The Gatton Academy
1906 College Heights Blvd. #71031
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1031
Class of 2019 Interview Day
Building Closed (Spring Break)
Statewide Jr. ACT Test
Gatton Research Showcase
WKU Student Research Conference
Closed Weekend (Easter)
Oak Ridge National Lab Trip
Senior Recognition Night
Building Closes for Year at 7:00pm
Week of the Arts, Louisville
Gatton Eclipse Event & 10 year anniversary
Dr. Derick Strode
Assistant Director, Academic Services
Office: FSH 142
Derick has worked at The Gatton Academy since fall 2008. His work involves connecting students to mentored research projects and helping students connect their accumulated experiences to appropriate conferences and scientific meetings, scholarships, and competitions.
Inspired by his own experiences abroad as a student, Derick organizes and plans study abroad experiences for Gatton Academy students annually to Costa Rica for ecological field research and to England for literature studies. Additionally, he coordinates the school’s STEM + Critical Language learning tracks in Arabic and Chinese.
Derick holds the Educational Doctorate from Western Kentucky University. His dissertation was a study of the impact of Gatton Academy study abroad programs on participants’ views of belongingness and personal growth and development. Derick also has a BA in English, an MAE in Student Affairs in Higher Education, a graduate certificate in International Student Services, and an MA in English. In his English thesis, he wrote on matters of family, his father’s early onset Alzheimer’s disease, and the Kentucky experience in a series of creative non-fiction essays.
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