Student Profile

Brian Riley

PhD Candidate - SO&EP

Program: PhD – SO&EP

“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: [1])

M.A. in Linguistics, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC (including consortium classes at Georgetown University and the University of the District of Columbia). (Courses taken: [1])

B.A. in Mathematics (Computer Science option), California State University, Fresno (including one semester at Ohlone College in Fremont, CA). (Courses taken: [1])



Language Arts and Literature (The California Community Colleges). [1]



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), UC Davis.

SOC 025: Sociology of Popular Culture (TA), UC Davis.

SOC 003: Social Problems (TA), UC Davis.

SOC 001: Introduction to Sociology (TA), UC Davis.



“Interactive Dialog Agents for Social Language Development and Listening Comprehension” (Funded by the National Science Foundation’s EAGER program, Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research), UC Davis

Graduate Academic Achievement & Advocacy Program (GAAAP), UC Davis.

Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grant, UC Davis.



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. [1]

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.



Senior/sole author:

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.

In collaboration:

Lucas, C., Aramburo, A., Cerney, B., Jacobowitz, E.L., Levine, P., Patschke, C., Riley, B. and J. Ward. 1987. “An Annotated Bibliography of Bilingualism and Deafness”, Sign Language Studies, No. 55 (Summer 1987), pp. 97-139.




Smith H.J., Riley B.K., Reed L., Harrison V., Walker M., Neff M. (2019) The Impact of Multi-character Story Distribution and Gesture on Children’s Engagement. In: Cardona-Rivera R., Sullivan A., Young R. (eds) Interactive Storytelling. ICIDS 2019. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 11869. Springer, Cham

(One of only five papers nominated for ‘Best Paper’ at the ICIDS conference.)

“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.)

Non-linear Sign Language Phonology,” presented at the California State University, Fresno Linguistics Colloquium Series, October 26, 1990.


The Bilingual-Bicultural Revolution in Deaf Education,” UC Davis.

“Philosophy of Deaf Education,” UC Davis.

“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)

Cross-departmental committees:
Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium, Executive Committee
Graduate Ally Coalition (GAC) core committee
Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium, PR Committee
Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium, Hiring Committee

Campus committees, boards and commissions:
UC Davis committee to hire new Provost, interview panelist
UC Davis committee to hire new Vice-Chancellor for Research, interview panelist
UC Davis committee to hire new Vice-Chancellor–Development, interview panelist
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, GSA rep
UC Davis/City of Davis: City – UCD Student Liaison Commission
UC Davis Student Services and Fees Administrative Advisory Committee

State level, UC system-wide committees:
UC Student Association (UCSA), UC Presidents’ Council (student government presidents)
UC Northern Regional Nominating Commission to select UC Student Regent

National level:
UC Davis GSA rep to the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS) annual conference, Boston, Massachusetts
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
Chancellor Search 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 (“Apollo Tutoring”), 2003-2004.

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 (UCLA), 1989.

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, translation, 1988.

Instructor, Valley Advocacy and Communication Center for the Deaf (VACC), Clovis, California, 1987-88.

Mathematics Instructor (part-time, concurrent with full-time graduate studies), Gallaudet College/Gallaudet University, 1986-87.



Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium, UC Davis. (As GSA Chair, served as supervisor of the conference organizer.)

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Conference, Dallas, Texas. (As DBC board member, met with conference organizers.)

Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, San Francisco. (Served as a student volunteer.)

The Western Conference on Linguistics (WECOL), held at UC Davis. (Served as a student volunteer.)

Deaf Bilingual Coalition (DBC) Education Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Served as official conference blogger and co-conference organizer.)

Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR), University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, June 1986. (Served as volunteer interpreter for sign language phonology presentation.)



On democracy and social revitalization–Steve Wozniak supports a back-to-school, back-to basics approach,” The California Aggie, p. 3.

New breakthroughs in quantum computing–Physicists move forward in computer processor design,” The California Aggie, p. 3.

Focusing on human-microbe relationships–Reassessing the roles of microbes and antibacterials in human health,” The California Aggie, p. 3.

Steve Wozniak to appear at Mondavi Center–Informal ‘conversation’ to cover topics including education reform,” The California Aggie, p. 2.

Interview with Steve Wozniak,”August 16, 2012.

The human colonization of space–Experts emphasize research and incremental planning,” The California Aggie, p. 3.

The human colonization of space–Experts emphasize research and incremental planning,” Republished in: Moon and Back online news website.

Interview with John Glenn.”

‘Curiosity’ rover makes spectacular landing on Mars–UC Davis professor, students involved with research,” The California Aggie.

Astronaut Stephen Robinson joins UC Davis faculty–Four-time space shuttle astronaut to set up research center on campus,” The California Aggie.

Coordinating traditional and renewable energy sources–Mathematicians address complex issues in electricity supply,” The California Aggie.

Interdisciplinary research in School of Veterinary Medicine–Wide diversity of programs, creative fusion of degrees,” The California Aggie.

Spacecraft ‘Dawn’ reaches the Asteroid Belt–Mission begins exploring asteroid Vesta,” The California Aggie.

Putting Mad Cow Disease in perspective–Related health risks in the US are extremely small, experts say,” The California Aggie.

Nematodes: coming to an ecosystem near you–Microscopic roundworms are nearly everywhere — keeping insect populations in check,”The California Aggie.

New anaerobic digester technology improves the atmosphere–UC Davis professor Ruihong Zhang invents new process,” The California Aggie.

Nuclear physicist and art critic son to discuss issues in creative process–Developing and nurturing creativity in the arts and sciences,”The California Aggie.

Solar eclipse to appear over northern California in May–Special glasses will be sold on Picnic Day,” The California Aggie.

UC Davis Cancer Center receives ‘comprehensive’ status–Designation is the proverbial ‘big deal,’ said program co-leader,” The California Aggie.

Research gives strong evidence for origin of vision in animals–Light is involved in firing of stinging cells of small sea animal,”The California Aggie.

Synthetic chemicals in food and health–Unproven claims made on both sides of debate,” The California Aggie.

The Triple Helix combines science and society–Club chapters seek to bridge divide between hard and soft sciences,” The California Aggie.

Protein plays DNA matchmaker role–UC Davis postdoctoral fellow makes important discovery,” The California Aggie.

Evolutionary ‘founder effect’ detected–Scientists conducted experiment on small Caribbean islands,” The California Aggie.

Geochemists develop new modeling techniques–UC Davis researchers study how minerals and glass interact with water,” The California Aggie.

Astronomers detect faint satellite galaxy–UC Davis professor co-authors paper in Nature magazine,” The California Aggie.

Energy through algae–New joint project explores ways to use algae as source for biofuels,” The California Aggie.

Marco Fido?–UC Davis researchers show European breeds trace back through silk tradeThe California Aggie.



Organizer, The Open UC movement, Fall 2014. [1]

Organizer, Rally on the Quad at UC Davis, Monday, November 21, 2011.

Organizer, Rally on the Quad at UC Davis, Friday, November 18, 2011.

Quoted in the Reynoso Task Force Report, March 2012, Appendix 2, p. 41.

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. [1]

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, 2009.

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. [1] [2] 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, 2006-2007.

Volunteer, Valley Public Television, KVPT-TV, Fresno, California, 2005.

Created the 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. [1]

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.

Volunteer Computer Science teacher’s assistant, Edison High School, Fresno, California, 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 Heard Gallaudet.

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 movement.

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, Spring 1984.

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, June 1985.

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 1984-1985.

Volunteer Computer Science Tutor, California School for the Deaf, Fremont, 1984.



News broadcasts and broadcast interviews:

Live interview on the “Your Call” radio program with host Rose Aguilar on KAWL FM 91.7. [1]

Live interview broadcast on NewsTalk 1530, KFBK, AM Radio, with reporter Jim Naylor, Monday, November 21, 2011. [1]

Interview on Aggie TV, November 15, 2011 with reporter Hinano Akiyama. [1] [2]

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, California.

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 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. [1]

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. 28.

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. [1]

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 Assembly meeting. [1]

Remarks given at the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA) fall banquet, UC Davis. [1]

Represented the graduate student body, as Chair of the Graduate Student Association at the UC Davis Convocation ceremony at the Mondavi Center.

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 2012. [1]

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 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. [1]

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 Network.

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. [1] [2] [3]

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, 2008.

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, 2008.

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, p. 191.

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 Bee, 2003-2009.

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 University.

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. [1]

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 newswire.

Editor-in-Chief of The Cougar’s Cry student newspaper, William John Cooper Jr.H.S.



“Marble Math” (collaborative work), D.C. Heath, 1984.

“Micrometer” (collaborative work), School & Home CourseWare Journal, 1982.

“Scientific Notation” (collaborative work), School & Home CourseWare Journal, 1982.

“Alphabetize” (collaborative work), School & Home CourseWare Journal, 1981.

“New Subtraction” (collaborative work), School & Home CourseWare Journal, 1981.


For a hyperlinked version of the above, see: brianriley (dot) us (slash) cv

*I don’t hold the record. There is another (current) graduate student who has TA’d for eight different departments.

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