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Bryan Whitley-Grassi

Bryan Whitley-Grassi

Adjunct Professor

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My name is Professor Whitley-Grassi. I am a Adjunct Professor at Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY. in the Department of Sociology and a doctoral student at SUNY University at Albany. My current research interests include: LGBTQ+ History, Social Studies Education, Sociology of Education, Political Sociology, Social Policy and Public Administration, LGBT and Minority Representations in Museum Display, Women & Gender Studies. I additionally have expertise in Public Policy Decision-Making, Heritage Tourism, Sociology of the Family, Social Movements, Semiotic Analysis, Social Systems Theory, Native American Culture, and Public History.

I am also a Professional Development Specialist at the Center for School Improvement and Professional Development at Orleans/Niagara BOCES in Sanborn, NY. I provide Instructional Support in the areas of Social Studies, Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education, Educational Leadership, and Online/Blended Learning. I am a former 7-12 social studies teacher at Buffalo Public Schools and Global Concepts Charter School.

My educational background includes: 

  • I am currently a doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in Society, Equity, and Social Studies at SUNY University at Albany in Albany, NY focusing on LGBTQ+ History in Social Studies Education.
  • MS in Educational Leadership at Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY focusing on the implementation of educational policy in urban charter schools
  • MA in Social Policy from Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, NY where I published the thesis “Heritage tourism: Historical society museums, cultural production, and policymaking.”
  • Advanced Certificate in Secondary Social Studies Education from SUNY University at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY where I completed my graduate research project “How do instructional learning teams (ILTs) and team planning enhance student learning in the Thoughtful Classroom?”
  • BA in History with a minor in Gender & Women’s Studies from Georgia Southern University (Armstrong Campus) in Savannah, GA where I published my undergraduate thesis “No Room for Squares: Transportation in 1911 Savannah.”
I am an experienced national lecturer in LGBT Issues and former nonprofit executive for an LGBT Health & Human Services agency in Buffalo, NY. I enjoy teaching and learning. I like to have fun when I teach and hope that my courses are both informative and engaging.]