Burdett, Ron: Deaf Studies Faculty Member and Division Dean

Ron was hired as a full time Deaf Studies faculty member in September 1973.  He was one of the Pioneer Faculty at the Serra Campus on Washington Boulevard in Fremont.  He was instrumental in the development of the Deaf Center there and participated directly in preparing for the move to the permanent campus on Mission Boulevard in 1974.  Ron went on to become a Division Dean and he retired in 2004, after 31 years of distinguished service to the college.  Upon his retirement, he was granted Emeritus status.

Ron was a highly respected and innovative teacher.  He was a true professional in every sense of the word helping students to achieve their educational goals and helping them realize the reward of perseverance and self-advocacy.  Ron was a passionate advocate for job training and placement for deaf and hard of hearing students.  He helped form partnerships with Vocational Rehabilitation and secure Workability III funding for career education services.  He worked with local businesses to promote hiring of deaf students, including a large cooperative education program with the 3M Company.

Ron was always active in college service.  He represented his colleagues, the college community and the deaf community with distinction on many departmental, colleges-wide, strategic planning, and hiring committees shaping the future of the college.

Ron served as Division Director beginning in 1988 and further as the Division Dean for Deaf Studies and Special Services beginning in 1997.  As an administrator, he demonstrated superior leadership earning the respect and admiration of students, college faculty, staff and administration.

Ron worked to build the outstanding reputation of the Ohlone College Deaf Center both nationally and internationally and to advance high-quality educational opportunities for deaf students earning widespread recognition as a respected role model and source of inspiration for deaf individuals.