Julie Johnson
400 Pacific Street E101
(831) 647-3089

As a high-school exchange student in France, Julie Johnson experienced the distress of getting off the plane and hardly understanding a word. By the end of that year, she had earned her baccalauréat French secondary degree with honors.

She went on to study international relations and French at University of California, Davis. On a social-justice learning trip to Cuernavaca, Mexico she experienced interpreted communication first hand and was captivated: the interpreter was absolutely pivotal and yet a fly on the wall, able to observe and learn. This greatly appealed to Julie as both a livelihood and way of being in the world.

After another stint in France, Julie earned a Masters in French Translation and Interpretation here at the Middlebury Institute, and has worked as a professional translator and interpreter ever since. She primarily interprets for executive seminars, governmental missions and legal proceedings; translates legal, financial, and technical documents; and offers trainings for court interpreters and government linguists. 

Julie also started teaching at the Institute and serving on the boards of the Northern California Translators Association and the American Translator’s Association. In 2009, she undertook a doctorate in Learning and Instruction at University of San Francisco as a way of further underpinning and enriching her teaching practice. In 2014 she received the Leslie Eliason Excellence in Teaching Award.

Areas of Interest

Much of Julie’s current research and activities are motivated by a desire to support students through the difficult and often humbling process of developing professional competence. Along the way she has examined and extended Cognitive Load Theory as it applies to interpreting and other cognitively-demanding performative tasks. In this context, Julie has brought mindfulness training to the curriculum at MIIS, to the Summer Language Schools at Middlebury College, and to the Bread Loaf Orion and Translators conferences.

Academic Degrees

  • EdD in Learning and Instruction, University of San Francisco
  • MA in French Translation & Interpretation, Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • BA in International Relations and French, University of California at Davis
  • Baccalauréat, Philosophy with two living foreign languages, Lycée Mansart, France

Professor Johnson has been teaching at the Institute since 1988.

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