITR teaching and research interests include: Healthcare ITR, Human Services ITR, Introduction to Interpretation and Translation, and Fundamentals of Translation.