Sign Language Interpreting Faculty

Ashley CainAshley Cain

Assistant Professor
Madsen Center #232

Ashley Cain, a South Dakota native, returns to the state and Augustana University after teaching all levels of American Sign Language at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for seven years.  She holds her Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in American Sign Language Studies.  She later obtained her MS in Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Christa GundersonChrista Gunderson
Assistant Professor and Sign Language Interpreting Program Director
Madsen Center #231

Christa Gunderson teaches American Sign Language I, Introduction to Interpreting, Building Translation Skills and a variety of other interpreting-related courses. Prior to joining Augustana University faculty, she worked as a Sign Language Interpreter for 20 years. Christa received her M.Ed. from South Dakota State University and holds certifications in interpreting that include NAD V, NIC Advanced, SD State Level 5, and EIPA level 4.5. She has served in a variety of leadership roles within the SD Interpreting Community.

Tanya Miller

Assistant Professor


Professor Miller is a California native who currently resides in Sioux Falls, SD. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Business Administration. Tanya later settled in Sioux Falls where she worked in the business sector for more than ten years. Her Master’s Studies were through Gallaudet University where she earned a degree in Sign Language Instruction. Tanya also holds a Qualified Level Certification with the ASLTA (American Sign Language Teacher’s Association). In addition, her experience volunteering with national Deaf and Interpreting organizations and being a deaf individual herself means Professor Miller brings exceptional insight and added value to this program.

Carmen SteenCarmen Steen
Assistant Professor
Madsen Center #230

Professor Carmen Steen is a 1991 graduate of Augustana University, receiving her bachelor's degree in Deaf Education and Elementary Education. She received her M.A. in Education from the University of Sioux Falls. She teaches courses in American Sign Language.  Carmen is also responsible for the SLPI (Sign Language Proficiency Interview).  Prior to coming to Augustana, she taught at the SD School for the Deaf (SDSD) for 17 years. She holds certifications in interpreting including NAD V and EIPA level 4.8 and has been interpreting in the Sioux Falls community for more than 25 years and has been a Video Relay Service Interpreter for over 12 years.  Carmen also holds Qualified Level Certification with the ASLTA (American Sign Language Teacher’s Association). She has served on the SD Interpreter’s Association board, most recently as vice-president.