Faculty

William J. Rennie, M.A.

Professor, College of Education

Phone: 714-414-6116 (text only)                  
Email: wowbill@sbcglobal.net           

EDUCATION:

  • M.A., Special Education, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • M.A., Special Education for the Deaf, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • M.A.F., Mechanical Engineering, Printmaking, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York

            
CAREER HISTORY:

  • Adjunct Professor: Hope International University, 2011-Present
  • Professor: California State University, Long Beach, 2007-Present
  • Instructor: Rio Hondo College, Whittier, 1998-Present
  • Owner: Sign Language Factory, 1989-Present
  • Mechanical Engineer: Rockwell International, 1984-1988
  • Instructor: Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

COURSES:

  • Disciplinary/Interdisciplinary Methods of Teaching American Sign Language

KEY AWARDS/AFFILIATIONS:

  • 2011 Lou Fant Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Service in the Deaf
  • Community
  • Member, Southern California Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
  • Advisor, ASL Club, CSULB
  • Former President of Whittier Club for the Deaf     

ACADEMIC INTERESTS:

  • The Linguistics of American Sign Language
  • Deaf Culture
  • History of American Sign Language
  • Deaf Ministries in the Church

PUBLICATIONS: 

  •  “Introduction to Deaf Idioms” DVD

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS:
Bill Rennie presents ASL workshops all across the country on the following topics:

  • ASL Homonyms & Synonyms
  • Basic ASL Structure
  • Classifiers & How to Use Them
  • Deaf Culture 
  • Deaf Idioms
  • Developing Finger Spelling Receptive Skills
  • Facial Expressions, Body Language & ASL
  • "How Do You Sign....?"  Variations of Signs
  • Improving ASL Receptive Skills
  • Improving Finger Spelling Expressive Skills
  • Interpreting at Church
  • Interpreting Songs & Poems
  • Numbers, Numbers & More Numbers!
  • Religious Signs
  • Sentence Structure Using Modals
  • Sentence Structure Using Rhetorical Questions
  • Starting a Deaf Ministry
  • "Who's Talking Now"... It's All About Placement

Bill has also written and produced his own ASL comedy show called Nobody Famous! that he has performed all over the country.
HOBBIES/INTERESTS:
My family, working on the never ending projects around our home, going to the movies, and riding my Harley when I have the time. Love social networking, meeting new people, and students. 

PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION:
My philosophy of Education is….make mistakes….cause that’s how we learn.

SCRIPTURE:
My favorite scripture is “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart. Lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

RECOMMENDED LINKS:

  • SignLanguageFactory.net
  • ASLpro.com

RECOMMENDED BOOKS:

  • Loss for Words by LuAnn Walker
  • The History of American Sign Language by Carol J. Nickens

RECOMMENDED DVDs

  • Love is Never Silent (movie)
  • Introduction to Audism (educational-How Deaf are discriminated against)
  • Introduction to Deaf Idioms (educational)

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