“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”
(Robert Frost, 1922)
Ph.D. candidate at University of California Davis, majoring in
Education in the School Organization & Educational Policy
(SO&EP) program, with a focus on Higher Education, cultural
pluralism and bilingualism. (In progress. Courses taken:
M.A. in Linguistics, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC
(including consortium classes at Georgetown University and the
University of the District of Columbia). (Courses taken: )
B.A. in Mathematics (Computer Science option), California State
University, Fresno (including one semester at Ohlone College in
Fremont, CA). (Courses taken: )
Language Arts and Literature, Instructor Credential, BGO-CCC
ASL 1A, 1B, 2A: Beginning and Intermediate American Sign Language
(Instructor), Fresno City College.
MAT 035, 036, Algebra II, Gallaudet College/Gallaudet University.
EDU 120: Philosophical and Social Foundations of Education (TA),
SOC 025: Sociology of Popular Culture (TA), UC Davis.
SOC 003: Social Problems (TA), UC Davis.
SOC 001: Introduction to Sociology (TA), UC Davis.
GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCHER (GSR) POSITIONS
Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grant, UC Davis.
Graduate Academic Achievement & Advocacy Program (GAAAP), UC
FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS AND HONORS
California Association of the Deaf: CAD Appreciation Award for
“outstanding service to the Deaf Community with his intensive
research on issues affecting Deaf people in California and
America.” Awarded by the CAD during the 49th Biennial Conference,
August 14-16, 2009. Held at Clovis, California. 
Summer Research Fellowship, UC Davis, School of Education.
Block Grant, UC Davis, School of Education.
Block Grant, UC Davis, School of Education.
Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics awarded cum
laude, California State University, Fresno.
PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES
Riley, Brian. 2011. “The American Sign Language –
English Language – Contact Situation,” includes: “Postscript
(2011)” section, Lengua de Señas e Interpretación (LSI),
No. 2 (November 2011), Montevideo, Uruguay: Tecnicatura
Universitaria en Interpretación (TUILSU), Facultad de Humanidades
y Ciencias de la Educación (FHCE), Universidad de la República
(UdelaR), pp. 93-117.
“The American Sign Language – English Language – Contact
Situation,” presented at the Departamento de Lingüística,
Universidad de la República (Montevideo-Uruguay), Thursday,
August 18, 1988. (Published in 2011.)
“Remarks on Deaf Culture and Deaf Education,” UC Davis.
“A Lesson in American Sign Language,” UC Davis.
“Sociotechnical vs. sociocultural approaches in organizational
management,” UC Davis.
“A Lesson in Improvised Gestures,” UC Davis.
“Sign Language Linguistics,” presented to the Central California
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (CCRID).
President of the University of California Davis graduate student
body government (formal title: Graduate Student Association
Chair), representing more than 5,000 students as head of the
academic graduate student constituency:
UC Davis Graduate Student Association (GSA), Chair
GSA General Assembly (Chair)
GSA Executive Council (Chair)
GSA Hiring and Screening Committee (Chair)
GSA Chair’s Advisory Committee (Chair)
Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium,
Graduate Ally Coalition (GAC) core committee
Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium, PR
Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium,
Campus committees, boards and commissions:
UC Davis committee to hire new Provost, interview panelist
UC Davis committee to hire new Vice-Chancellor for Research,
UC Davis committee to hire new Vice-Chancellor–Development,
UC Davis committee to hire new Dean of the College of Biological
Sciences, interview panelist
UC Davis Budget Task Force (campus-wide)
UC Davis Budget Task Force (Student Affairs division)
UC Davis Academic Senate, Executive Council, GSA rep
UC Davis Academic Senate, Graduate Council, GSA rep
UC Davis Academic Senate, Academic Planning & Development
committee, GSA rep (APD)
UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association (CAAA) Board of Directors,
UC Davis/City of Davis: City – UCD Student Liaison Commission
UC Davis Student Services and Fees Administrative Advisory
State level, UC system-wide committees:
UC Student Association (UCSA), UC Presidents’ Council (student
UC Northern Regional Nominating Commission to select UC Student
UC Davis GSA rep to the National Association of
Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS) annual conference, Boston,
Candidate for NAGPS Vice President
Post-GSA Chair service:
Candidate for NAGPS President
Candidate for NAGPS President
UC Davis Academic Senate, Undergraduate Council, GSA rep
UC Davis committee to hire Associate Chancellor for Strategic
Communications, interview panelist
UC Davis committee to hire Vice-Provost and Dean of Undergraduate
Education, interview panelist
WASC On Site Review Preparation Committee, GSA rep
UC Davis Academic Senate, Executive Council, GSA rep
Advisory Committee, GSA rep
Freelance educator—began mathematics tutoring business part-time
in 1991, including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus,
statistics, and other college-level math subjects, expanded to
full-time, including additional subjects in 1999–Also taught
(’95-’99) every grade level from preschool through 12th grade at
100 schools in 22 school districts in Central California –
1991-2007. Set up and operated professional tutoring center
American Sign Language Instructor, Fresno City College (full-time
contract ’89-’90), 1988-90.
Student Affairs Officer–provided instructional support services
for Deaf graduate students, University of California Los Angeles
Sign Language Linguist Researcher under the auspices of the
Instituto de Psicología, Universidad de la República
(Montevideo-Uruguay), Director: Director: Luis E. Behares,
Co-directors: Beatriz Gabbiani and Raquel Erramouspe: Proyecto
Socialización y Pedagogía Lingüística en Uruguay–Subproyecto 3.
Moduladores Sociales, Psicolingüísticos y Lingüístico-Pedagógicos
de la Educación. Bilingüe del Sordo, 1988.
Guest Lecturer in Uruguay under the auspices of the
Inter-American Children’s Institute (IIN) of the Organization of
American States (OAS), topics: bilingualism, linguistics,
Instructor, Valley Advocacy and Communication Center for the Deaf
(VACC), Clovis, California, 1987-88.
Public Relations Chair of the Recruitment and Retention
Organizing Committee (RROC), UC Davis, 2011-2012.
Co-founder, along with Daniela Torres-Torretti, of the Student
Unity Movement online discussion forum/organizing group,
consisting of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the
University of California (UC), the California State University
(CSU), and the California Community Colleges (CCC) systems in
support of public education, Aug. 2011. 
Member of the Board of the Alliance for Deaf Bilingual Children
(formerly: Deaf Bilingual Coalition) (DBC), serving on the Public
Relations and Outreach Committees, 2009 to present. Played a
significant behind-the-scenes public-relations role in the
effective birth of the DBC during the protest in Arlington,
Virginia on July 27 and 28, 2007.
Participant in a movement to uphold the rights of children in a
matter related to newborn hearing screening, to protect deaf
infants in the life choices being made for them and to prevent
those decisions from being unduly influenced by practitioners who
are only trained in narrow specialties and professional marketers
representing vested financial interests. As member of the
California Deaf Newborn Identification & Advocacy Stakeholder
Coalition (CDNIAS), served on the Public Relations committee,
April through September 2010. Had also previously, in 2006,
written to the California First Lady on the topic of preserving
the integrity of Deaf education and received a response from her
assistant via postal mail, as part of an effort to establish a
Save Our Deaf Schools organization.
Very brief appearance via Skype and text during a plenary session
of the International Plenum for Better Education (IPBE) in
Munich, Germany. The purpose of the IPBE: uniting the student
protest movement on an international scale and igniting a
trans-European movement. Included over 200 delegates from over 50
universities from Germany, Austria (including members of the
Unibrennt movement), Switzerland, France, and Spain, November 28,
Participant in the University of California student protest
movement, including as a member of the Organizing Committee at UC
Berkeley from the initial meeting in the summer of 2009 onwards.
Played a significant role in the negotiations with the
administration during the November 24, 2009 protest in Mrak Hall
at UC Davis, which resulted in a signed agreement.
 Played a role in dealing with the police outside Mrak
Hall on the evening of November 19, 2009.
Member of the Campus Council on Community & Diversity
(CCC&D), University of California, Davis, 2009-10.
Participated in and played a significant advisory role in the
Audism Free America (AFA) protest in Washington, DC on Friday,
April 3, 2009.
Active alumni leader in the Unity for Gallaudet (UFG) protest,
Volunteer, Valley Public Television, KVPT-TV, Fresno, California,
Created the UnityAgainstTerrorism.org website, September 2001.
Participated in the French-Canadian Interview Project, organized
by Kankakee Community College professor James F. Paul, by
contributing the 1997 interview I conducted with Gerald LaMarre.
Materials are now archived at the Bourbonnais Grove Historical
Society, Bourbonnais, Illinois, 2001.
Volunteer at Kratt Elementary School in Fresno, California, with
combined third-grade classes (approximately 76 to 80 students
total per session), trying out an innovative technique I
developed in teaching the multiplication table using rhyming
words, once per week, September 1999 through February 2000.
Participated in a demonstration in the aftermath of the
announcement of the verdicts in the Rodney King beating case, at
Shaw and Blackstone Avenues, Fresno, California. Played a role in
dealing with the police, early evening, Thursday, April 30, 1992.
Assisted National Association of the Deaf (NAD) President
Lawrence Newman with public event held at Cuesta College, San
Luis Obispo, California, July 1989.
Participant in the Deaf President Now (DPN) protest movement at
Gallaudet University, including the rally at the US Capitol
building on March 11, 1988, as depicted in the photograph at the
bottom of page 126 in Jack Gannon’s book: The Week the World
Assisted the Executive Director of the National Association of
the Deaf (NAD), Gary Olsen, at the rally on the western steps of
the US Capitol on March 11, 1988, during the Deaf President Now
Participated in public relations efforts during the Deaf
President Now movement in Washington, DC, staying at the
residence of Gallaudet student George Carroll, who fielded calls
from the media, from whom I absorbed techniques to be used later,
during the Unity for Gallaudet protest. Developed an
inspirational flyer to be distributed to protesters and media
personnel, March 1988.
Meeting (1:1) with Peter Blomerley, President of Ohlone College
in Fremont, California, to discuss student pay rate issues,
Wrote a strongly worded and inspirational petition, as a member
of a democratic committee of graduate and undergraduate students
formed in September 1986 to protest Gallaudet College’s
then-longstanding simultaneous-communication policy, as part of a
plan to call for a boycott of classes to sway the administration
to allow American Sign Language to be officially used by students
and professors in the classroom. Plans to boycott classes were
put on hold, per student leader Jerry Covell’s assessment that
students were in a celebratory mood, as the campus was making
plans to officially change from college to university status in
October–the same student leader who, eighteen months later,
continued to pursue democratic efforts and was the first to push
for the formation of a student protest, including a boycott of
classes, which became the backbone of the Deaf President Now
movement, and who has been recognized as being the “spiritual
leader of the protest,” who inspired the protesters with “fiery
rhetoric.” (See the book: Deaf President Now–The 1988
Revolution at Gallaudet University, pp. 51-52.)
Met (1:1) with Ohio State Board of Education member Mary Goodrich
(District 10, representing the Muskingum County region) to give
advice on Deaf education/policy issues, March 1986.
Advised Dr. Jörg Twenhöven, the mayor of the City of Münster (in
North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany) per his request, as the
first university-level exchange student from Fresno (second
university-level student overall) to participate in the exchange
program, as part of the Fresno-Münster sister city relationship,
Participated as panel member as part of a pro-ASL, pro-Deaf
culture Deaf education workshop, making comments which elicited
enthusiastic applause from the audience during session moderated
by California State University Northridge professor Lawrence
Fleischer, held at California State University Fresno, AY
Volunteer Computer Science Tutor, California School for the Deaf,
News broadcasts and broadcast interviews:
Live interview on the “Your Call” radio program with host Rose
Aguilar on KAWL FM 91.7.
Live interview broadcast on NewsTalk 1530, KFBK, AM Radio, with
reporter Jim Naylor, Monday, November 21, 2011.
Interview on Aggie TV, November 15, 2011 with reporter Hinano
Interview on local television news with reporter Nicole Garcia of
KMPH-TV, Fresno, California, on topics related to the US
President’s State of the Union Address, January 23, 2007.
NBC Nightly News, US-nationwide television network
news segment. Shown on the news segment, on the topic of the
Unity for Gallaudet protest at Gallaudet University, reporter Tom
Costello, Washington, DC, May 9, 2006, 6:30 pm Eastern Time.
Live, hour-long interview on the topic of education on “Front and
Center,” an African American cultural affairs program on KIRV, AM
radio, with host Alonzo Fleming, August 25, 2004, Fresno,
Interview on local television news with reporter Valerie Staples
of KSEE-TV, Fresno, California, on the topic of the Deaf
President Now (DPN) movement at Gallaudet University, March 9,
1988, 11:00 pm news.
Newspaper and magazine interviews and letters:
Quoted in The Daily Californian, UC Berkeley student
newspaper: “UC President to host live web chat discussing
protests, funding,” by Veronica Reynolds, February 15, 2012.
Quoted in The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California),
“Deaf advocate, educator dies in Riverside–ACTIVIST: Lawrence R.
Newman was a former teacher of the year and an administrator,” by
Dayna Straehley, July 6, 2011, p. 3.
Mentioned in Gallaudet Today, “Class News and Notes,”
Spring 2011, p. 31.
Feature article: “Featured STUDENT Projects and Honors,” STUDENT
news & notes, Catalyst magazine, by Donna Justice, Spring 2010,
School of Education, University of California, Davis, p. 28
(print), p. 36 (expanded, online edition).
Mentioned in an Associated Press article on the topic of the
education reform movement at Gallaudet University by AP reporter
Sarah Karush, published online by the Examiner (District of
Columbia), “Commission says Gallaudet accreditation is at risk,”
and also published online by The Washington Times,
February 21, 2007.
Quoted in Bloomberg.com article, “Gallaudet University
Declines to Punish Protesters,” by Paul Basken, February 6, 2007.
Full feature-article interview: “Former student helps behind the
scenes with Gallaudet protests,” The Four-Minute Interview,
The Examiner (District of Columbia) on the topic of the
Unity for Gallaudet (UFG) movement and protest victory, written
by Scott McCabe, October 31, 2006, p. 4. 
Quoted in the Examiner (District of Columbia),
“Gallaudet University rejects incoming president,” by Scott
McCabe October 30, 2006, p. 4.
Letter to the editor in the Examiner (District of
Columbia), “Protesters are trying to save Gallaudet for the
future,” October 19, 2006, p. 20.
Quoted in the Examiner (District of Columbia), “Protests
go on over president at Gallaudet,” by Scott McCabe, October 10,
2006, p. 5.
Mentioned in the New Haven Register (Connecticut) as
part of the march to the US Capitol, during the Deaf President
Now (DPN) movement at Gallaudet University, “State students join
protest for deaf,” by Brian McGrory, March 12, 1988, pp. 1, 6.
Chronicle of Higher Education interviews and letter:
Quoted in online article, “Thousands Protest Budget Cuts on U. of
California Campuses,” by Josh Keller, September 24, 2009.
Letter to the editor published on the topic of Deaf education
(print edition), headline: “Politics and Education at Gallaudet,”
November 16, 2007, Vol. 54, Issue 12, p. A47.
Quoted in online article, headline: “A Year After Protests,
Gallaudet Sees Progress, but Key Dispute Remains”, print
headline: “A Year After Turmoil, Gallaudet Sees Progress and
Problems,” by Paul Basken, October 26, 2007, Vol. 54, Issue 9, p.
Quoted in article (print edition) “Relief at Gallaudet,” by
Sierra Millman, May 18, 2007, Vol. 53, Issue 37, p. A7.
Mentioned in article, online headline: “How Student Protesters
Toppled a Would-Be President at Gallaudet U.,” November 3, 2006,
print headline: “A Protest Topples a President,” by Elizabeth
Farrell, November 10, 2006, Vol. 53, Issue 12, pp. A39-A41.
Remarks at the rally on the Memorial Union Patio at UC Davis,
March 1, 2012. 
Represented the academic graduate student body, as Chair of the
Graduate Student Association and member of the Graduate Council
of the UC Davis Academic Senate at the 2011 Division of Graduate
Studies Commencement Ceremony in the ARC Pavilion.
Remarks given at the UC Davis Interdisciplinary Graduate and
Professional Student Symposium (IGPS).
Speech given at the UC Davis Academic Senate, Representative
Remarks given at the Black Graduate and Professional Student
Association (BGPSA) fall banquet, UC Davis. 
Represented the graduate student body, as Chair of the Graduate
Student Association at the UC Davis Convocation ceremony at the
Remarks given at the UC Davis “Building Communities” dinner.
Served as escort to Gallaudet Homecoming Princess Belinda
McCleese for the homecoming pep rally.
Created unofficial German-to-English translation of article:
“John Lennons verlorenes Wochenende” (Der Spiegel,
August 1, 1983) for private client, with Melanie Stanek,
proofreader, April 2015.
Science reporter for The California Aggie, University of
California Davis student newspaper, Spring, Summer, and Fall
Contributor to the “One Small Step” annotated transcript of the
Apollo 11 Moon landing as part of the Apollo 11 Lunar Surface
Journal on the NASA.gov website: 109:18:15 and 109:53:53 on
the transcript, August 2012.
Wrote press release that was quoted in the Los Angeles
Times, (Print:) “LAWRENCE R. NEWMAN, 1925 – 2011 – Ardent
advocate for the deaf,” (Online:) “Lawrence R. Newman dies at 86;
a prominent advocate for the deaf–A two-term president of the
National Assn. of the Deaf, he was a former longtime teacher and
administrator at the California School for the Deaf in
Riverside), by Dennis McLellan, Wednesday, July 6, 2011, p. AA6.
Columnist for The California Aggie, University of
California Davis student newspaper, Fall 2010. 
Quoted in an Academic Workers for a Democratic Union (AWDU) press
release, November 26, 2010.
As a member of the Public Relations Committee of the California
Deaf Newborn Identification & Advocacy Stakeholder Coalition
(CDNIAS), facilitated contact with The Sacramento Bee
and advised writer Susan Ferriss on the issues for an article
published online (“Deaf activists voice objections to bill”) and
in print in The Sacramento Bee, August 20, 2010, p. A3.
Article was also published online by the Lexington Herald-Leader
(Kentucky) via the McClatchy D.C. Bureau and the McClatchy
Advised authors Harlan Lane, Richard Pillard and Ulf Hedberg on
issues analyzed and information presented in the book: The
People of the Eye–Deaf Ethnicity and Ancestry, New York:
Oxford University Press, 2011.
Translation into English (Austrian Sign
Language-to-German-to-English) of Helene Jarmer’s inaugural
speech as a newly elected member of the Austrian parliament, July
10, 2009, posted on her official website, July 13, 2009. 
Script Editor (with Christine O’Donnelly) of the film: “I Sign
and I Live”—Written, produced, and directed by Aidan Mack.
Director of Photography Matthew Selkirk. Starring Jehanne
McCullough, Samantha Luciano, Julie Crawford, and Wendall Forbes,
Jr. (32 minutes). New York: AidanMackFilms, 2009.
Advised author Gerald Prokopowicz on information included in the
book: Did Lincoln Own Slaves?–And Other Frequently Asked
Questions About Abraham Lincoln, New York: Pantheon Books,
Wrote an article in the Fall 2008 edition of The
Endeavor, a publication of the American Society for Deaf
Children, titled: “Deaf
Education and American Politics: The Dynamic Unity of a Free
Society,” which orients and guides the reader toward a
comprehensive view of education policy affecting Deaf students.
Gains in education, authentic social harmony, and other
supportive goals are not attained through authoritarian,
“top-down” measures, but are promoted through
grassroots/bottom-up processes that are dynamic. Bilingualism and
other forms of intra- and intercultural cooperation facilitate a
process that the Higher Education for American Democracy report
called “democratic reconciliation.” With the fast pace of
technological development overtaking the pace of social
development, effective education policy attains a heightened
importance in school and governmental affairs.
Wrote a widely read online editorial titled “Gearing Up,” as
official conference blogger for the Deaf Bilingual Coalition
Education Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 27, 2008.
Created detailed, hyperlinked version of George Veditz’
valedictorian address, “The Hohenstaufen Era of German
Literature,” delivered at the Presentation Day exercises of the
National Deaf-Mute College, Wednesday, May 7th, 1884. Posted as
guest blogger on the Fookem and Bug blog, January 28,
Translation (ASL-to-English) of Robert Davila’s acceptance speech
as newly appointed President of Gallaudet University, December
10, 2006, quoted in the book: Moments of Truth–Robert R.
Davila–The Story of a Deaf Leader by Harry G. Lang, Oscar P.
Cohen and Joseph E. Fischgrund, Rochester, NY: RIT Press, 2007,
Wrote press release that was quoted in an article published on
the front page of the New York Times, “At Gallaudet,
Board Gives Up on New Leader,” October 30, 2006, pp. A1, A19.
Wrote a well-known six-part online press release (5600 words)
that was redistributed by Deaf news services and seen by tens of
thousands of people in the American Deaf community, which
significantly influenced the debate surrounding the events of the
ongoing Unity for Gallaudet Protest titled: “Gallaudet’s
Fernandes wants all state deaf schools closed down, protesters
say,” June 30, 2006.
As a member of the Faculty Student Staff Alumni coalition (FSSA),
advised NBC national news correspondent Tom Costello for news
segment on the topic of the Unity for Gallaudet protest movement
at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, broadcast nationwide
on NBC Nightly News, May 9, 2006.
Translation (ASL-to-English) of Dr. Tom Holcomb’s video message
to the Gallaudet community on the topic of the Gallaudet Board’s
decision on the choice for president, posted on Joey Baer’s vlog
and distributed via press release, May 9, 2006.
Translation (ASL-to-English) of Dr. E. Lynn Jacobowitz’ comments
at the open forum with Gallaudet Board of Trustees members, May
5, 2006, translation by Brian Riley, Ben Bahan, Chris Heuer, E.
Lynn Jacobowitz and Patti Raswant, posted on the FSSA website and
distributed via press release.
Distributed over 2,000 updates, starting on May 1, 2006 as part
of the Unity for Gallaudet protest, including press releases,
news flashes and updates, continuing to present.
Guest columnist for Valley Voices section of The Fresno
Joined the Unity for Gallaudet protest on May 2, 2006, flying to
Wash DC on Friday, May 5, 2006, making Congressional contacts
along the way. Wrote press releases, and co-wrote a petition
addressed to members of the US Congress, as a member of the
Faculty Student Staff Alumni coalition (FSSA) at Gallaudet
Wrote an article for the entertainment section of the Daily
Journal (Kankakee, Illinois) on the topic of the end of the
long-running Bozo’s Circus television show on WGN-TV, “‘Worth
it,’ says 6th grader who skipped school for ‘Bozo,’” August
31-September 1, 2001, p. C5.
Wrote two-part feature article: “Deaf Civil rights: Gallaudet
Protest– Nationwide Issue” (Parts I and II), in the Valley
Advocacy and Communication Center Newsletter, May/June and
July/August issues, 1988, Vol. 4, Nos. 3 and 4.
Advised Carol Sikorski, Public Affairs Director and host of
“Timeline,” an hour-long, live talk show produced at KMTF-TV, the
PBS affiliate in Fresno, California, titled “Life in a Deaf
World,” broadcast July 14, 1988, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.
Advised editor-reporter Anthony O. Miller of the United Press
International (UPI), as a participant in the Deaf President Now
(DPN) protest at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, for
articles released March 13 and 14, 1988 on the UPI international
Editor-in-Chief of The Cougar’s Cry student newspaper,
William John Cooper Jr.H.S.