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Tyler Derreth, PhD

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room W1600
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, 2018
BA, Dickinson College, 2011


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 and Awards

2020 Delta Omega Award for Innovation in Curriculum

2016 James T. and Mary C. Harris Endowed Student Research Award

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Social Justice
  • Service-Learning
  • University-Community Partnerships
  • Community Engagement
  • Critical Theory
  • Sociocultural Theory
  • Critical Whiteness Studies

Recent Publications

  • Ortagus, J. & Derreth, R. T. (2020). “A grounded theory of the provision of online education: Reconciling revenue and quality.” Teachers College Record.
  • Derreth, R. T. & Guthrie, D. (2019). “Presbyterians and Higher Education.” Eds. G. S. Smith & P. C. Kemeny. The Oxford Handbook of Presbyterianism. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • 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.
  • Derreth, R. T. (2017). A bright future: Liberal arts for the 21st century. Higher Education in Review.
  • Derreth, R. T., Hulbert, A., Montgomery, R., & Snyder, P. (2016). State authorization of online education: Implications for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Higher Education in Review, Special Edition.