- MSW, Social Work, San Diego State University
- PhD, Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley
David Derezotes (or “drdave”) is Director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program in the College of Humanities and Professor in the College of Social Work (CSW) where he is the Chair of Mental Health, as well as the Director of the Bridge Training Clinic (BTC). He also serves as a Fellow and Project Director at the University Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE).
He is currently directing the "Transforming classrooms into inclusive communities" project with CTLE. He is leading a team of diverse faculty facilitators who are working with instructors across campus, to help them transform challenging classroom conversations into opportunities for learning about diversity and developing inclusive communities.
Dr. Derezotes is currently serving as Community Host for the weekly "Radical Middle" program on KRCL radio, which seeks to help identify common positions that people share, across the differences that often may divide us.
He is also currently working with a BTC site on the West Side of Salt Lake City, in cooperation with University Neighborhood Partner, that targets under-served and minoritized populations, including our growing aging and refugee populations. He is also supervises an on-campus site that serves a broad range of clients and is now offering specialized services to GLBTQ populations.
As Chair of Mental Health at the CSW, he is interested in helping students develop both artistic and scientific factors in micro, mezzo, and macro practice, and utilize all ways of knowing in informing practice (including both what is called “practice-based evidence” as well as “evidence-based practice”). Teaching and mentoring of students and practitioners is especially important to him, and Dr. Derezotes strives to incorporate experiential learning in the classroom and community. He currently runs the peer mentoring program in the CSW., supervises MSW students at Calvary Baptist Church, and does field work with students at the University Counseling Center.
As Director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program (P&CS) in the College of Humanities, Dr. Derezotes is currently working on many service projects, including dialogues on race, gender, and religion on campus and in the community, and the Dialogue Training Group, which focuses on social justice and diversity issues, co-sponsored by the University Women’s Resource Center. He is involved in the community-based “Bridging the Religious Divide” dialogue project, which has provided opportunities for community healing for over a decade in Salt Lake City. He also works with a dialogue group for men that involves deconstructing and challenging White male privilege and he facilitates campus and community dialogues on police and community violence.
On campus, he is facilitating a monthly Faculty Community of Scholars dialogue on spirituality and religion at CTLE. He is also active in supporting the development of campus diversity trainings, service projects, and multi-faith intiatives.
Dr Derezotes recently was invited to join the Utah MUSE program.
Dr. Derezotes has focused much of his scholarship in model building, and has published five textbooks, including the most-recent “Transforming historical trauma through dialogue” (Sage, 2014). In his model building, Dr. Derezotes has focused on “Ecobiopsychosocial-spiritual” approaches to work with the interrelationships between human well-being, eco-system sustainability, and spirituality.
Finally, on days when he is not working, David can often be found somewhere in the desert, where he loves to wander and wonder in the wild beauties of Utah.