name is Tom Moran, and I am a full-time ASL instructor at Bakersfield
In addition to my teaching duties, I also serve as department chair for Foreign
Languages/ASL. I am hearing and have several family members who are Deaf. I have been an
interpreter since 1989 and have taught college and university courses since
1995. In addition to
teaching, I travel and lecture on topics related to sign language interpreting and
Before moving to Bakersfield, I lived in San Diego, where I taught English and Sign Language Interpreting at San Diego Mesa College. There I specialized in teaching reading and writing to students who are Deaf or hard of hearing. I continue to have a keen interest in literacy issues, particularly those involving Deaf people.
was trained at California State University,
Northridge, where I was an
undergraduate and graduate student in the Department of
English. In 1994, I earned a bachelor of arts degree in creative writing
and, in 1998, I earned a master of arts degree with distinction in rhetoric and composition
theory. In 1997 I was awarded the Mitchell Marcus Prize in English for my
research in teaching writing to Deaf students at the postsecondary level. During that time, I worked as an academic interpreter, and later as
the staff interpreter, for the National Center on Deafness. During my time at
NCOD I was a member of the Interpreter Symposium Planning Committee, served in
six mentorships and received the “Outstanding Interpreter Service Award” in
As a graduate student, I worked as a writing consultant in the university's
As a graduate student, I worked as a writing consultant in the university's writing center.
Before attending CSUN, I was a student at Golden West Community College where I completed my AA in general studies and earned a Certificate in Interpreting for Deaf People. While a student at GWC, I began interpreting at Cypress College and at Golden West College.
In my off time I enjoy photography, motorcycle touring, bicycling, and cooking. If you are interested in any of those pursuits, you may wish to search for a hidden link on my home page. I am happily married to my wonderful wife Israel, and we are the joyous new parents of our son, Donovan. The three of us reside in Northwest Bakersfield.