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Assistant Teaching Professor

Tyler Derreth, PhD, researches critical pedagogy, equitable teaching and learning practices, and university-community partnerships to advance justice in education and communities.

Contact Info

615 N. Wolfe Street, Room W1600

Research Interests

Teaching and Learning; Social Justice; Service-Learning; University-Community Partnerships; Community Engagement; Critical Theory; Sociocultural Theory; Critical Whiteness Studies
Experiences & Accomplishments
The Pennsylvania State University
Dickinson College
Dr. Tyler Derreth is the Associate Director of SOURCE and faculty in the department of Health, Behavior, and Society. His research concentrates on urban community–university partnerships, critical pedagogies, and equitable educational practices. He also centers his research agenda on issues of social justice, race, and identity. In particular, he is focused on developing equitable urban university–community partnerships through service-learning and other academic practices that center marginalized voices in a critical educational environment. He primarily uses qualitative methods to examine institutional, social, and cultural questions around education and justice.

Dr. Derreth earned his PhD in Higher Education at Penn State University. Before entering academia, he was a middle school English teacher in the Baltimore City School District.
Honors & Awards
2020 Delta Omega Award for Innovation in Curriculum

2016 James T. and Mary C. Harris Endowed Student Research Award
Select Publications
Recent Publications
  • Derreth, R. T., Jones, V. C., and Levin, M. B. (2021). “Preparing public health professionals to address social injustices through critical service-learning." Pedagogy in Health Promotion.
  • Derreth, R. T. and Wear, M. (2021). “Critical online service-learning pedagogy: Justice in science education.” Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, 22(1).
  • Derreth, R. T. and Lee, K. (2021). “Teaching and the art of letting go.” Hybrid Pedagogy.
  • Ortagus, J., & Derreth, R. T. (2020). “Like having a tiger by the tail”: A qualitative analysis of the provision of online education in higher education. Teachers College Record, 122(2), 1-32.
  • Derreth, R. T. (2018). Addressing the problem with service: Community formation, democratization, and community based learning pedagogy. Eds. T York, B. Tinkler, & A. Tinkler. Service-Learning to Advance Access & Success: Bridging Institutional and Community Capacity.
SOURCE Service-Learning Academy
CDC Interdisciplinary Learning Hubs Grant
JHU Provost's DELTA Grant