My name is Tom Moran, and I am  a full-time ASL instructor  at Bakersfield College. 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 English.

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. 

I 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 1995. 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.