About Author: Professor Dennis Riley

Coming to the realization that to find a viable career he would have to find one in which a lack of talent would be easy​ to conceal or largely irrelevant, Dennis Riley quickly went from baseball player to baseball coach to baseball announcer to lawyer to city manager. Amazingly, he had made this remarkable progression by the age of 21 and without ever actually performing any of them as a professional. Well, he did get paid $10 per game as play by play man for Lodi California’s Post 22 American Legion baseball games in the summers of 1963 and 1964. Fortunately, the intervention of Professor Edwin James Stillings in the spring of 1965 brought Riley around to the idea of becoming a college professor. Hence the PhD in 1971 and stints at Gonzaga University from 1969-1973, the University of Minnesota, Duluth from 1973-1978, and at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) from 1978 to the present. Along the way, he was lucky enough to win the UWSP Excellence in Teaching Awards in 1980 and 1998, the Eugene Katz Award from the College of Letters and Science in 2007. In 2009 Professor Dennis Riley was voted the "Best Professor in Point" in an online poll conducted by the Pointer, the UWSP campus newspaper.

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