Dr. Derrick Robinson

Assistant Professor

Ball Hall 123A
Office Hours
By appointment
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Dr. Derrick Robinson 

Derrick Robinson, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Memphis. Prior to his assignment at the University of Memphis, Dr. Robinson served two years as an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of South Dakota. Dr. Robinson brings 22 years of public education experience in teaching and leadership. Dr. Robinson has 15 years of K-12 teaching in Social Studies and Business Education and 7 years of K-12 leadership experience in urban schools from Prince George's County MD, Washington D.C., and Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Robinson's research interests explore the contextual nature of school climate and culture, leadership effectiveness, and teacher effectiveness all in urban settings. Dr. Robinson studies the P-20 educational trajectory of urban students. His latest works examines Critical Care Leadership in urban schools, identity development of Black junior faculty, and Leader Mindfulness in public school administrators. Recent evolutions of Dr. Robinson's research interests explore how educational leaders can enact resiliency, cultural responsiveness, and academic optimism to impact instructional experiences of students from pre-school to the doctoral program. As such, teacher effectiveness and identity development from public and higher education has become a focus of Dr. Robinson. Dr. Robinson also explores leader mindfulness, wellness, and care as an aspect of leader effectiveness practices.

Dr. Robinson provides workshops and professional development on equitable practices in education, leadership wellness and mindfulness, and culturally responsive and critical pedagogies. Dr. Robinson's workshop Starpower has been provided across several school districts and classrooms to spark meaningful paradigm shifts on responsive and equitable teaching practices. Dr. Robinson is also currently developing a group participatory action research project designed to create a comprehensive Principal Interview Instrument.


  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction-Urban Education, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2016)
  • MA., Educational Leadership, Wingate University (2010)
  • MBA, Finance Concentration, Johns Hopkins University (2002)
  • BA., Political Science, Morehouse College (1993)

Selected Publications

  • Robinson, D. (in press). We got y'all! Leading and supporting Black male teacher trajectories. Peabody Journal of Education
  • Robinson, D. (in Press). Dynamic dual anchoring: Advancing a framework for non-traditional doctoral degree student success. In Bonner, F.A., Smith, S. L., Williams, K.V., marbley, a.f. Square Pegs and Round Holes: Alternative Student Development Frameworks and Models for higher Education and Student Affairs. Stylus Publishing
  • Adams, T., Robinson, D., & Lewis, C. (2020). Developing scholar identities: A case study of Black males in an early college high school. Journal of African American Males in Education, 11(1), 6-22
  • Robinson, D. (2019). Urban Islands: How Social Capital Saves Lives. In Lewis, C., & Robinson, P., Global Issues and Urban Schools: Strategies to Effectively Teach Students in Urban Environments around the World. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing
  • Robinson, D., & Lewis, C. (2017). Typologies for effectiveness: Characteristics of effective teachers in urban learning environments. Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 13(1), 124-134